In recent years, Cat Ba has become a tourist trend for young people. However, not everyone knows how to travel to Cat Ba and what tourist destinations should go in Cat Ba. Today, Origin Travel will introduce you to interesting tourist destinations in Cat Ba to answer the question “where should we do in Cat Ba?”
1. Trekking through jungle of Cat Ba National Park is our first choice for Top 10 Things to Do in Cat Ba Island
It is the most famous tourist destination on Cat Ba island to help you return to nature. This place is a world biosphere reserve. The average elevation in the national park is about 100 – 150m above sea level and the highest point 322m is Cao Vong, the lowest point is 9m in Trung Trang valley.
There are many types of flora and fauna, including 58 species listed in the Vietnam Red Book. When you reach the gate of the national park, you can see a lot of flowers in bloom. With the price of about 15,000 VND per person, you can choose the ecotourism routes or admire the botanical landscape or visit some famous caves such as Trung Trang cave, Doi cave,….
5. Viet Hai Fishing Village is
This is a little-known tourist destination on Cat Ba Island. Viet Hai village is a small village with only about 70 households living deep inside Cat Ba National Park, with a wild landscape.
To get to Viet Hai you have 2 ways: take a boat through Lan Ha Bay to Viet Hai wharf or you can cross the primaeval forest through Cat Ba National Park to enter the village. A special feature is that until now, Viet Hai village still retains the typical culture of the villages in the Northern Delta separated from the outside, surrounded by four surfaces of sea forests and rolling limestone mountains. That’s why it’s our second choice for Top 10 Things to Do in Cat Ba Island list.
3. Discover Hospital Cave to know more about war in Vietnam
Hang Quan Y is a tourist destination on Cat Ba island to help you understand more about the past during the war. This cave is nearly 2000 m2 wide with 3 separate floors and 17 rooms used as function rooms during the war. The first floor is the place where the patient beds, emergency rooms, and medicine warehouses are located. The second floor is the area for film capture and fitness.
This is a field hospital of important significance in the war against the US in the North. Currently, this cave has become one of the tourist attractions attracting tourists to Cat Ba Island.
4. The Cannon Fortress – the great point to see the view
Located at an altitude of 177 meters, the cannon fortress is a historical relic built by the army in the 40s. On the fortress there are two large cannons weighing tens of tons each, is a significant place historically helps you to understand more about the resistance war of the Vietnamese army.
From the cannon fortress, visitors can see the sights of many locations on the island, admire the majestic Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of limestone islands in the middle of the sea. This scenic spot is a famous Cat Ba island tourist destination that many tourists visit.
5. Relaxing at Cat Co Beach
There are 3 famous Cat Co beaches on Cat Ba Island that are Cat Co 1, 2, 3 Beach. All three beaches are only a few hundred meters from the town centre, which is a favourite place for any tourist. Any visitor to Cat Ba cannot be missed. From the centre of Cat Ba town, you can easily move to Cat Co 1, 2, 3 beaches by motorbike or tram.
The three beaches are not too big but discreet, the seawater is clear and warm. The beaches are connected by a small road that runs along the mountainside. Of all three beaches, Cat Co 1 beach is the largest and most beautiful, located around the mountain. Especially all year round with waves, clear blue water and fresh air. This is the place where many tourists choose to rest and swim. Cat Co 2 beach is more peaceful and has something of a mystery. And Cat Co 3 beach has modern colours, has many waves and is quite deep, suitable for good at swimming. By 18:30 every day, no one swims here anymore to ensure safety because the tide rises very quickly.
6. Monkey Island is the top idea for camping
Monkey Island is an island located in Cat Ba archipelago, not far from the main island and only takes about 10 minutes by boat. The island got its name because there is a group of monkeys that are raised and friendly to visitors. With an area of about 3km, Monkey Island has 2 main beaches, Cat Dua 1 and Cat Dua 2 with clear blue water.
On the island, there is only one resort with accommodation and dining with services for visitors such as bathing clothes, buoys, kayak … If you love climbing you can climb to the top the highest view to cover Lan Ha Bay.
7. Tung Thu Beach
This is a new beach that has been put into use recently and has been planned according to international standards. The beach is very clean and beautiful and has a full range of tourist services. This is also the place where there is an outdoor stage on the beach, designed with a unique concept.
The beach is only about 2km from the town surrounded by an arc-shaped rocky mountain and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Cat Ba island today.
8. Lan Ha Bay – Less travelled route if compare with Halong
Located in the south of Ha Long Bay. At first glance, it looks like Ha Long Bay. However, Lan Ha Bay has things that Ha Long doesn’t have. In the bay, you can see several small islands with sandy beaches at the foot of the rocky mountain. Here, you can visit a boat to roam on the sand or swim in these pristine sandy beaches. In Lan Ha Bay, there is Cai Beo floating village, where more than 2 hundred households live on houses designed on buoys. The village has been and is being studied by domestic and foreign archaeologists its history exists for several thousand years.
Tourists often rent a boat for 3-4 hours with a schedule of Beo wharf – Cai Beo bay – visit the fish raft (if you buy fish, you must ask carefully the price first) or visit Ba Trai Dao Island – swim, rest, relax thirst at Monkey Island then back to Beo Wharf. On the journey around the bay, the delegation will visit Monkey Island – here you also have the opportunity to meet monkeys herd of fun, very suitable for groups of guests with young children.
9. Cua Van fishing village
It is truly a unique masterpiece of fishermen. It belongs to one of the 16 most beautiful fishing villages in the world that still retains its wild and romantic features. In Cua Van floating fishing village, there are more than 200 households living. Especially households just build raft houses lying along the edge of the rocky islands to live.
Entering Cua Van Floating Cultural Center, you will be able to see and learn with your eyes hundreds of archaeological artefacts. Including fishing tools and means of the ancient Vietnamese, many pictures, private movies materials, publications on folklore, the life of fishermen living on Ha Long Bay old and present …
Visitors will easily be attracted by the beauty of boats, bamboo canals parked in front of the house, small rafts tied together to fight storms, honest but hospitable fishermen, a child with a sunburnt skin but a carefree smile …
Coming to Cua Van fishing village, visitors can not only see firsthand the natural scare of friendship. But also freely row around the village, explore the cultural life of the people here when night falls.
10. Green Valley
The type of camping tourism in Cat Ba is popular with many young people. And Green Valley Camp is the most attractive camping destination with reasonable prices. Space here is airy, cool, almost separate from the outside world, enough for you to comfortably wish to temporarily escape the noisy life out there. The whole campsite is like a Mongolian valley decorated with vintage style and fresh air. It surrounded by green trees, giving you the feeling of living a nomadic life in the middle of the grass raw green. Camping, fire, BBQ party at night with relatives and friends amid this poetic natural scenery will be interesting colours in your trip.
Cat Ba Island has many interesting things. It’s one of the famous tourist destinations you should visit this summer. Plan to explore the tourist destinations of Cat Ba Island in the nearest time!