Your Guide To Kayaking In Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

What better way is there to explore something then by diving head first into it? In this case, it would be kayaking head first into it. To be clear, we’re talking about kayaking in Lan Ha Bay and the amazing experiences you will have while doing it.

After spending a wonderful night in Lan Ha Bay, we were ready to venture further into the bay and see what it’s all about. 

Your Guide To Kayaking In Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

What’s The Difference Between Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay vs. Ha Long Bay

Before you freak out over the idea of not kayaking in THE Ha Long Bay, hear us out. Ha Long Bay is beautiful but with the influx of tourism, it has become crowded and polluted (Read about Responsible Travel here).

Do you really want to be surrounded by boats and see floating debris? We sure didn’t. Which is why we were willing to switch it up because one thing is guaranteed, the views are spectacular.

Lan Ha Bay is at the southern end of Ha Long Bay. It’s far away from the hordes of boats and home to some white sandy beaches for you to enjoy. Even through it doesn’t have the name tourists recognize, Lan Ha Bay is still astoundingly beautiful and sure to please.

Booking Your Kayaking Trip In Lan Ha Bay

The same company we booked our overnight experience with, Asia Outdoors, we booked our kayaking day with.

cost for the kayaking day trip was 590,000 VND or $25 USD. What is included in the price you may be wondering? Well, let us tell you.

  • Transportation To and From the Docks
  • Access Fees
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Junk Boat and Captain
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Kayak

The day started at 8:30am and lasted till 5:00 – 5:30pm. An eventful and insanely unforgettable day.

What To Pack For The Kayaking Trip in Lan Ha Bay 

Bring a dry bag/ waterproof bag and put the following into it.

  • Swim Suit
  • Sunscreen – If you burn easy think about bringing a shirt or hat to help protect your skin
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes to change into
  • Waterproof or Action Camera
  • Sunglasses

About Our Day Kayaking In Lan Ha Bay

The day started with a boat cruise into the bay that allowed us to take in the beautiful views. We were introduced to our guide, went over some safety guidelines, life jacketed up and headed out!

We paddled past the beautiful limestone karsts that jut from the sea and try to touch the sky. You felt surrounded at times at how many there were.  We paddled in and out of different bays through eroded openings in the karsts.

After a few hours of paddling exploration, we headed back to the boat for lunch. What a spread it was. Loads of rice, tasty tofu, morning glory and a spread of other veggies to help us get our energy up for the second half of the day.

After lunch, we had some time for a quick rest then we were back at it again. We hop back in the kayaks and set off in a different direction to explore other areas.

We head over to a beach to jump out and take a swim and lay on the warm sand. The water was freezing but we never say no to an adventure.

After the day was done, we head back to the boat and where we were able to swim for a bit. Jesse and some other friends we made, took turns jumping from the top deck into the emerald green waters below.

Once it was time to go, we headed up to the top deck and had a few beers as we sailed into the sunset back to the dock. A day full of new adventures that we are sure to never forget.

Where To Stay Near Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

For The Budget Conscious: Located smack dat in the Cat Ba National Park, Hoi Lake Farmstay is a little oasis. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking a lake, this place is a serious magical getaway.

For The Luxury Inclined: Wanting to get out on the water and stay there? Then Ocean Cruise is just for you. Offering lovely accommodations and an amazing assortment of food, Ocean Cruise will leave you with one massive smile.

For Something In Between: Cat Ba Family Homestay hosts are super friendly and welcome you with smiles. To it’s clean rooms and easy-to-book tours, Cat Ba Family Homestay is a great choice when visiting Lan Ha or Ha Long Bays.

For Something Unique: If you are looking for one hell of an amazing experience, look no further than Xinh Floating House. Once here, you’ll be able to experience beauty and culture of the floating villages of Vietnam!

For more places to stay near Lan Ha Bay, you can check out the latest places and prices here.


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Happy Travels,

– Lauren & Jesse Stuart (The Stü

3 Replies to “Your Guide To Kayaking In Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam”

  1. So, there was a beach in the bay – it looked so vertical with all those limestone marvels to wonder about – I wouldn’t have thought so!

    Kayaking and swimming are great things to go for an adventure activity session – it looks as much fun to read this article as it might’ve been to experience the adventure – truly wonderful moments!

  2. Hi! Thanks.Excellent article.

    1. Hi! Welcome. Excellent review 🙂

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