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Welcome to our Ha Long Bay & Cat Ba Island Tours.

Since 1994, the Aussie based, Griswald's Vietnamese Vacations & our REAL Kangaroo Café offices in Ha Noi have offered high quality, small group tours to Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island & at reasonable prices too. We specialise in singles, couples, small groups & families & offer private charter tours as well.

The Kangaroo Café

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ONLY at .....18 Bao Khanh St, Ha Noi


Our You Tube & Face Book pages are often updated & worth a squiz too !

Some good news about our Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island Tours !

In recent times, most of the tour operators stopped going over to Cat Ba Island but, on our 3 Day, Ha Long Bay & Cat Ba Island tour, we still do & our guests say they couldn't be happier with it.

Getting off the boat & checking into one of the best hotels on Cat Ba Island to get your land legs back is nice. Some free time expoloring Cat Ba Island is very popular with our guests too they say.

Our 9 Room Boat

(with a triple room that's just great for families)

This just might just be the page you've been looking for !

Getting real advice on travelling in Vietnam or why make it so difficult ?

These days with all the self promotion & paid for but allegedly independent reviews on most of the travel forums it's nearly impossible to work out just who's who in the zoo.  We've had more than our fair share of grief & nonsense with the Lying Planet & Trip Advisor mobs. Trip Ad are now going the sook about their recent fine of +500,000 Euros for the thousands of fake reviews (& that's just in Italy) & it's only the tip of the Camberg too.

Kwikchex & the Naked Hungry Traveller have been great in bringing the cash for clicks, Trip Advisor, LP & others to heel & it's way overdue too.  We've always urged caution about choosing what's right for you & these days it's no less difficult when the mobs who are supposed to help us are just in it for the cash for clicks It's time the shameless self promotion & paid for reviews on the various travel forums stopped.

Over the last 20 years, thousands have chosen us for their tours.  Our customers (& some for their 2nd & 3rd trips) chose us because they preferred to go with the tour operator & not just another ticket seller.

That's how we know - We're not like everybody else !

It makes all the difference in Price, Quality, Service & Safety !


Here's our Ha Long Bay & Cat Ba Island tour info.

Here's a short picture tour & without any photo shop tricks either. Prices are a bit further down the page.


Please Scroll down for a virtual, day by day tour, of both our 2 & 3 day packages.

We kick off our 2 & 3 day tours at the cafe & you can leave any extra luggage behind too if you wish. After boarding 1 of our very comfy, A/C buses, you're off for an approx 4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay.

At about half way to Ha Long, we have a short nature stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Workshop. It's not just the many clean toilets we appreciate but they help people suffering with Agent Orange disabilities too !!! 


After Hong Ngoc, next stop is the bay & our lovely boat !!!

You can see lots more about our tours on our recently updated Youtube Page

Double rooms, Twin Share & even a triple room too. Just great for families.




On both the 2 & 3 day tours, the next stop is swimming &/or Kayaking at Ti Top Island.


Then it's back to your boat to freshen up, enjoy the sunset over the bay & then dinner.


After dinner you can relax with a few drinks on board or even try catching squid.

(Sorry but we can't guarantee you'll get any !) 


Fishing for squid in Ha Long Bay is for fun & please don't take it too seriously.

Our guests often get some but if the moon's not out, the squid aren't either ???

On the morning of day 2, you'll visit Sung Sot (The Surprising/Amazing) Cave.


On our 2 day tour, you'll head back to Ha Long Town for lunch & then home to Ha Noi.

Our 3 Day tour keeps going on for even more fun.

At this point we change over to another boat that eventually takes us to Cat Ba.

Along the way it's lunch, you'll see the bay without the crowds.


After Lunch though, our next stop is the Viet Hai Village for some cycling.



From Viet Hai we'll take you to do some more Kayaking & Swimming. There's lots of stories about how secluded Bai Tu Long Bay is but, we can't seem to find any pics of any of this. To be honest though, with over 750 tour boats all heading to the one seculed bay, it's hard to imagine it being anything like secluded.

Check these next pics out & the reason there's almost no one else in our pics is that, to follow our route, it costs more, it's as simple as that. We're sure however, that you'll agree, it's well worth it.

This is where you'll pick up your Kayaks. No waiting in line here, that's for sure !!!


It's the same again with our swimming spot. We don't think they're be any waiting in line here either !!!


After swimming & kyaking it's off to your very nice hotel on Cat Ba Island.

