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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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1 Day Boat Tour: HaLong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Natural Beach and Full Moon Party
1 Day Boat Tour: HaLong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Natural Beach and Full Moon Party
$30.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every penny
Amazing experience . The tour was great and organised very efficiently. In addition, our tour guides King and Paul were clearly very experienced and were available to answer the many questions that came from all 14 of us. Special mention to Paul who very patiently guided my young son down Monkey Island. The tour also included a very nice lunch with vegetarian options and free drinks. Efficient time keeping all the way from the bus journey accross to the ferry and to the Island. Highly recommended
anthony_t, Dec 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Halong Bay

Exceeded Expectations!
mgarcia989, Jul 2022
The Catamaran - Luxury Full Day Cruise To Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
This experience exceeded our expectations and was a highlight of our trip. We switched to the non-Catamaran to depart from Ha Long Bay. The vessel was one of the nicest that we saw that day. Waiter service on both dining floors with a full bar and impressive buffet. In one day, we saw Ha Long Bay, went kayaking, hiking / swimming and traversed a cave. The Cruise Manager, Mr Han, went out of his way to welcome us as English speaking Americans. He runs a tight ship and made our day so fun!
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
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.
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
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 !
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.
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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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