Known as the pearl of the north bay of Vietnam, Cat Ba island owns pristine and majestic beauty making people to spellbind. Hundreds of foreign and domestic visitors travel to Cat Ba every year.
Cat Ba overview
The best time to come Cat Ba
With cool climate, you can go to Cat Ba every time in the year. Vietnamese visitors usually come here in summer, foreign ones like visiting the island in winter between November and March of next year. On weekend, a number of visitors increase fast, so you should plan to visit weekday as possible in order to get the best services.
Stay at Cat Ba island
Cat Ba offers a plenty of hotels and hostels from budget to luxury along Cat Ba town and beach. A number of rooms and services can meet needs of tens of thousands of tourists.
Attractions in Cat Ba island
Swimming on Cat Co beach
Cat Ba has 3 famous beaches with clear water including Cat Co 1, 2 and 3. In which, Cat Co 1 is largest and has three side covered by stone mountains. Cat Co 2 and 3 are smaller but more peace.
Cat Co beach
From town center, you can walk or take a motorbike or an electric car to go to beach. If you don’t have bikini or swimwear, you can rent them at shops on beach.
View from Cannon fort
For one of the best views in Vietnam – no, we’re not kidding – head to Cannon Fort where there are astounding panoramas of Cat Ba Island's jungle-clad hills rolling down to colorful tangles of fishing boats in the harbor and out to the karst-punctuated sea beyond.
The entrance gate is a steep 10-minute walk from Cat Ba Town and from the gate it's another stiff 20-minute walk to the fort, or take a motorbike from Cat Ba Town.
Lan Ha Bay
It take a boat day trip to explore authentic beauty of Lan Ha bay. Located in southern Halong bay, Lan Ha bay is also covered by limestone mountains and small islands similar as Halong bay. From on boats, tourists can see strange shaped islets such as Guoc islet, turtle islet….It is recommended to take kayaks around limestone mountains and water caves to enjoy the beauty of Lan Ha fully.
Lan Ha Bay
Monkey island (Cat Dua)
One of the ideal stoppers in Lan Ha bay is Monkey island where have happy monkeys. If you have children, a trip to this island should be in your itinerary when booking Halong bay tours
. Besides, you can relax or swim on Cat Dua beach, join snorkeling or diving to discover colorful undersea world.
Cai Beo fishing village
Cai Beo fishing village is the most famous destination in Cat Ba island. Not bustling as Lan Ha bay, Beo wharf has many types of travel boats, cruises taking visitors to the most peace fishing village of Vietnam- Cai Beo. This is a good chance to admire water-color painting of Cai Beo village, understand local life of fisherman and enjoy fresh seafoods.
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba national park overview
Established in March 31,1986, National Park is located on the way to Cat Ba center. Here, visitors can choose eco-tours to enjoy diversity of fauna and flauna or trips to explore famous caves including Trung Trang, Doi cave, etc..
Some notes when visiting Cat Ba
- You should bring jacket because of cold weather at night
- You must look for carefully all services before choosing
- Don’t go night squid fishing with unreliable people