Top 5 the most attractive mountains in Vietnam

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Throughout the country from the North to the South, there are many spectacular hills and mountains. A lot of high mountains which have existed for a long period and witnessed many changes in history become the famous tourist attractions and landmarks. There are the top 5 of the most attractive high mountains that we would like to introduce you as Vietnam tourist attractions for your tours.

Fansipan mountain (Lao Cai)

Fansipan Mount (the Hoang Lien Son Range) – top Vietnam tourist attractions located in the province of Lao Cai with 3,143 meters high, is the highest peak in Indochina – “The roof of Indochina”. To conquer the peak of Fansipan, you can follow 3 roads past 3 different villages: Cat Cat village, Xin Chai village and O Qui Ho hill. However, climbers often choose to cross the Cat Cat with the journey of 4 days and 3 nights.

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On the way to Fansipan Mount

Climbing Fansipan Mountain is amazing. There are the native plants such as jackfruit, cardamom, rice … at the foot of the mountain and the primary forest with interlaced vines when going deeper. Over 2000 m high, you can enjoy white clouds even touch it. However, up to about 500m high, it has the clear sky and low temperature. At the high nearly 3,000 m, there is a landmark in 1905 whereas the French arrived here. The highest point of the mountain with a 70 cm high of stainless steel tip is a relic of the Russian and Germany athletes placed here in 1984 when they reached the roof of Indochina.

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At the peak of Fansipan Mount

Hong Linh mountain (Ha Tinh Province)

Traveling to Vietnam, you must come to this place once. Hong Linh Mountain has the range of 99 peeks in Ha Tinh province. Nowadays, Hong Linh Mount still stands there with wild, majestic nature and owns many relics and scenic spots.

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Hong Linh Mountain

On Hong Linh Mount, there are hundreds of temples and shrines. The famous and ancient ones are Huong Tich pagoda, Chan Tien pagoda, associated with legendary horse footprints on the rock (the first theory) and Thien Tuong Pagoda … Along with the Lam River, Hong Linh Mountain is considered as the representing symbol of Ha Tinh province.

Bach Ma (also known as White Hore) Mountain

Bach Ma Mountain with the height of 1.500m is located about 50km south of Hue City. In winter, the temperature does not fall below 4 degrees Celsius and in summer it is not higher than 26 degrees. On the top of the mountain, the nature is so beautiful all around the year with waterfalls, forest streams, rare animals, and plants, as well as temperate climates such as it, is Sa Pa, Tam Dao, Da Lat …

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Bach Ma mountain

Exploring Bach Ma Mountain, tourists go along the Tri Sao path leading you to Tri Sao waterfall with a lot of Tri Sao – a kind of birds living there. On the 2 sides of Do Quyen waterfall trail, there are thousands of azalea flowers blooming in March, April as two giant flower carpets. The trail to Ngu Ho waterfall, especially, the Hai Vong Dai Trail with the immense landscape of the mountains leading to the South China Sea is the remain of the grandiose monasteries of the previous period.

Langbian Mountain (Lam Dong Province)

LangBiang or Lam Vien Mountain which is dubbed as top mountain must-see in Vietnam is located 12 km far away from the north of Dalat. The peak is 2,163 m high, so this is suitable for climbing, hiking, parachuting or researching and learning about the habitat of birds, mammals, and herbs. Standing on the mountain, you can admire an enormous green of nature, clouds, and mountains blending together. From a distance, the image of Dankia stream with small flow winding the foot of the mountain where many houses undulate alternately between mountains and trees is beautiful as a painting.

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LangBiang Mountain

Chua Chan Mountain (Xuan Loc – Dong Nai)

Chua Chan Mountain is also known as Gia Ray Mountain in Xuan Loc District, Dong Nai Province. When having a look at this bowl-shaped mountain in the morning or in the evening, you can see clouds floating above it, so romantic. Chua Chan Mount is 837m high (the second highest in the South East, behind the Ba Den mountain – Tay Ninh). At the top of the mountain, there is Buu Quang pagoda which was founded in the early 20th century. The pagoda has a dome located in a stone cave that looks like a dragon with its whole complex architectural based on natural caves. Beyond Buu Quang pagoda, this place is also famous for its 50-meter high banyan tree, formed from 3 stalks with mysterious legends.

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Trekking Chua Chan Mountain

Coming here, you can relax with nature freely and feel the absolute peace air of the temple on the mountain. Of course, you also hunt clouds the early morning.

