Cycling in Mai Chau, Vietnam

Halong Bay Kayaking

We offer the highest-quality kayaking tours of Halong from 2 to 5 days in length. The three-day tour is a nice compliment to our cycling tours or as a short side-trip from Hanoi. Seafood cuisine and long-distance transport are on one of our "mother ships" - cruising boats equipped with comfortable, private cabins and lavatories with spacious top deck and dining room. Small groups on our 8 or 3-cabin boats are served by a crew of 5 including a talented chef and lead by a internationally-licensed kayaking guide with minimum of 5 years on the bay. Meals are abundant and delicious, highlighting local seafood cooked up fresh. Vegetarians can also be accommodated. Private tours may alter the itinerary to their desires, although our shared boat will have plenty of options for swimming, hiking, exploration of floating villages and other activities aside form kayaking.

Note: Our Halong Bay trips are only offered as extensions to our longer cycling trips or for private groups.

3-Day Itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi to Halong Bay via private car, stopping en route to admire the picturesque landscape and villages en route. After arrival, board traditional wooden yacht for seafood lunch while cruising out onto the bay.

After docking to hike in Hang Dau Go (Hiding the Timber Cave), the largest grotto in the Halong (everyone does this, but it's worth a glance and allows us to prep the kayaks). Afterwards, boarding kayaks for afternoon paddle with your guide. Return to boat for sunset and seafood dinner. Overnight on board.

Day 2
Are we in a James Bond movie (that would be Goldfinger)? After omelettes, tasty soup, bread, butter, jam and a strong jolt of that delicious Vietnamese sweetened coffee, off for a full day on the bay, exploring grottos, coves, inland lagoons, and empty white-sand beaches. Also options for island hiking, visiting floating villages and swimming in beach coves or lazing on the deck.

Lunch, dinner and overnight on boat.

Day 3
Another beautiful, peaceful morning on the bay. Half-day kayaking and other activities by preference. Farewell banquet lunch with crew before return to Halong port. After, return by private car to Hanoi, arrving late afternoon at your hotel.

Landcost (2-3 days): From US$380 per person (based on four people, discount for larger groups), including all freshly-cooked meals, bottled water, accommodation, professional kayaks, experienced kayak guide, instruction, and transportation to and from Hanoi. Private boat tours start at $1,580. Accommodation is on the Huong Hai Deluxe boat or the new 3-cabin boat, the finest boats on Halong. Click here for our packing list.