Skip to Content

Visiting The Charming Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba National Park, Lan Ha Bay

Located in the heart of Cat Ba National Park in Lan Ha Bay – Halong Bay, Viet Hai Village is a lovely place to escape from the crowds in Northern Vietnam.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

This small, hidden idyllic village offers visitors the chance to experience traditional Vietnamese rural life while being surrounded by breath taking natural scenery.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village 

How To Get To Viet Hai Village

The easiest way to reach Viet Hai Village directly is to do an overnight cruise in Lan Ha Bay – Halong Bay, as some cruises include a visit to Viet Hai Village on their itinerary.

We recently came back from the 2 day/1 night overnight Lan Ha Bay cruise with Paradise Vietnam who make a stop at Viet Hai Village.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam

We loved how everything was organised for us and the price of the excursion was already included in our cruise.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

Alternatively, if you plan to visit independently, you can get the boat from Ben Beo Harbour on Cat Ba Island. 

From the pier, you can either get on the electric buggy or ride one of the bikes the 6 kilometres to Viet Hai Village.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

It’s a lovely journey, passing through some really stunning and picturesque landscapes, and there are no cars so it is really peaceful.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

Visiting Viet Hai Village:

Authentic Rural Vietnamese Experience

Viet Hai Village is home to around 70 families who work predominantly as farmers and fishermen, and a visit here offers a really authentic rural experience.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

It’s an old Vietnamese village that has maintained the traditional Vietnamese lifestyle and authentic charm due to its remote location and limited tourist traffic, and you can even see some houses still on stilts.

A visit to Viet Hai is a really unique opportunity to see traditional Vietnamese houses from back in the day.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

When we arrived, the friendly locals showed us inside some of the traditional houses that were over a hundred years old.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

The houses were simple in design but so charming with their thatched roofs.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

The locals also had some home made wines that we could try, and then they showed us their fish pond foot massage!

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village    

You put your feet in the fish pond and all the little fish come and nibble on your feet, getting rid of the dead skin and making your feet smooth! It feels so ticklish when the fish are nibbling though!

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

Lots Of Natural Beauty

Viet Hai Village is surrounded by spectacular scenery, with lush forests, towering limestone karsts, and vibrant rice fields all around. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love Viet Hai Village.

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

Behind the back of the houses was a little lake that we could sit next to and enjoy watching all the animals in the field!

paradise cruise halong bay lan ha bay overnight vietnam viet hai village

If you have the time, there are lots of hiking opportunities around Viet Hai Village, in the Cat Ba National Park. The hikes aren’t easy but offer stunning views.