These mountains are Vietnam tourist attractions that you cannot miss, especially who are nature lovers and long to conquer the nature as well. These ones are extremely suitable for trekking tours in Vietnam.

Here is why you should stay at these three hotels when in Cát Bà

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I know many of my friends out there consider Halong Bay as just a Bay as it has been written in travel magazines for ages. They will definitely think of taking a bus from Hanoi straight to Quảng Ninh, a Northern province where Halong Bay sits, spend a night on a fancy cruise amid the giant limestone mountains and that is it! No, that is not how people always do, because that is not everything Halong Bay has got to offer! It is time to think out of the box, with Cát Bà Island, the largest island in the complex of Halong Bay, which belongs to the port city of Hải Phòng. In case a new idea just pops up in your head of signing up for a Cát Bà Island tour in the near future, here are the three finest selected accommodations you may consider.

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Cát Bà Island

The infinite green space at Flamingo Cát Bà Beach Resort

Well applied the innovation of green architecture in such an inspiring method alongside with holding a progressive technology idea, Flamingo Cát Bà Beach Resort can be seen as one of the greenish construction across the globe when serving the ability to deliver a massive image of a huge tropical garden.

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How is it like to stay here?

Flamingo is the very first 5-star resort ever built all over Cát Bà Island, which brings an upscale hospitality experience to your Cát Bà luxury tour. Flamingo Cát Bà Beach Resort is given an absolute greenish space featured three different buildings Forest On The Sea, Forest In The Sun and Forest On The Sand. An utmost focal point at the resort is a Worldwide scale supreme self-contained convenient service complex. All of the experiences were designed with a view to offering a high-end ambiance for Flamingo’s customers.

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The front face

Owning a real private space with Cát Bà Monkey Island Resort

Cát Bà Monkey Island Resort is perfectly situated on an absolutely private beach of Monkey Island in Lan Hạ Bay, which takes you roughly 2 miles from Cát Bà downtown and another 10 minutes by boat from Bến Bèo harbor.

Spending a night at Cat Ba Monkey Island Resort, you will have a fascinating moment staying in well-designed bungalows while getting enclosed by the fresh air coming from the vast ocean, relaxing at your private beach, kayaking, swimming, billiard and getting fit when picking your favorite sport onshore. Apart from these, you can choose to pick a hiking trip upon the peak of a mountain for the stunning view towards Lan Hạ Bay.

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Your private space

Cat Ba Monkey Island Resort is filled with totally 39 rooms and smartly equipped with high-quality beddings, air conditioners, and private bathroom along with the hot showers. Moreover, most of the rooms serve a spectacular view towards the landscapes of hundreds of natural islets. Not to mention, Monkey Island Resort Restaurant sits close by the seashore, right in front of a magnificent Eco Garden where you can possibly enjoy Vietnamese as well as Western cuisine.

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Serene atmosphere

Do not hesitate to go for Whisper Nature Bungalow during your Cát Bà tour for family

Whisper Nature Bungalow is spotted at Việt Hải Village, at the foot of Cat Ba’s National Park Reserve. This serene hideaway offers a 24-hour reception service in addition to a Vietnamese cuisine bistro. Inspired by the uniqueness of traditional village houses, Whisper Nature Bungalow rooms are sanitary and rustically furnished.

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A rustic ambiance

Tea and coffee making machines, as well as a hairdryer, are all prepared beforehand in each room. Trekking and hiking excursions to the mountainous caves and jungles can be your next favorite things at the island. Guest services at Bungalow Whisper Nature include bicycles for rent for a ride to Việt Hải Forest and Cat Ba National Forest. Last but not least, laundry services and transfers are ready to serve, meanwhile, the cozy bistro offers savory Vietnamese dishes with fresh ingredients are well grown at Whisper Nature Bungalow’s own garden.

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Hideaway

Cát Bà is such a coastal paradise that fell into oblivion and now surging as a new favorite destination apart from the main area of Halong Bay. Do not forget to ask its local Vietnam tour operators for a help in sorting things out.

Which Vietnam Beaches are the Most Children-Friendly?

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Besides a real melting-pot of cultures, the tempting natural wonders, historical buildings and landmarks, glorious temples and pagodas, peaceful countryside, notorious cuisine culture, and hospitable locals, Vietnam is also well known for its many fabulous sunny beaches, which is only one reason why our nation is such a favorite destination for a family tour.

When you just need a little downtime, taking your whole family to the beach to make all your beloved ones satisfied is not a bad idea. What is the best place to escape the smog and heat inside the large cities on a beach vacation in Vietnam? We have compiled a list of popular children-friendly beaches – incredible sights sprinkled across the country, in no particular order, and what we think makes them so special.

