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02 Days - Bai Tu Long Bay, Van Don Bay & Quan Lan Island

If we have limited time and wish to have a less conventional experience than Ha Long Bay, yet still want to see its natural wonders, this trip is ideal. It showcases some of the most impressive sights in Bai Tu Long Bay, from extraordinary rocks to excellent food, wonderful local families and much much more.

Day 01: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Quan Lan Island (Lunch and dinner are included)
Being next to Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Van Don Bat are both equally magnificent, yet are less frequently visited. Legend has it that the Child Dragon landed here, creating its amazing seascapes with thousand of islands rising out from the sea. Departing from Hanoi, we drive to Cam Pha town where Cai Rong port is located.

From here, we embark on a traditional wooden junk boat which takes us through the most stunning compressed and twisted islets, formed by mountain creation movement that occurred nearly 250 million years ago. This is followed by a kayak ride around picturesque limestone outcrops. Arriving on Quan Lan island, an island which features white sand beaches, tiny villages and verdant hills, we settle in with a retired fisherman's family for the night.

Day 02: Quan Lan Island - Bai Tu Long Bay - Cai Rong -  Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Thousands of years in the making, Quan Lan island, which is located in Van Don Bay, is a testament to the period when the sea receded leaving the island surrounded by ivory white sand dunes and stunning crescent beaches.

The island also boasts important historical significance, having once been a trading post and an ancient battleground during the Mongol invasion of Vietnam in the 13th century.

After having breakfast we enjoy bicycle across the island and explore its northern part, the best way to see all the sights, lush surroundings and breaktaking sea view, stay close to the fertile land and its friendly inhabitants. After that we enjoy a junk trip to discover the extent of the bay. The return journey follows a different route, allowing us a few hours to appreciate the tranquil beauty only found in Bai Tu Long Bay. We return to Hanoi at about 6pm.

Physical activities:
Easy cycling and kayaking with:
- a 1-2 hour kayak ride on Day 1.
- a 7-9 km bicycle ride on Day 2.

We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

English or french speaking tour Guides:
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides, all of whom speak excellent English or French. They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

- local homestay (1 night) or hotel. A clean and comfortable homestay with mosquito nets provided.

The cost of the trip includes:
- Accommodation.
- Transportation.
- Local english or french speaking guides.
- Meals listed on the itinerary.
- Entrance fees and taxes.
- Permits during guided excursions.

The cost of the trip does not include:
- Travel insurance.
- Drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
- Personal expenses.

What to take:
Pack essentials for a few days away from Hanoi including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities.
Take a small day pack for cycling. We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal articles, camera, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat.. Have a great journey!!!

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