A new way to discover Lan Ha bay by Standup paddleboard and Kayak

(Updated: 5/17/2016 1:35:30 AM)

NEW AT INDOCHINE JUNK! Be one of the first people to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) in Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy this stunning karst archipelago by kayaking and SUPing into hidden lagoons, limestone caves, through archways, and past floating villages. Stand up paddleboarding is a phenomenon taking off globally. Come learn the basics and tour one of the most breathtaking aquascapes Southeast Asia has to offer.

Paddle through Lan Ha Bay’s beautiful, less-traveled and highly protected conservation areas with a new perspective. Standing up allows you to see more of the bay and deep under the surface by reducing glare and elevating yourself above the water.

Sample Itinerary
Meet at 8:15 > SUP by 9:20 > Lunch at noon > kayak in the afternoon > Back to the shop for 5:30

Description
Cast off into Lan Ha Bay: the stunning, less touristy southern portion of Ha Long Bay. We’ll cruise through a maze of karst towers before collecting kayaks from a floating fish farm and paddling though the bay's passages, experiencing local fishing life along the way.  

Kayaking will no doubt leave you hungry for lunch! We'll set you up with a Vietnamese lunch cooked fresh by our crew on our traditional junk boat. After lunch grab a drink, read a book, enjoy a nap, or play photographer as you cruise to a tranquil cluster of islands. We’ll arrive at our afternoon SUP destination and drop anchor once more. Our guides will take you to hidden lagoons, deserted beaches, through arches and to walls where monkeys can sometimes be spotted before cruising back to Cat Ba Island under the setting sun.

Primary Activities: Kayaking, stand up paddleboarding
Other Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, exploring, and cruising the bay
Designed For: Anyone (Ages: 6-150+) - no experience necessary
Helpful to Bring: Sunscreen, insect repellent, swimsuit, change of clothes, camera, towel, water, snacks, and sandals or flip flops
Included on Trip: Transportation, access fees and tickets, kayak guide fluent in English, junk boat with captain and crew, lunch, kayaks, and personal "flotation" device
Days Offered: Every day

SUP FAQs
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
For cold days: We suggest either swimsuit and shorts or waterproof pants, with a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. If you bring a jacket with metal pieces in the zipper, be sure to rinse it with fresh water when you get back to the island!
For warm days: Swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt and hat!

WILL I GET WET KAYAKING/SUPing?
Almost definitely. Even if you decide not to swim, you can expect some splashing from your paddle and from occasional small waves. It is suggested that everyone jump in at least once to practice falling and remounting the board.

DO YOU HAVE DRY BAGS?
Yes. We provide enough dry bags for one per boat, large enough to hold a camera, snacks or extra sunscreen.

WHAT IF I CAN'T SWIM?
We don’t want that to rule you out.  We provide personal floatation devices for every participant, so if that gives you the assurance you need, please join us.  Just let us know any concerns you have so your guide can keep a closer eye on you or have you in their kayak.   

CAN I KAYAK/SUP WITHOUT A GUIDE?
No. Lan Ha Bay is an island maze, where changing tides close passages and thick mist can develop without warning. Even with a compass, it can be extremely difficult to navigate among islands. For this reason, all of our kayak trips are guided. Please feel free to contact us at info@indochine-junk.com for more info

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