This is the fancy hotel where you'll stay on Cat Ba Island


The hotel on Cat Ba Island really is lovely. It's modern, clean, Air Con & with all other mod cons too.

The balconies are great & offer spectacular views of the bay as well.

On Day 3, you'll have lunch at the A/con, BMC Restaurant before heading home.



On the way in, spare a thought for everyone else out front in the NO A/con, car park cafe.

A nasty way to finish your tour to Ha Long Bay we reckon.

These are just some other Ha Long Bay Tour Pics

From an Aussie travel doco Maxie did some years ago.


Other Ha Long Bay pics with some from many years ago.

Some of the people in these pics we've become friends with, fortunatley !










Some of our 2 Day Halong Bay tour details

(Please email us for a comprehensive 2 Day Halong Bay tour itinerary)


With the REAL Kangaroo Café, you'll get - transportation, all meals, COLD drinks at reasonable prices, air con room (with private en suite bathroom), entrance fees & an English speaking guide for ........

$119 USD P/person, twin share, full price !


Some of our 3 Day Halong Bay tour details

(Again, please email us for a comprehensive 3 Day Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island itinerary)


With the REAL Kangaroo Café, you'll get - transportation, COLD drinks (at reasonable prices), all meals (except dinner on day 2 on Cat Ba island), air con room (with private en suite bathroom) on the boat (& at the hotel on Cat Ba), entrance fees & an English speaking guide for ........

$169 USD P/person, twin share, full price !


BTW, where kids are concerned - With the Kangaroo Cafe

Kids under 5 (sharing a room with their parents) are FREE !!!

Kids under 10 (sharing a room with their parents) pay only 50% !!!

Kids under 10 (staying in their own room) pay only 75% !!!


Being the tour operator you won't have to pay for any agents, hotel staff, taxi drivers, internet booking mobs & who knows who else's fees or commissions.  Our prices are stated clearly on our itineraries as are all the other details like group size, what's included, what's not included, accomm details, drink prices etc.

It's pretty straight forward with us & any questions are easy to answer when you deal with the tour operator.


How to book a tour with us VS this silly, urgent, book now scam !


Booking your tour with us

No matter what you've read & we know it all sounds so very urgent BUT ...

It's unnecessary to book tours weeks or months ahead & especially ours !!!

It not just that there's no need to do it but there's no advantage either.

The only advantage is for the hundreds of mobs flogging the exact same tours !!!

The reasons for this alleged urgency are nearly always false & the best way is to just pop into the cafe a day or so (a few is better) before you'd like to go & that's it, you'll be just fine.  Take your time enjoying Ha Noi before heading off to Ha Long Bay or Sa Pa etc & use the cafe as a pitt stop in between your tours.

With free luggage storage, hot showers, clean towels, good food etc, it's convenient & makes sense too.

We know the internet's full of scare tactics about how you won't get a tour, Ha Long Bay's really busy at that time of year, only 2 spots left, the sky's falling etc & many people get spooked by the closing down rave & so to help with that our customers can make a tentative booking with us over the internet.

The biggest trouble with this booking everything months ahead is that it leaves no wiggle room for you to stay that extra day or two somewhere when you're having fun. Similarly, when an Airline cancels/postpones your flight without warning & when you get to the hotel late & your rooms gone, the next drama is about cancellation fees.

That's why we've always advised our guests to relax, take your time & don't get locked in months ahead because you've been pushed so hard by one of the many internet booking sites.

We try tp make it easier with just a few steps;

  • To book a tour with us please contact us by email.  

  • We require your arrival details & the hotel your staying in.

  • Approx what time you'll be able to come over & pay for your tour.

  • We'll hold your spots until an agreed to time & it's that simple !

Lastly, please be reasonable & keep us informed of your movements.

Turning up at 8.00 PM the night before is hardly fair on us or our other guests. If it's a late flight or you got lost on the way to town, we're only a phone call away & our numbers are listed below.


NOTE: If for any reason we're unable to get you away on the day of your choice we'll make arrangements for you to go with another reputable tour company & we'll try to make sure you pay only the price we quoted.

We think that's fair & the few times that this happened our customers have been very happy about it too.

Also: Don't send anyone in Viet Nam your Credit Card number & you really can't be too careful about that !!!

Viet Nam is awash with CC scams (just ask your bank) & as such, we only accept cash.

You can pay in USD or VND.

Click here to see a story about a gang in HCM City the Vietnamese Cops busted for credit card fraud recently.


