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Ha Long Bay Explorer

Tour extension






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Discover Ha Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay, is actually a protected national park in its own right, less well known than Ha Long Bay. The latter is, in a mythical sense, the final resting place of the Mother Dragon who came to help the early Vietnamese defend their land from foreign invaders. Bai Tu Long, is known as the place where the Mother Dragon’s Children came to land and remained. It is a stunningly beautiful place, easily on par or in excess of the beauty of Ha Long Bay, and rewards those of us who have allowed more time to see this beautiful part of Vietnam. By spending two nights on the water, we can venture further out to this area, away from the throng of competing cruise boats in the main bay area.

The experiences on this tour are outstanding and include a paddling excursion by kayak, a barbecue lunch on the beach and some cave exploration, not to mention a visit to a fishing village where the community lives in floating houses.

This is the perfect way to begin or top off a visit to Vietnam, complementing the experience of our bicycle tours in the central and Mekong regions.


Walk / Kayak




4 Days / 3 Nights

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Day to Day itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Hanoi

If you are taking this as a pre-tour extension, you will arrive into Hanoi international airport where a private driver will collect you for the 30-minute drive into Hanoi.

If you are taking this as a post-tour extension, on the afternoon of the last day of your tour, a driver will be waiting to take you to the Airport for the included flight to Hanoi (only applies to tours ending in Vietnam). An equally courteous driver will collect you for the 30-minute drive into the city.

Your hotel is located just on the edge of the Old Quarter, an area known as the original heart and soul of Hanoi, where the vibrant buzz of the city is strongest. After checking in, take a wander of the neighborhood, have a drink at a streetside bar and enjoy a delicious meal from one of the various restaurants that Grasshopper Adventures will recommend.

Day 2

Meals: B,L,D

Enter The Dragon – Arrive into Bai Tu Long Bay

The bus will collect you at 8:30am for the 3 hour drive to Ha Long Bay. On arrival and after some formalities, you will board your 10 cabin ship and set sail. Within 30 minutes you will be passing through the iconic limestone karst scenery for which the area is famous. Lunch will be served on board and then as you relax on deck, the ship will navigate into a sheltered cove where the kayaks will be set down.

Paddling through gaps in the karts, through large caves and into lagoons within the islands, you will be amazed at the scenic beauty of this place. After a pleasant hour and a bit of paddling, you will return to the ship and continue cruising to another cove where the ship will drop anchor for the evening and dinner will be prepared.

Day 3

Meal: B,L,D

Paddling & Beach Time in the Bay

Today you will venture into the Bai Tu Long Bay area, a further flung part of Ha Long. Here you will have the opportunity for a swim on a sandy beach and if you like, some more kayaking. A barbecue lunch will be prepared on the beach and then in the afternoon there is a visit to Thien Can Son Cave which involves a vigorous walk to reach the opening. This is a nice bit of exercise to work up an appetite for another feast onboard the ship this evening.

Day 4

Meal: B,L

Floating Fishing Communities and time to leave

This morning, visit Vung Vieng fishing village where the local people still earn their livelihood from the sea and where the school is on a floating pontoon. We explore the village in a row boat and this allows you to interact with the locals as you go instead of disturbing the peace with a motorboat.

Back on board the ship, we cruise to port and are set down just in time for lunch which is served in a restaurant near the pier. Then it’s a 3 hour drive back to Hanoi. You can expect to arrive back into the city around 4:30pm. A separate driver will then take you to the airport for your departure flight. It would be realistic to fly at 7:30pm or later.

If you are taking this as a pre-tour extension the flight to your starting destination will be arranged and included in the package (only applies to tours starting in Vietnam).

Tour inclusions

What’s Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Domestic Flight to or from Hanoi
  • All land transport (Hanoi-Ha Long- Hanoi)
  • Welcome drink
  • Deluxe Room in Ha Noi’s Old Quarters
  • Luxury ensuite cabin with A/C & hot water
  • All meals on the boat
  • Tea & Coffee free with breakfast
  • Onboard guide
  • Kayaking

What’s not

  • Personal expenses
  • Extra snacks and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

Tour Package

This tour extension comes with accommodation, activities and all meals outlined in the itinerary included in the package. The tour package is priced at US$690 p.p twin share, for solo travelers there is a single supplement of $458.

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How to book an extension?

This package is available as an extra when booking any one of our applicable tours. 

You will find the option to add the extension within the online booking form. Alternatively, get in touch with our team to discuss adding this extension option to your tour booking.  

Please note: If you are traveling solo, you must also select the “Single Supplement”.

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