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Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)
Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

The Basics

Those looking to venture off the beaten track will find a natural playground ripe for exploring in Lan Ha Bay. Like the rest of Halong Bay, the best way to get around Lan Ha Bay is by boat, and the startling turquoise waters are peppered with hundreds of karst islands and dozens of white-sand beaches. Day cruises to the area typically include a stop at Cat Ba Island, plus time for swimming in the waters of Lan Ha Bay. Overnight and multi-day itineraries afford more time for kayaking, swimming, or exploring the limestone Dark and Bright Cave.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Halong Bay

star-5
This trip is the ship!
Rob_w, May 2022
Luxury Rosy 5 Star Cruise 3 Days Explore Halong Bay Lan Ha Bay Private Balcony
Great experience, really well looked after, lots to see and do. I will say the food isn’t great, and it can be a little disappointing compared to the street food, but it’s still ok to eat. Staff are really friendly. Would do this tour again for sure
star-5
Cat Ba island
Gillain_P, Feb 2020
Off The Beaten Track To Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay (2 days 1 night)
From the moment we were collected by bus in Hanoi to when we returned Sean and Brian ensured our travels to Halong Bay with Serenity cruises was smooth sailing. We were treated to the most wonderful service, incredible meals and the right amount of organised activities.
star-4
sleeping uncomfortable
tokieuto, Jan 2020
Lan Ha bay Boutique Cruise 2D/1N Tour: Kayaking & swimming at pristine places
Great experienced! Friendly and helpful staffs. However, sleeping arrangement were very tight for 4 of us (3 adults and a 8yo) on 1 single bed and 1 double bed
star-4
Very good for the price
treigner, Oct 2019
BOUTIQUE CRUISE Lan Ha Bay 2 Days, 1 Night Tour: Swimming,Kayaking,Squid Fishing
Great guide and schedule, amazing food, no supplements ever requested. Bar is expensive whereas not enough free water and some imperfections on the boat, but overall very good quality for this price !
star-5
Great non touristy alternative
Olivia C, Oct 2019
BOUTIQUE CRUISE Lan Ha Bay 2 Days, 1 Night Tour: Swimming,Kayaking,Squid Fishing
Lovely trip.The boat was basic but I wanted a less touristy boat trip and i got it. The small boat and location was great. The highlight was kayaking in la han as it was really peaceful and quiet. The tour guide was funny and informative. I would do this trip again - great value for money.
star-4
Rough start, great Cruise.
AskeEmil_B, Jul 2019
BOUTIQUE CRUISE Lan Ha Bay 2 Days, 1 Night Tour: Swimming,Kayaking,Squid Fishing
This overall Cruise was great, and did as promised. We went to nice, less touristy places, which is really nice compared to Vietnam’s many overbooked attractions. The rooms was not “luxury” but great for the price and with nice atmosphere and patina. The food was awesome and there was more than plenty! The guide “Ha” is really nice and welcoming and also very considerate of her guests, she speaks very well English and is fun and knows a lot about the area! She was very apologetic of the uneasy start, which was really none of her fault! At the start of the trip, there was some transporting chaos and it made the guide (not Ha, another one) lose his overview, and became stressed out. He simply lost his guests when walking to the harbour and since we were in a mixed group of one - and 2 day trips, after we setteled in on the first boat we were asked to leave the group we just started talking to, since we should not eat with them, so we here left to go up stairs. It would have been nice with a better briefing. However, after we transferred to our main boat, it was all fun and great experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lan Ha Bay offers a quieter and equally scenic alternative to popular Halong Bay.

  • Cruises through Lan Ha Bay often include hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi.

  • Don’t forget to pack a towel, bathing suit, and sun protection.

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How to Get There

Most travelers to this more remote bay visit as part of an organized cruise departing from Cat Ba Town. Most cruises arrange for round-trip transportation from Hanoi as part of the cost.

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When to Get There

Since Lan Ha Bay tends to receive far fewer visitors than Halong Bay, it’s possible to enjoy an uncrowded visit just about anytime throughout the year, even during peak season in December and January. The best weather tends to fall between March and May or September and November.

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Snorkeling and Diving in Lan Ha Bay

The waters of this tranquil bay provide a habitat for some 400 species of arthropods, 500 types of mollusks, and 200 species of fish. It’s a special place for diving or snorkeling, offering a chance to see rare coral and perhaps even a dolphin or two.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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