Some more info about us.

The Kangaroo Café

When in Ha Noi don't forget to hop over to the REAL Kangaroo Café You'll find great Vietnamese, vegetarian & western food (at local prices), the coldest beer in Viet Nam as well as the latest information for travellers.  Find out what to buy, where to buy it & better still, what the fair price for it really is. 

Our Air Con Café is only at 18 Bao Khanh St & it's a great place to stop off & the KC staff are always keen to help with all your questions. While you're in the cafe you can pick up a Free local map & the ever important - Free Stubby Holder too !!!

Only at 18 Bao Khanh St Ha Noi

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Click on the thumbnails above to get a printable version of our Ha Noi (left) or HCM City (right) maps.


So ...what makes the Kangaroo Café Tours so popular ?

Griswald's & our Kangaroo Café have enjoyed lots of great reviews in various publications around the world.  In Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong etc & in publications like the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Times, the Boston Globe & with Singapore Airlines to name just a few.

* NEW * Just recently the very popular, BBC - Fast Track's team, popped in whilst in Ha Noi.  Rajan Datar, Mike London & the crew were so kind & we wish to thank them again, very much. They were doing a show on Viet Nam & it's really good, like so many BBC shows are. Fast Track (click) Viet Nam Direct & it's well worth a look.

Our REAL Kangaroo Café in Ha Noi made it into the International Cow 50 of the most amazing burger joints in the world list & our Ha Long Bay Tour has been featured in 2 travel shows as well.

In Nov 2008 we were featured in UK based, Rough Guide to Far Eastern Adventures which features the very likeable, funny & popular Toby Amies.  Toby & his crew were just great to work with.  They were honest, decent, funny, kind to us, our staff & treated everyone they met along the way with integrity.  We wish to thank them again most sincerely. 

Here's some REAL reviews that we were very pleased about !


From the 2008/9 Rough Guide, Sth East Asia book.


Griswald's & our REAL Kangaroo Café make the whole thing of booking your trip, getting there & back again easy, simple & enjoyable but these days, unfortunately, there's any number of mobs that try their hardest to convey this incredible sense of urgency in order to get your money over the net before you get to Viet Nam.  At the hotel there'll be someone trying to pressure you as well & in both cases it's because they know if you see what's really on offer else where you'd never take their way over priced tours. 


You've got to love the corny old lines like ....... it's all gotta go, Ha Long bay is closing down, selling out fast, this is a 1 time offer, this time of year it really busy, it's going to be hard to get a spot etc, bla, bla ......... These nuts are using some of the oldest & most stupid lines as if we haven't all heard any of them before. 


We have no idea who's doing the sales courses in Viet Nam but we think it could be that bloke with the crook teeth & spandex fetish from the late night tele at home in Oz. So, relax & take your time & it's no busier in Ha Long now than it's ever been & please check out any tour mob carefully before parting with your hard earned money. 

A bit more about our tour to Halong Bay

In the past, tourists had to go back to Ha Long town for the night and venture out again the next day because the boats weren't properly equipped to cater for overnight stays.  be careful however, going on one of the many boats between 35 - 100 other people.  Try to imagine getting some quiet time to yourselves or what meal times will be like ....  Over crowding on the boat has led to accidents & it's not fair to the environment, the customers or the Vietnamese who's country has been brutalised by foreign invaders more than any other country in the world.

In our lounge/recreation areas we have CD music & DVD systems, so feel free to bring along your favourite music &/or films.  There's always plenty of room to get away or, if you wish, to join in the fun with the other guests, it's up to you.  When we started our small group tours to Ha Long Bay we realised that the small group concept was very important not just to our guests, but to the integrity of Ha Long Bay itself.

Our private charter tours are available too so if you'd like a lovely Junk style boat for yourself, your family or a group of friends please let us know & we'll give you our very best price.

Our commitment to your safety as well as your fun is 100%.  Our boats are fitted with life jackets, maritime radios, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms & 1st aid kits toojust in case you need them.

After the success we've had with our Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island Tours we didn't just sit back and think how clever we were.  The tourism industry isn't like that & as one of the very few independent tour operators, we don't have the luxury of being part of one of the big state owned companies to take care of us.

We've got 2 boats leaving nearly every day & our guests couldn't be happier with them.  Our guides & crews are great & the food they cook on board is fan-tas-tic !  The prawns, squid and fresh fish are delicious but we even have vegetarian food too.

