Visiting Lan Ha Bay
It’s probably a better option than Ha Long: you’re much closer to the action on Cat Ba so there’s less time spent getting to the pretty bit. Also, tours explore beautiful Lan Ha Bay, which you won’t get to if travelling from Ha Long City, unless you’re out for three days.
You can also book two- or three-day trips around the bay or get a boat out to Monkey Island – for some beach time – or with a stop to cycle to Viet Hai Village.
Travel agent prices range from $10 to $25 for a day trip, depending on route. You won’t save anything if you buy your Monkey Island trip at the harbour, and times are inconsistent, so you’re best off booking with an agent, but if you want a short tour of the bay it could be a bit cheaper. You’ll pay 750,000 VND for a two-hour tour plus 20,000 to 30,000 VND entry, but don’t forget you also need to get to the pier.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.