Ha Long bay is one of the most famous destinations for foreign tourists in Vietnam. Most tourists go to the bay by car or bus from Hanoi and take a 2-day boat trip to see the small popular corner of Ha Long Bay with the big caves and fishing floating villages. Ha, the long bay is about 1.500 square kilometers, It is big enough to choose a different and more suitable part to enjoy. This great Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Long bay and Cat Ba island is designed for tourists who wanna see Ha Long Bay differently and enjoy different bays with fewer tourists. This is one of our best north Vietnam motorbike tours!
Day 1: Hanoi – Hai Phong 150 km.( L, D )
At 8 AM, we motorcycle to the northeast of Hanoi from the city center, after 15 km riding we will take a visit to the famous ceramic village of Bat Trang by taking a short walk around the village to see the daily life of the local people and learn more about how to make ceramic from the local.
After that, we keep going to the northeast of Hai Phong city. We will arrive hotel in Hai Phong at 3 PM. We can choose to see some good attractions in the city or have a rest in a hotel.
Overnight in hotel – Hai Phong
Day 2: Ha Phong – Cat Ba Island ( B , L ,D )
After breakfast in the hotel, we will ride to Cat Ba island via local ferry. We will be on the island two hours later and right after that, we join a boat trip to discover the beautiful Lan Ha bay and the southern part of Ha Long Bay. Seafood lunch is on the boat. All the day you can be lazy on the sun deck, do swimming at some nice beaches without tourists. See the floating fishing villages or do kayaking through some stalactite caves. We will be back to Cat Ba island in the late afternoon.
Overnight in hotel – Cat Ba.
Day 3: Discovery Cat Ba island. ( B )
After breakfast in the hotel, we will have a short but great motorcycle tour around Cat Ba island.
(Cat Ba is the largest of the 366 islands spanning 260km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. It is commonly used as an overnight hotel stop on tours to Ha Long Bay run by travel agents from Hanoi. This island belongs to Haiphong city – the most famous city of industry in Vietnam.
Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found in Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove, and seagrass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba town, which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 km south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.)
The motorbike ride will offer you some peaceful villages located between the National park and the ocean and some beautiful caves. We should finish the motorbike tour at noon at the hotel to spend another half day at some beautiful beaches nearby the hotel.
Overnight in Hotel – Cat Ba town.
Day 4. Cat Ba - Halong Bay and motorcycle tour back to Hanoi.
Breakfast and take a short ride to Gia Luan wharf and then spend one and a half hours by local ferry through Halong bay, from the ferry you can view the beautiful bay of Haling. After getting to Ha Long city, let’s go straight to the restaurant for lunch and then get the bikes to ride back to Hanoi. We will finish the great Vietnam motorbike tour to Ha Long bay and Cat Ba island at 4:30 PM in Hanoi.