My Khe Beach – Da Nang

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My Khe Beach

A tropical, kid-friendly destination stretching from the north to the south of the 19-mile-long coastline of Da Nang City, My Khe Beach rates among the best kid-friendly beaches in Central Vietnam for families seeking non-stop fun in the sun. Once being a resort of American soldiers during the Vietnam War and now one of the six most attractive beaches on the planet voted by the Forbes, My Khe Beach is famous for a tranquil vibe of abandonment and one of the world’s spectacular gentle curvatures of sand.

The long and flat sand-bank, clean sand, warm blue water all year round, and sunlight paired with the gentle waves perfect for water activities make My Khe Beach a natural playground while luxury resorts and world-class villas offer great services and accommodations.

Lang Co Beach – Thua Thien Hue

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Lang Co Beach

Looking for a super laid-back Central Vietnam beach with the vast blue waters of the ocean, white-sugar sand stretches, and a tropical island vibe that is as kid-friendly as can be? Along with the National Highway 1A, on the foot of Hai Van Mountain, you will find down-to-earth Lang Co Beach which is part of the Gulf of Lang Co.

A perfect choice for those looking for quiet and solitude, Lang Co Beach is a kid-friendly destination for many good reasons: 4.9 – 34-feet-high powder soft, white sand banks that stay cool on your feet, the large mysterious Lap An Lake, sand dunes, and rainforests on the undulating mountains that create a tropical escape, the tropical monsoon climate with the average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and large waves suitable for outdoor activities including scuba diving, and especially nearby family attractions such as My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Bach Ma National Garden, the ancient citadel of Hue, Hoi An ancient town, Hai Van Pass, Elephant Springs, etc.

Ti Top Beach – Halong Bay

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Ti Top Beach Halong

When it comes to the top beaches for a Vietnam tour for family, trust the locals to direct you to this children-friendly destination popular for the harmony between the clouds and water, its shape of a crescent encompassing the island, fresh atmosphere, wide, sandy shores, a great relaxing ambiance, and diverse outdoor activities. Various lodging options ranging from hotels to high-end resorts, restaurants, beachside picnic areas, and playgrounds life-buoy renting, skydiving, or kayak facilities make this kid-friendly destination a good choice for a family vacation. Put the kid-friendly attraction on the top of your to-do list on your Vietnam tour for family!

Ninh Chu Beach – Ninh Thuan

Where to go in Vietnam for family? It should be Ninh Chu Beach – one of the almost mythic auras that attract millions of visitors annually. Just 3.1 miles east of Phan Rang – Thap Cham City, Ninh Chu Beach is where kids can enjoy a wealth of water-based activities like swimming, sailing, diving, fishing, visit the nearby Cham towers of Po Klong Garai, or simply lie down on the poplar leaf carpet, without umbrella or bench, to restfully admire the blue sky.

If you are planning a family tour in Vietnam, chances are you are going to hit one of the so many unique beaches. With 2026 miles of Vietnam’s coastline offering plenty of options, which are the best choices when traveling with the kids? Read on for our list of the best children-friendly beaches in Vietnam.

Vietnam off the beaten track tours in Cat Ba National Forest. Why not?

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Do you want to try new things, challenge yourself with a trip to the jungle? Then a Vietnam off the beaten track tour to Cat Ba National Forest will be the top in your list of destination.

Cat Ba National Park is in Hai Phong including 366 islands of Lan Ha Bay, adjacent to Ha Long Bay. With a total area of 15,200 ha, Cat Ba National Park possesses an ideal natural environment for the development of many kinds of plants and animals. The park has been recognized by UNESCO as the biosphere reserve of the world. Here you can see countless limestone karst, or caves, waterfalls, streams flowing in the rainy season to the sea. Moreover, you can visit many non-touristy destinations in Vietnam here. Cat Ba National Park also attracts tourists by the values of human history. The archaeological sites found here suggest that humans may have lived in this area between 6000 and 7000 years ago.