Our sleep on the boat tours are all about having fun & have been a big hit with our guests too.  Of course the real attraction is the bay itself and one of our nicest ever guests, Larry the lawyer, said this on returning:

"Nothing really could have prepared me for the magnificence of Ha Long" . Well put Larry !


Emailing us about your tour - This bit's important - Please read the following !!!


For a long time now, we haven't been able to reply or send email to Hotmail accounts, the emails just keep bouncing back to us.  We know that the Hotmail mob (as do all the others too) get millions of spam emails each day to the millions of free email accounts they have & so the filtering they use has to be very strong to try & protect them & their customers from spam, phishing, the many internet scams & even those crazy Nigerian love letters !!! 


It seems better with others like Gmail & Yahoo etc, but with most of the Free Accounts & because we send you copies of our itineraries as attachments, our emails can often end up in your spam folder.


Often attachments can be malware, a virus just a head ache so we understand the security aspect of this.

normal email software please check that your settings allow you to receive attachments so we can send you some comprehensive itineraries including all the relevant details of our tours including the price too, of course.


People emailing from where they work may want to check to see if they have permission to receive personal emails & attachments during work time so you might like to add your personal email address too.  The free accounts are OK but there's really nothing better than your own account & at about $2 a week, it's not such a bad idea. 


And lastly, we know it's old fashioned but the best form of communication is still the spoken word & it's really worth a try.  For just $1 or $2 call us here in VN (our Numbers are below) if there's anything you'd like to discuss.


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Contact Details

The best way to receive more information about us &/or our tours, is to E-mail us.

Our Email address is: kangaroo@kangaroocafe.com

(Please check your spam folder for our reply !!!)

Griswald's Vietnamese Vacations

P.O. Box 501, Leichhardt N.S.W. 2040 Australia

& our REAL Kangaroo Café

ONLY at .....18 Bao Khanh St, Ha Noi

To chat, person to person (it only costs a Dollar or $2) phone us direct.

Our Café/Office Number in Viet Nam - +844 382 899 31

Our Mobile Number in Viet Nam       - +84 913 506 223

Australian Company Registration Number: 107 709 384 

Aust Govt Travel Agents Licence Number (your international protection): 2TA5568

Doing business with companies over the internet still makes some people, understandably, nervous. Australian Travel Agents, like us, are licensed by the NSW Government Dept of Fair Trading & all our bona fides are available online through the Department.

Only REAL Travel Agents can offer you this security & protection. 

This page was last updated on  18/02/16

Griswald’s Vietnamese Vacations & our Kangaroo Café in Hanoi have been operating good quality, reasonably priced tours to Vietnam for over 20 years.

Griswald's specialise in tailor made tours to Vietnam, travel in Vietnam, holidays in Vietnam and private tours to Vietnam. 

For those travelling independently to Vietnam, from our Kangaroo Cafe in Ha Noi we can assist with Tours to Halong Bay and Tours to Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island as well. 

We're well known for our signature Halong Bay Tours & our tours to Sapa & our focus is on genuine, small group travel in Vietnam.

  Sapa Tours start with our 2 nights on the train & 1 Night hotel, Tour to Sapa. We also have Sapa Home stay tours & our mixed Sapa Hotel and Home stay tours too.

For more about our tailor made Vietnam Travel, Vietnam Tours, Customised Vietnam Tours and Vietnam Holiday packages, please email us.

Griswald’s Vietnamese Vacations & our Kangaroo Café in Hanoi have been operating good quality, reasonably priced tours to Vietnam for over 20 years.

Griswald's specialise in tailor made tours to Vietnam, travel in Vietnam, holidays in Vietnam and private tours to Vietnam. 

For those travelling independently to Vietnam, from our Kangaroo Cafe in Ha Noi we can assist with Tours to Halong Bay and Tours to Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island as well. 

We're well known for our signature Halong Bay Tours & our tours to Sapa & our focus is on genuine, small group travel in Vietnam.

  Sapa Tours start with our 2 nights on the train & 1 Night hotel, Tour to Sapa. We also have Sapa Home stay tours & our mixed Sapa Hotel and Home stay tours too.

For more about our Tailor Made Tours to Vietnam, Vietnam Travel, Vietnam Tours, Customised Vietnam Tours and Vietnam Holiday packages, please email us.

For all other information on Vietnam like tours to Ba Be Lakes, Hoa Lu & Tam Coc, The Perfume Pagoda, Mai Chau & of course Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island & Sa Pa, The Kangaroo Cafe is great.