A guide to Cat Ba travel

Only 150km away from Hanoi comes the loveable Cat Ba island, a magnetic tourist destination for inbound visitors and travelers from all world’s corners alike. Cat Ba islands is a rich natural ecosystem which includes terrestrial and marine, boasting up to incredibly 350 limestone outcrops.

Since 1998, Cat Ba island has grown rapidly and become a familiar pick for travel enthusiasts. Follow the insights given below for more details into Cat Ba travel guides.

When to go?

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba island

Summer and winter are considered the two peak seasons when this lovely island welcomes huge numbers of visitors. Hot summery days is the time when Cat Ba island welcomes a lot of Vietnamese families who enjoy their summer vacation here as a rewarding gift, especially for themselves after months of industrious work. In winter; however, there are more international tourists than the locals. Tourists from all over the world come for a 2-day-1-night trip or stay for more than 3 nights on the islands to discover such places of interest as Cat Ba national park or visit, learn and live one day as the locals at villages in Viet Hai district.

How to get there?

Transportation from and to Cat Ba island is flexible, from public tourist boat, speed boat, cab, to plane. You can also reach the island by bus. All those transportation are available and depends only on your depart location.

Where to stay?

For those travelers seeking for relaxation and comfort, there offers several 3 and 4-star resorts with well-appointed amenities and excellent services. Those accommodations are ideal places to get chilled, refresh and recharge yourself, get ready to go discover the sheer beauty of the island.

What to do?

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park

National Park is the first stop you should consider visiting. Here, you will have a chance to discover the richness of local fauna and flora inclusive of roughly 100 endangered ones. In addition, interesting out-door activities like hiking, trekking to the breath-taking peak viewing tower, as well as walking near the frog lake will really make your day!

Caves and beaches: for adventure-seeking travelers, what could be better than embarking on a 2 days/1 night cruise to explore small hidden beaches among stunning limestone cliffs and surrounding natural caves? A short visit to Monkey Island is also highly recommended.

Staying at local houses and living like the locals for 1 or 2 days will definitely a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience in which you can indulge yourself into local culture, try their food, learn about their daily life and activities. Amazing!

Where to shop?

If you ask me is there anywhere in Cat Ba island to go for a shopping, my answer is no. Yes, there isn’t any certain mart or supermarket or shopping mall here, but instead, there are active outdoor local markets where inhabitants run their daily errands. Trust me, it will be a new and fantastic experience to see alive seafood, meat, fresh vegetables, fruits, as well as items such as clothes, household gadgets, etc.

Where to dine?

Food in Cat Ba

In waterfront of Cat Ba harbor, there are plenty of affordable yet delicious restaurants. Some of the best-reviewed ones are Green Mango (near the eastern edge of town, serves Indian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes), Mr. Zoom hotel and restaurant (at 25 1/4  Nui Ngoc street) Phuong Phuong restaurant (at 232, 1/4 street).

Hopefully, these above-mentioned information has given you a closer look at Cat Ba island travel guides. Your time spent in Cat Ba island is bound to be among the most valuable and unforgettable ones in your lifetime.