Bai Tu Long bay and local life in Cai Rong - Van Don island

Bai Tu Long Bay is an important part of Halong Bay, but while Halong Bay has been heavily exploited by large numbers of tourists, The Horizon Cruise offers an off-the-beaten-track adventure to natural seascapes of pristine beaches, deserted limestone pillars and remote floating fishermen villages. Cruising through the untouched waters of Bai Tu Long Bay promises a vacation of unique experiences, far from heavily touristic areas. 

Price from: 175 $

  • The only day cruise in Bai Tu Long bay - Van Don bay
  • Small group ( maximum 15 people on board)
  • Comfortable Minivan with Wifi, waters and tissues 
  • Traveling by new Express way Hanoi - Van Don (approximately 3 hours)
  • Traditional junk boat
  • Unique Itinerary to the off beat track area
  • Visiting stunning Dong Trong Cave without other tourists 
  • Kayaking and swimming with clean water 
  • Experienced English  guide
  • Discover local life off fishermen with alot of fishing boats and oyster farms

Day 1: Bai Tu Long day cruise ( Lunch, Dinner)

07:30 - 08:00 Our Minivan and Guide pick you up at your hotel in the Old quarter area and start driving on a new Express way to Cai Rong port in Van Don for a Bai Tu Long bay day cruise.

You are gonna have a boat ride around Bai Tu Long bay for 4,5 hours, you can go in between thousands of stunning limeston islands, do kayaking on very calm lagoons, swimming,  visiting beautiful limeston Cave and hiking to the top of Dong Trong island for the view of the port and Bai Tu Long bay as well.

Get back to Cai Rong port and check in the hotel with the view to the fish port.

Day 2: Cai Rong island local life (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning you are gonna discover the local life of the fishmen in Cai Rong floating village by sampan, then also have some hiking  up to Dong Trong island for the observation place where you can see the panoramic view of Cai Rong harbor and the stunning Bai Tu Long bay with thousands of islands 

Keep Visiting Cai Rong fish Market about 10 minuites away from the harbor, where you can see hundreds kind of seafoods being sold, all of them just came form the fishing boat in the early morning so they are very fresh

Cai Bau pagoda is very beautiful buddhist temple which can't be missed, it has a spectacular view to Bai Tu long bay, and been considered as the biggest and the most beautiful sacred temple in Van Don district.

After luch at the local restaurant you have couple of hours discover the town on your own and get pickup around 16:00pm transfer you back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi around 19:00pm and farewell.

Physical activities:

- a 4,5 hours boat ride.

- Visiting Phat Co cave

- 1 hour kayaking 

- swimming

- Hiking up to the top of Dong Trong island for the view

- Sampan trip around the Floating village

- 1 lunch on the boat

- 1 lunch, 1 diner in the local restaurant
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area. 
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.


- Minivan
- Traditional wooden boat

- Sampan

Tour Guides: 
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak fluent English. 
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

The cost of the trip includes: 

- Tour Guides.
- 3 meals
- entrance fees.
- permits during guided excursions.

- transportation

The cost of the trip does not include: 

- Tipping for staffs

- travel insurance.

- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).

- other personal expenses.

What to take: 

We also recommend packing: swim suit, personal articles, camera, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat..



– Mixed vege salad with vinegar sauce

– Fried springrolls

 Main courses

– Steamed Prawn with lemongrass

– Stir-Fried squids with Vegetables

– Steam fish in Soya sauce

– Sautéed vegetable with mushroom

– Steamed fragrant rice


– Fresh tropical fruits



– Mixed vege salad with vinegar sauce

– Chips

 Main courses

– Fried dumpling

– Soya-curd with tomato sauce

– Vegetarian spring-roll

– Vegetarian fake meat with tomato sauce

– Vegetarian noodle

– Steamed fragrant rice


– Fresh fruits


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