The 2 days Cat Ba National Park Trek starts from Hanoi, takes you through Hai Phong, to Cat Ba island where you have about 5 hours hiking in the forest, and spend the night at a local home, homestay in Viet Hai village.
Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba National Park – Viet Hai Village.
You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to Hai Phong (early departure). On arrival in Hai Phong, you will take a speed boat and travel to Cat Ba Island. Arrive in Cat Ba town, enjoy a short walk in Cat Ba town. Visit the local market, the tourist quarter and fishing village. Then have lunch in a local restaurant in town. After lunch, you will be transferred by motor-taxi to Cat Ba National park from where you will begin a 4-hour challenging hike through Cat Ba National Park and up to one of the mountain summits. The park is located approximately 30 km east of Haiphong, covering about 263 km² and comprising 173 km² land and 90 km² of inshore water. Cat Ba National Park is a special-use forest in Vietnam, the world’s biosphere reserve. Cat Ba National Park of Cat Hai district, Hai Phong. The 18km hiking trails ends at Viet Hai village. Check into a local lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Viet Hai Village – Cat Ba Island – Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a short bicycle ride from Viet Hai ecolodge to the boat pier (about 2 km). The biking trail is easy with a few up and downhill rides. On arrival at Viet Hai boat pier, you will be picked up by our sharing shuttle boat and transferred back to Cat Ba town. The boat trip will take you through floating fishermen villages and islets of different shapes emerging from the emerald water. Arrive back in Cat Ba island town, you may want to have lunch before taking the speed boat again for travelling back to Hai Phong city where your Lotussia vehicle will be waiting for. Enjoy the two-hour drive back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi (hotel: own arrangements). The end of Lotussia Travel services.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.