Cat Ba Island located near Ha Long Bay in north part of Vietnam. It’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful places of Vietnam. If you have a chance we totally recommend you to spend at least few days in Cat Ba Island.
How to get Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Isand you can get by ferry from Halong Bay or from Hai Phong. Port in Halong Bay located in Tuan Chau Island that connected with mainland with bridge. Ferry station located right side at the port (if you look front of it). In small shop there you can buy tickets. Schedule and prices are fixed. Freyy ticket to Cat Ba cost 50.000 per person or 60.000 with motorbike. Ferry schedule: Cat Ba-Tuan Chau 7:30, 9:00, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, Thuan Chau - Cat Ba 9:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00. Ferry sails about one hour. During this trip you can totally enjoy beautiful views of Ha Long Bay: green rocks jutting out of the water, emerald green waters and the fresh sea breeze. This trip will replace you any excursion. You will maneuver between rocks, meet other ferries, passing fishing villages on the water.
There are taxi drivers on the island port that always meet passengers and offer their service. Most part of island is the National Park that protected by UNESCO. So all hotels located in one village that is about 20 km far from the port. If you’ll have motorbike you can drive one of the most beautiful ways: mountains full of green around, butterflies everywhere, wild goats and birds singing accompany all the way to the village. Island is very clean and air is full of oxygen.
Hotels in Cat Ba
Almost all hotels located on the first line from the sea. There is big variety of cheap and cozy hotels. You can find good room for 10$ per night. Streets full of cafes and shops. Center located near half round sign of the city near waterfront. In evening you can spend time in traditional Vietnamese café near waterfront. There you can try fresh bamboo juice or fruit shake, also you can drink a beer with dry fish or nuts. There are few fish restaurants directly in the sea. As they located on the water you can get there by boat.
Cat Ba beaches
There are only three beaches in Cat Ba Island. Near first beach there is paid parking. Beaches 2 and 3 are connected and organized with cafe. In evening there is nice lighting there. It's one of most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Soft sandy beach with emerald waters and you don’t want to leave this green paradise. There are bungalow on the third beach, price for night is about 100$.
What to do in Cat Ba Island
One day you can visit National Park of Cat Ba. But wear comfortable shoes, because paths are quite difficult and can be slickly. Entrance cost 15.000 dong. All park territory is jungles and forest, only there is some organized paths there and one café at the beginning. You’ll start walking from one road and after some time it is dividing on two: adventure and short track. You can go up one way and back with other. Short way is slowly going up all the time, but adventure mostly flat and only on the top starts real adventure. Both walking paths are organics and made from cement somewhere with stones which you need to climb. On the top of mountain there is metal watchtower. It’s quite old and dangerous but it gives you a lot of adrenaline and amazing view around the mountains. If you like walking, nature and adventures for sure you’ll like this way. Down the mountain there is nice café surrounded by different trees.
There is view point on the island - The cannon fort. During war it was military spot and cannon. Also there located small open air museum and café with amazing view on the sea. Entrance cost 50.000 per person and 10.000 for motorbike. You can get Cannon fort if to ride up from half round sign of the city on the waterfront and then follow sign.
Also there is cave on the island that during war was used like shelter. Opposite of cave there is café and owner will offer you an excursion. For now in cave left only concrete walls and you can see how it was divided by rooms.