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Vietnam Motorbike Tour From Hanoi To Cat Ba island

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In love with two wheels but not having weeks to ride along the country? Let’s enjoy our Vietnam short motorbike tours. This unique motorbike tour starting from Hanoi will give…







Destination: Cat Ba Island

Duration: 3 Days

Total approx: 360 km.

Transport:
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Price: $ 1600

Departure:Weekly

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Tel : +84 (0)904124997 or +84 4 39766279

We can extend in Viet Hai village and/or Cat Ba town

Option 1: Bungalow in Viet Hai village – 2days, 1night

DAY 1: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CAT BA ISLAND AND CRUISING TO VIET HAI VILLAGE

In the morning we start our motorbike tour by riding to Hai Phong on Road 5, and then put our bikes on high speed boat from Binh wharf in Hai Phong city to Cai Vieng wharf in Cat Ba island. Jump on motorbikes again to explore Cat Ba National Park on a beautiful road across the island until reaching Cat Ba town.
Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba Town which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba Town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.
Park our motorbikes in Beo port, cruise to Lan Ha bay, where we do swimming and kayaking. It’s as wonderful as Halong bay, but quiet and fresher.
Lunch on boat before arriving Viet Hai port, it’s in the other side of the island. From here to Viet Hai village, we have 2 options: take a 3.5km-hike inside or let locals ride us in by scooter.
Dinner and overnight in bungalow, located inside Cat Ba National Park.

Summary:
Distance: 140 km (on bike)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow

DAY 2: VIET HAI BOAT CRUISING TO CAT BA AND MOTORCYCLE TOUR BACK HANOI

Take the same way back to Viet Hai port and cruise back to Cat Ba town by shorter way. We’ll have time to ride around the town before having lunch here.
Almost the same way back in the afternoon.

Option 2: 3 days, 2 nights (bungalow and hotel):

DAY 1: HANOI MOTORBIKE TOUR TO CAT BA ISLAND AND CRUISING TO VIET HAI VILLAGE

In the morning we start our motorbike tour by riding to Hai Phong on Road 5, and then put our bikes on high speed boat from Binh wharf in Hai Phong city to Cai Vieng wharf in Cat Ba island. Jump on motorbikes again to explore Cat Ba National Park on a beautiful road across the island until reaching Catba town.
Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba Town which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba Town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.
Park our motorbikes in Beo port, cruise to the bay, where we do swimming and kayaking. It’s as wonderful as Halong bay, but quiet and fresher.
Lunch on boat before arriving Viet Hai port, it’s in other side of the island. From here to Viet Hai village, we have 2 options: take a 3.5km-hike inside or let locals ride us in by scooter.
Dinner and overnight in bungalow, located inside Cat Ba National Park.

Summary:
Distance: 140 km (on bike)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalow

DAY 2: VIET HAI BOAT CRUISING TO CATBA TOWN

In the morning, depending on the group’s mood, we can either take it easy in village, or trek in Cat Ba National Park up to Hai Quan peak to take a wonderful view of Halong bay.
At the heart of Cat Ba Island lies a visually stunning and ecologically diverse national park. In 1986, 9,800 [98 km²] hectares (approximately one third of the Island’s total land mass) was annexed as Cat Ba National Park, the first decreed protected area in Vietnam to include a marine component. It had previously been the site of a timber company. In 2006, the boundaries of the national park were redefined, so the park contained 109 km² of land area and an additional 52 km² of inshore waters and mangrove covered tidal zones. In 2004, Cat Ba Archipelago was declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area in order to protect the multiple terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well the diverse plant and animal life that is found on the Island. The UNESCO designation divides the archipelago into three distinct areas, each with certain functions and restrictions that regulates development and conservation measures on the Island: Core area, Buffer zone and Outer transitional area.
After lunch, we cruise back to Cat Ba town, check in the hotel and have free time to explore this small tourist town or spend time on Cat Co 1, 2, or 3 (three sandy beaches a short walk from Town).
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 3: CATBA MOTORBIKE TOUR BACK HANOI

Same way back to Hai Phong, where we spend time for lunch and then straight back Hanoi on Road 5.

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Note: We provide support truck (120$ per day) for emergency and for your safe riding in Vietnam – Most of other tour operators do not offer that. Contact us if you think it’s necessary.

Vietnam Motorbike Tour From Hanoi To Cat Ba island
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* ACCOMMODATION:
– We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.

– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.

– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room

– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.

* MEALS:
– Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.

– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.

– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic:
+ DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so

+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.

+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!

+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.

+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.

+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..

+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.

+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,

+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.

+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade

* Tipping for guides & mechanic:
Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).

Inclusions

Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)

 Helmet(s)

 Driving gears

 Gasoline on tour

 English or French speaking guide

 Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)

 Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)

 Meals as indicated in the itinerary

 Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

 High speed boat, boat cruising, kayak(s), bicycle(s)

Exclusions

• Travel insurance

• Visa

• Air-ticket

• Tips

• Personal expenses

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