Experience a captivating 2-day, 1-night journey with Sena Cruise in Lan Ha Bay. Our traditionally designed vessel offers comfort and luxury with an oriental touch across 16 cabins. Explore the region’s natural wonders through kayaking, swimming, and biking. Visit the enchanting Dark-Light cave, immerse in local fishermen’s lifestyle, and unwind in Lan Ha Bay’s serene tranquility. Discover a unique, balanced adventure in this less touristy itinerary, blending Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay exploration.
Day 1: Hanoi – Tuan Chau – Lan Ha Bay.
08:00 – 08:30: If you have booked our transfer service, our friendly staff will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
11:30 – 12:00: Arrive at Tuan Chau Harbor, the starting point of your exciting journey.
12:00 – 12:30: Step onto the tender boat and be transported to the magnificent Sena Cruise, where a warm welcome awaits you. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink as our knowledgeable cruise manager provides a detailed briefing about the cruise and ensures your safety. Once settled, you will proceed to check-in to your comfortable cabin.
13:00 – 13:30: It’s time to satisfy your taste buds with a delectable lunch while Sena Cruise sets sail into the breathtaking Lan Ha Bay. This hidden gem, an extension of the renowned Ha Long Wonder, offers a serene and less crowded experience. Marvel at the iconic Finger Islet, Candle Islet, and the mesmerizing limestone formations that adorn the bay.
15:00: Prepare to discover the enchanting Dark and Bright Cave, known for its pristine natural beauty and picturesque landscapes in Lan Ha Bay. Capture the romance and tranquility of the surroundings through your lens and embrace the opportunity for bamboo boat rides or a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Immerse yourself in the sheer magnificence of the limestone mountains and the vivid blue sky above.
17:00: As we return to Sena Cruise, get ready for an unforgettable sunset party on Lan Ha Bay. Witness the sky ablaze with vibrant hues, providing the perfect backdrop for stunning photographs and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Take part in our engaging Cooking class, where you can learn the art of crafting traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and impress your friends back home.
Before dinner, our experienced captain will carefully choose a tranquil spot to anchor for the night, ensuring a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
19:00: Savor a sumptuous dinner, carefully prepared to delight your taste buds, and indulge in the flavors of Vietnam.
Afterward, take advantage of your leisure time to unwind at the bar, enjoy a movie in the restaurant, or treat yourself to a pampering spa treatment (advance booking required).
Quench your thirst with a wide selection of cocktails at our panoramic bar, or engage in onboard activities such as squid fishing or karaoke. We provide fishing rods and ensure the area is well-lit for squid fishing enthusiasts.
Prepare for a restful overnight stay on board the cruise, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of Lan Ha Bay, creating lasting memories of your journey.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay – Tuan Chau – Hanoi.
06:00: Start your day as an early bird with a photo hunt, capturing the breathtaking scenery, and rejuvenate your body and mind by joining our invigorating Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
07:00: Sena Cruises – Luxury Boutique Cruises continues its voyage, gliding past awe-inspiring karst towers. Delight in a tranquil atmosphere as you sip on tea or coffee and indulge in a light breakfast.
08:15: Embark on an exciting adventure of kayaking and swimming in the Tra Bau area, famous for being the filming location of Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh in 2018.
09:30: Return to the boat to complete the check-out process, cherishing the last moments of your cruise experience.
10:00: While relishing a delectable set menu lunch, Sena Cruise – Luxury Boutique Cruise gracefully navigates through the emerald waters, surrounded by the enchanting Karst Mountains. As an option, if you wish to visit Cat Ba Island, kindly inform us in advance, and we will arrange a transfer via our small transfer boat to Gia Luan Port.
11:30 – 12:00: Bid a fond farewell to the friendly crew as you disembark Sena Cruise and board the comfortable bus for your return journey to Hanoi.
15:00 – 16:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, bringing an end to an unforgettable and cherished trip filled with remarkable memories.
Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather.
Meals on board are fusion. Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guest should advise of any special food reference, allergies or dietary requirement at least 1 week prior to the cruise date.
Lan Ha bay cruise tours
Lotussia Travel is a local tour operator that offers a variety of cruise tours in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam. You can choose from Lan Ha Bay 1-day tour, Lan Ha Bay 2-day trips, or Lan Ha Bay 3-day cruise tour. You can stay on a shared boat or a private chartered cruise and explore the less crowded Lan Ha Bay. The itinerary above is just an example that we can customize to suit your preferences. You can follow it or contact us to design your ideal adventure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.