Cat Ba archipelago consists of 367 islands located south of Ha Long Bay. Which, Cat Ba Island is a tourist attraction. This place has the typical scenery of Ha Long Bay with limestone mountains and a calm blue sea.
What season is Cat Ba beautiful?
The most ideal summer to travel to Cat Ba. From April to October, the weather is cool, suitable for relaxation and swimming. The high season is from May to July.
If you plan to go to the island between July and August, you should pay attention to checking the weather forecast three to five days in advance to make sure there are no storms. From November to March, the island is quite deserted. But this time is ideal to explore nature and relax.
From Hanoi, visitors can take a private car to Hai Phong, and cross the Tan Vu sea bridge to Got Ferry. The ferry docks at Cai Vieng wharf in Cat Hai district, driving about 20 km more will arrive at the center of the island – Cat Ba town. Which, the cost applies to cars with less than 9 seats, including 210,000 VND for roads and bridges, and 190,000 VND for ferries. The ferry fee for motorbikes is 45,000 VND per vehicle.
If taking a bus , a ticket from Hanoi to Got Ferry is about 150,000 VND, then to the island by ferry for 12,000 VND per person. In addition, visitors can choose car companies to go directly to the center of the island, with the price of 250,000 VND per person.
Cat Hai – Phu Long cable car saves time to the island, only 10 minutes, instead of 20-30 minutes by ferry. Crossing Tan Vu Bridge towards Got Ferry, visitors enter Cat Hai cable car station according to roadside signs.
The round trip cable car ticket price is 200,000 VND per person, and the person with Hai Phong household registration is 150,000 VND. There is a car park at the station. The cable car operates from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, 9am to 5pm on weekends.
There is a motorbike rental service on the island, about 40,000 VND an hour and 200,000 VND a day. Taxis from Cat Ba center have a service running along the sightseeing route, costing 200,000 – 500,000 VND both going back and forth.
Where to play?
Lan Ha Bay
The bay, located to the east, is a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW). It has calm and blue waters.
At Cai Beo wharf, visitors buy scenic tickets for 30,000 VND per person, then take a boat or canoe to Lan Ha. Private boat rental price is 2.2 – 3.8 and 5.7 million VND for 2.5 – 4 and 6 hours, respectively, the boat can carry 25 people. Motorboats cost 500,000 – 1 million VND, corresponding to the type that can carry 5 – 10 people.
Visitors should buy a tour to save, about 200,000 – 350,000 VND per person with lunch. Popular schedules include visiting the bay and ancient fishing villages, bathing and snorkeling at some unspoiled beaches, and freestyle kayaking.
Cai Beo ancient fishing village
The village is also called Vung O, which is considered the oldest fishing village in Vietnam. Coming here, visitors can learn first-hand the activities of the people for thousands of years. Stepping on a raft house, rowing a boat between the floating rafts, and buying seafood… are experiences not to be missed.
This is the destination of a popular one-day discovery tour from Cat Ba Island.
Previously, it was also called Cat Dua because it grew many wild pineapple trees. There are more than 20 monkeys on the island. When tourists come a lot, they become bolder, go to the beach to play, and beg for food.
There are two arc-shaped beaches, Cat Dua 1 and Cat Dua 2, where visitors can avoid the crowded scene. The beaches have food service, resort bungalows, rental bathing suits, life jackets, kayaks.
Lan Ha Bay one day tour includes a visit here.
Cat Ba National Park
It is also a world biosphere reserve. Visitors can choose to climb the mountain for 4 – 8 hours, or the short route of more than 2 hours. Walking, bicycle, motorbike or car for 2-3 hours is also the choice of many people. Visitors can go through the green Kim Giao forest, go to the top of Ngu Lam to enjoy the panoramic view of the national park, see wild animals at night, and explore the caves…
The entrance ticket is 40,000 VND per adult, 20,000 VND for children.
This is a unique destination, about 8.5 km from the town center, on the way to the national park. The cave is a field hospital, built between 1963 and 1965.
Entering the cave, many visitors are surprised to see a system of 17 rooms located on three floors; there is a treatment room, a rehabilitation training area, and a movie theater…;. has a bomb-proof door design, born during the war.
Tickets to visit the cave are 80,000 VND per person.
Trung Trang Cave
Located in the same direction as Quan Y cave, visitors should visit the cave about 300 m long through the mountain bed, which can accommodate hundreds of people. The system of stalactites and stalagmites here is large, multi-shaped, sparkling, about 6 million years old, and still being formed by dripping water. It also contains archaeological remains of the ancient Vietnamese.
Entrance ticket is 80,000 VND per person.
To both visit and rest, visitors can go to the relics of Than Cong fortress, also known as Peak 177. Two large cannons and a system of trenches on the top of the mountain were built in the 1940s, still quite intact.
What attracts many visitors is the high position, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the bay. This place is suitable for watching the sunrise and sunset on the island.
Entrance ticket is 80,000 VND per person. Guests who need to ride an electric car must pay an additional 50,000 VND per person. In addition, the fee for sightseeing with binoculars is 5,000 VND.
Beautiful beaches on Cat Ba island
If you do not have time to explore the islands in the bay, go to the central beaches. In, the cluster of Cat Co and Tung Thu beaches are visited by many people. These beaches are spacious, quiet, blue water, and easy to navigate.
Photo: Scarlet Pearl Cruise
In Cat Ba, there are many hotels and motels from affordable to high-class for tourists to choose from. Hotels with sea view, located along 1/4 street, Tung Dinh street… the average price is from 500,000 VND to 1,000,000 VND per night.
Some resorts such as Flamingo Cat Ba Beach Resort, Nam Cat Island Resort CatbaBay, and Monkey Island Resort… average price from 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 VND per night.
With a more economical cost, visitors can refer to homestays such as Santorini Homestay, and Lepont Bungalow… priced at about 300,000 VND per night.
Overnight on a cruise in the middle of Lan Ha Bay is also a different option, with the price of about 3,000,000 to 6,000,000 VND per person per night.
Cuisine in the bay is mainly seafood. Tourists whisper to each other specialties such as sea sam, to come, grouper fish, lobster, surface, sea snake, all kinds of snails, shrimp vermicelli… In addition, seafood can be bought as a gift, at a low price. The reference price is about 500,000 – 700,000 VND for a pair of sam, 200,000 – 250,000 VND for a kilogram of comedians, lobster from 600,000 VND to 1.8 million VND per kg…
To enjoy the food, visitors can go to Cat Ba market, where there are many restaurants according to the set or buffet. In addition, Thuy Anh grilled hot pot restaurant, Cai Beo street is one of the restaurants chosen by many tourists. The average price is 200,000 VND per person.
Do not swim after 6pm because the tide is high.
It is recommended to travel by cable car on weekends because the Got ferry is often overloaded.
Tours to explore the bay may reduce a few points such as beaches and small islands due to rising water.
Before shopping and dining, visitors ask the price.
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