Impressive Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba – 4 Days
By Michael Dong
Ha Long bay is one of the most famous destination for tourists while touring in Vietnam. Most of tourist go to the bay by car or bus from Hanoi and take a 2 day boat trip to see the small popular corner of Ha Long bay with the big caves and fishing floating villages. Ha long bay is about 1.500 square kilometers, It is big enough to choose a different and more suitable part to enjoy. This great Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Long bay and Cat Ba island is designed for tourist who wanna see Ha Long bay in different way and enjoy different bay with less tourists. This is one of our best north Vietnam motorbike tours; However it’s not suitable to the novice!
Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island – Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi motorbike tours to Hai Phong
Day 2: Hai Phong – Cat Ba by Boat.
Day 3: Discovery Cat Ba island.
Day 4. Boat trip back to Hai Phong and motorcycle tour back to Hanoi.
Day 1: Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island: Hanoi motorbike tours to Hai Phong
At 8 AM, we motorcycle to the north east of Hanoi from city center, after 15 km riding we will take a visit to famous ceramic village of Bat Trang by taking a short walk around the village to see the daily life of the local people and learn more about how to make ceramic from the local.
After that, we keep going to the northeast to Hai Phong city. We will arrive hotel in Hai Phong at 3 PM. We can choose to see some good attractions in the city or have rest in hotel.
Overnight in hotel – Hai Phong
Day 2: Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island: Hai Phong – Cat Ba by Boat.
After breakfast in hotel, we will take a bus to the wharf and take a speed boat to Cat Ba island. We will be in the island one hour later and right after that we join another boat trip to discover beautiful Lan Ha bay and southern part of Ha Long Bay. Sea food lunch is on the boat.
All the day you can be lazy on the sun desk, do swimming at some nice beaches without tourist. See the floating fishing villages or do kayaking through some stalactite caves. We will be back to Cat Ba island in the late afternoon.
Overnight in hotel – Cat Ba.
Day 3: Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island: Discovery Cat Ba island.
After breakfast in hotel, we will have a short but great motorcycle tour around Cat Ba island.
(Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay.
It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city – the most famous city of industry in Vietnam.
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.)
The motorbike ride will offers you some peaceful villages located between the National park and the ocean and some beautiful caves. We should finish the motorbike tour at noon at the hotel in order to spend another half day at some beautiful beaches nearby hotel.
Overnight in Hotel – Cat Ba town.
Day 4. Hanoi Motorbike Tours to Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island :
Boat trip back to Hai Phong and motorcycle tour back to Hanoi.
Free in the morning until 10 AM take a short walk to the speed boat wharf and then spend one and a half hour on the boat. After getting on Hai Phong city, let’s go straight to the restaurant for lunch and then get the bikes to ride back Hanoi. We will finish the great Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Long bay and Cat Ba island at 4 PM in Hanoi.
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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).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English speaking guide
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)
Saigon, Cat Tien National Park, Dalat – Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Kon Tum, Hoi An via My Son Sanctuary, Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An, DMZ & Khe Sanh, Phong Nha Caves, Tan Ky, Cuc Phuong National Park, Mai Chau, Hanoi