Silversea Luxury Cruises A Cai Lan

Located less than eight miles (12 kilometres) from the Ha Long Bay tender pier, Cai Lan is the deep water port of Hon Gai (Ha Long City) area. Ha Long Bay is among Vietnam’s most celebrated attractions and a designated World Heritage Site. Its seascape offers fantastic sites of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches, and tranquil coves. Many of the rock formations rise from the sea to heights between 300 and 900 feet (90-275 metres) like green-clad plaster monsters. View more

The name Ha Long Bay, or ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, has its origin in an ancient legend, according to which a huge dragon descended and assisted the Vietnamese in their fight against northern invaders. After victory, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islands to protect the locals. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster. Some of the outcroppings, caves, and grottoes have a most exotic appearance. They have been given such names as Face Island, Isle of Wonders, and Isle of Surprise, among others.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursiones en Cai Lan

This full-day excursion offers the opportunity to visit the historic capital of Vietnam. Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence.


Depart from Cai Lan pier, relax, and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities. Along the way, stop at Dong Trieu Ceramic Village and observe the age-old process of making traditional ceramics.


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the 'Father of the Country'. Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the 'One Pillar Pagoda', shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information. The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street). The crafts of the past have given way to new products, but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures.


Enjoy some free time to explore on foot before returning to the van. Begin the journey back to Cai Lan and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary. Traffic may cause delays. The drive from Cai Lan port to Hanoi is approximately 3.25 hours in each direction. Transportation is via mini-van with generally 6 guests per van for comfort.

Kayak Adventure in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Ha Long Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


This half-day excursion offers a great opportunity to paddle up-close to the caves and rocks, truly a unique adventure in Ha Long Bay.


Depart the pier in Cai Lan for the 20-minute ride to Ha Long Wharf. Here, board a junk boat for a cruise to the kayaking location on Ha Long Bay. Once in your kayak, explore the Ba Hang (Three Caves) area. Next, paddle amid dramatic natural scenery and see Luon Cave and the fishing village.


This adventure concludes when you return to the junk for the cruise back to the tender pier and drive to Cai Lan.


Please note: This tour requires approximately 2.5-3 hours of paddling and is recommended only to guests who are physically fit. We recommend wearing a swimsuit under your clothing, bringing sunscreen, a sunhat and a towel. Waterproof cameras are also highly suggested. Kayaks accommodate one or two people. Operation is contingent upon favourable weather and sea conditions.

Yen Tu Zen Monastery

Experience a little of the life and culture at a Zen Monastery on this half-day outing into the Viet Nam countryside.


Board the coach at the Cai Lan pier and drive for approximately 1-1.5 hours towards the Yen Tu Buddhist Zen Monastery. Along the way, enjoy the views of the scenic countryside of Ha Long, passing villages surrounded by bamboo fences and lime stonewalls.


Learn of the history of Vietnamese's Buddhist Zen, set up by the Tran Kings who destroy the Kublaikhan troop in the 13th century. After their victory, they climbed into this primitive forest and dedicate their life to Buddhism. Visit the monastery; listen to the Zen lesson given by one of the monks as he demonstrates the proper techniques for Zen meditation.


Leaving the monastery, drive towards the Limestone Mountains, where you stop briefly for photos, before arriving at a local village and farm. Walk into the village made up of small roads, houses, village temples, street barbershops and village coffee shops. At a local home, chat with the resident farmer, interact with the children and learn of their lives and ways of worship, while you sip a cup of tea. Visit the farmers' gardens, full of fruit trees from the north of Vietnam.


Afterwards, re-board the coach for the hour's return to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires 2 hours of walking with approximately 20 steps to climb. The ground in the village may be unpaved with an uneven surface. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour sequence may vary. The driving distance between Cai Lan pier and the monastery is approximately 1.5 hours.

Silver Shore Privato - Hanoi by Private Car & Guide - Full Day

For those guests interested in travelling to the city of Hanoi independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private car. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of Vietnam.


Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned car with a driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited to two guests per car. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 Hours prior to arrival in Cai Lan. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Please see the Shore Concierge on board to plan and confirm your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time.

Silver Shore Privato - Hanoi by Private Van & Guide - Full Day

For those guests interested in travelling to the city of Hanoi independently, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day's discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of Vietnam.


Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with a driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited to six guests per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this programme.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 Hours prior to arrival in Cai Lan. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Please see the Shore Concierge on board to plan and confirm your individual itinerary. An additional hourly fee is applied for guests wishing to tour for a longer period of time.

Silver Shore Privato - Cai Lan by Private Car wih Driver & Guide - Half Day

Explore Cai Lan at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Cai Lan by Private Car with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Cai lan at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Cai Lan by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Half Day

Explore Cai Lan at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Cai Lan by Private Van with Driver & Guide - Full Day

Explore Cai Lan at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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