Cat Ba Island Travel Guide & Things To Do

All Things Need to Know Before Travelling to Cat Ba Island

Travel Cat Ba Hai Phong is one of the top choices of travellers during the summer and holidays. Cat Ba travel experiences: places, eating, travelling… that Origin Travel has compiled below will help you prepare a good standard for the trip to this beautiful beach.

How Cat Ba Island is unique?

Cat Ba Island is an archipelago in Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city. Located offshore and about 30 km from Hai Phong city. To the north is Ha Long Bay, about 25 km from Ha Long city. Ha Long is recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage, and Cat Ba Island is recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve of the World. Many people also compare this island to be compared to the pearl island of the North (like the pearl island of Phu Quoc in the South).

Top things to do in Cat Ba Island

1. Lan Ha Bay

It is located close to Ha Long Bay, east of Cat Ba Island, with an arc shape with more than 400 large and small islands covered with green leaves. Not many people know, so Lan Ha Bay is quite quiet compared to many other famous tourist destinations.

2. Monkey Island

The reason that Monkey Island is so-called is that there are fun monkeys here and is extremely suitable for groups with children. In addition. If you are someone who likes to mingle with the sea, want to try seeing life under the sea. You can also join a diving tour at a centre-right on the island for about 1 million VND / 30 minutes by coach.

3. Cat Ba National Park

It is recognized as a world biosphere reserve with rich and pristine flora and fauna as a tourist attraction that cannot be missed when travelling to Cat Ba Island. With a price of about 15,000 VND / person. Visitors can choose from ecotourism routes, admire the botanical landscape inside the national forest or visit some famous caves such as Trung Trang cave, Doi cave, ….

4. Cat Co Beach

In Cat Ba, there are 3 beaches, Cat Co 1, 2 and 3, with clear water and located near the town centre. So these 3 beaches gather a lot of tourists. In particular, Cat Co 1 beach is larger, with three sides almost surrounded by rocky mountains. Cat Co 2 and 3 beaches are smaller but quite peaceful, suitable for those who want to find a place with fewer people and more pristine. The beaches are connected by a small road along the mountain.

5. Cannon fortress

It is located at an altitude of 177 meters. This is a historical relic built by the Vietnamese army in the 40s of the 20th century, and still holds two large cannons, each weighing up tens of tons. Besides visiting the fortress, visitors can also observe many familiar locations of Cat Ba island from above such as Lan Ha Bay, Guoc Island, …

6. Ben Beo Fishing Village

Not as exciting as a pier to Lan Ha Bay, but Ben Beo fishing village has a variety of ships. Boats ready to take guests to explore the serene beauty of the oldest fishing village in Vietnam.

When is the best time to visit Cat Ba Island?

Visitors can travel to Cat Ba any season, any time of the year because it has a cool and fresh climate all year round. However, summer is always a paradise season for Cat Ba because visitors can freely struggle in the freshwater and feel a cool green nature dispelling the heat.

A note for you is that if you come to Cat Ba in the summer, you should avoid the weekend. At this time, the number of people is not only crowded but the room rate is also very high.

How to get there?

From Hanoi: Take a bus from Gia Lam, Yen Nghia, Ha Dong bus station to the bus station of Hai Phong city (average price is about 100,000 VND / person). The second way is to depart from Hanoi in the direction of Ha Long to take Tuan Chau ferry (however it will take longer)

From here visitors have two options: hydrofoil straight to Cat Ba for 220,000 VND in 45 minutes, or by road through 2 ferry costs 11,000 VND and 6,000 VND per person respectively.

Motorbike ride from Hanoi to Hai Phong with a distance of 140km then continue to take two ferries as usual.

Recommended accommodation in Cat Ba Island

  • Cat Ba Sunrise Resort
  • Cat Ba Sand Beach Resort
  • Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel
  • Sealife Legend Cruises
  • Woodstock Beach Camp

What to eat?

Travelling to Cat Ba. Visitors not only can comfortably immerse themselves in the cool blue sea or explore the natural beauty of the islands here but also have the opportunity to enjoy special dishes: shrimp vermicelli, Crispy steamed crabs, 7 dishes, sea snakes … All are rich in the taste of Cat Ba sea and it is difficult to forget that characteristic flavour.

Cat Ba Island "Off the beaten track"

This 1 night tour in Cat Ba Island and National Park as well as Viet Hai village will be the great chance for you to discover this National Park and Island. Our trip will bring you to have the chance to reach must-see places in the island to explore its exotic natural beauties from mountain to the “Off the beaten track” sea bay.
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