Popular Vietnamese writer Nguyen Tuan has more than once confessed his love for the beauty and charm of Co To island. “How can I name the colour of the sea today? Why does it have such an unreasonable blue? Is this the colour of a young banana leaf? Or an old banana leaf? Or is it like the green colour of the young rice field?” he wrote in his book A Journal to Co To. Tuan finally gives up as “the moment you say the colour, it has changed to something different.”
This Bai Tu Long bay tour starts from Hanoi, with 1 night group tour on Dragon Pearl junk among the bay, 1 night stay in Cai Rong town facing Bai Tu Long bay, plus the rest 2 nights private tour on Co To island. BBQ seafood dinner on Hong Van beach is included. Travel by shuttle bus, private car and speed boat.
Bai Tu Long bay tour suits for those who want to escape from this world. Co To island lures everyone at the first sight. Staying on Dragon Pearl junk and Co To Eco Lodge makes this “a short trip of a lifetime”. Forget everything. Just relax.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong City – Bai Tu Long Bay (L,D)
8.00 – 8.30: Our tour guide picks you up at your Hanoi hotel. Morning transfer by cruise shuttle bus to Halong city passing through Bai Chay bridge, the symbol of Halong city. Arrive at Hon Gai harbour at around noon. Check in Dragon Pearl junk. Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay. Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water. Explore the secluded Thien Canh Son Cave. Short cruise to Hon Co Island where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swim or kayaking. Back to the junk for relaxation. Dinner and overnight on Dragon Pearl junk.
Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Hon Gai Harbour – Cai Rong – Bai Dai Beach (B,L)
Get up early to welcome the sunrise on the sundeck. Have breakfast in the open air.
08.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village in a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. Then you have more leisure time for swimming in the middle of the bay.
10.00: Cruise back to the harbour while an a la carte lunch is served.
11.45: Disembark Dragon Pearl junk. Then you meet our tour guide from Hanoi again at Hon Gai harbour. Private car transfer from Hon Gai harbour to Cai Rong port. After 1 hour drive, you check in at your hotel near from Cai Rong port. This afternoon is your relaxation time in Bai Dai beach, the most ideal place in Van Don district facing directly to Bai Tu Long bay. Walk to the end of this beach to visit Cai Bau pagoda, another place for your view from heights at Bai Tu Long bay. Overnight in Cai Rong town.
Day 3: Speed Boat to Co To Island – BBQ Seafood Dinner (B,D)
Early breakfast and check out your hotel. Embark the speedboat from Cai Rong port at 7:30 AM to Co To island 9:00 AM. Private transfer from Co To wharf to Co To Eco Lodge, Hong Van beach. Check in your bungalow and enjoy your afternoon at beach leisure. Evening BBQ seafood dinner on Hong Van beach is included. Overnight in Co To Eco Lodge.
Day 4: Co To Island (B)
Enjoy a full day of island sightseeing by motorbiking with our guide. By motorbiking, you’re free to enjoy the true nature of beaches, mountains, and rock grounds fully. Visit Van Chay beach famous for its white sand and blue water. Visit Mong Rong and Cau My rock ground, where you will find the most splendid scene of Co To island. Trekking to Co To lighthouse to see the overview of Co To island. Pass by Co To park to join some beach games (game fees are paid by yourselves). Return to Co To Eco Lodge for refreshment.
Day 5: Co To Island – Cai Rong Port – Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, you’re transferred to Co To wharf. Speedboat departs at 9:30 AM from Co To to Cai Rong port. Upon arrival, you take the shuttle bus Phuc Xuyen or Kumho with our tour guide back to your Hanoi hotel. Arrive in Hanoi at 15:00 or 17:30 depending upon the bus schedule available. End of services.