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Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park covers an area of 26,240 ha, including 17,040 ha of land and 9,200 ha of the sea surface. This is where the convergence of different ecosystems (HST): mangrove ecosystems, forest ecosystems on limestone mountains, marine ecosystems with coral reefs. There are a wide variety of flora and fauna, including 2,320 species of flora and fauna, of which 282 species live in the forest, 538 species of marine life, 196 species of marine fish, 771 species of terrestrial plants, 23 species Mangrove species, 75 species of seaweed, 177 species of coral, etc. Particularly, the Cat Ba archipelago contains up to 60 rare endemic species which are included in the Red Book of Vietnam such as White-headed langur, white-legged langur, black crown, black squirrel; plants have a priest, flowers, needles, honey. Especially, in the Trung Trang area, there is a forest, a kind of endemic species that grows into a group of tens of hectares in the middle of the garden. According to the recent survey, there are only 60 white-headed monkeys in Cat Ba – the only endemic species in our country and in the world. This place is a must go destination for your travel to Vietnam, right?

The first trekking route is about 100m long and the road is the most difficult with the stone steps. It’s usually good to be active in this activity. The sides of the mountain are dense woody forest, under the heel of the shoe is wet leaf cover.

After a long climbing over the slope, you can see in front you a vast water area, so call Frog pool. You can relax and enjoy the foggy sound at this place. Remember to bring food and drink lightweight convenient for travel. Hai Phong specialties can be a hint of a great lunch.

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Frog Pond

After taking a moment to rest, you should take sometimes to explore Frog pool – a unique mountainous wetland in the North, a famous landscape of Cat Ba National Park. Frog Pond is about 4km from the forest gate and about 4km from Viet Hai fishing village. This pond is an area of 3.2 hectares, located halfway up the mountain at an altitude of 80 meters above sea level, the pond is rarely dry. From the bottom of the pond, reaching up to thousands of trees that cannot be found anywhere else. The tree is about 5 to 10 meters tall and grows on the water to a very beautiful and mysterious.

In the next trail to Viet Hai village, you will have to get over the limestone cliffs hidden under the thick forest canopy, the crooked crosses on the ground, the steep cliffs with narrow sloping slopes. This journey will challenge your health and toughness.

Over 8km through Cat Ba National Park, in front of you will be a small fishing village in Viet Hai. This land is a pan inside the surrounding mountains, to be here only or through the sea, landing Viet Hai port or climbing over the national forest as the last destination in your journey.

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Cat Ba Beach

At the end of the journey, you can enjoy the special dishes such as fish salad waterfall, sour pink snapper, especially the comedy cooking on the charcoal stove smells scented. The attraction of Cat Ba is the sea. After a day of climbing or exploring caves, you are immensely immersed in the blue water, lying on the smooth white sand. This journey will be the most memorable Vietnam tracking tour for you.

Conquer Chàm Islet as a native Vietnamese | Here is how

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As you may beware, Danang does not take too much time to prove you how stunning and worthwhile it is to cost you a couple of days for a relaxation here. This Central metropolitan city gets to ever stay high in the list of best tours in Vietnam. Hence, it is simply so easy to find out what to do in Danang from both local and former outlander visitors who paid a visit to this domain before that is spread widely on the Internet. Today’s picked talk is about what you should do to be a truly smart local in a highly-visited area such as Danang, and the answer is Chàm Islet.

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Chàm Islet

Lied roughly 15 kilometers away from Hoian Old Quarter by sea, Chàm Islet or Cù Lao Chàm in local given name contains 7 natural small islands known as Lao Islet, Dài Islet, Lá Islet, Khô Islet, Tai Islet, Mồ Islet and Nồm Islet. Over here, besides immersing yourself in the primitive beaches formed by the vast white sand, deep blue sea under a high clear sky or enjoying a fully satisfying seafood treat, our local advice below is other hidden highlights you can get to be offered when taking a South Vietnam group tour to Chàm Islet.

Chàm Islet is covered with layers of the ecosystem and enclosed with ancient civilization background. This is the second sea preservation of the country following the initial one located in Môn Islet, Khánh Hoà Province. Chàm Islet is known to own a suitable climate standard for the system of flora and fauna such as birds, porcupines, pythons, monkeys, snakes, swallows and stone crabs.

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If you are a sea lover or even a scuba diving fan, you can choose to pitch a tent on the seashore and feel the fresh air of Chồng Islet, one of the most pristine spots at this site. Paying a visit here, sailing on a glass-bottom boat, partaking in a scuba diving tour to observe the tropical colorful coral reefs, witnessing the natural habitats of swallows, conquering the giant sand dunes and joining sporty activeness such as jet skiing, paragliding, surfing, kayaking and a lot more will be expected to be impeccable activities during your trip to Chàm Islet. Are you down for a day like this? Contact a Vietnam local tour operator right away!

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Diversified activities

In addition, most locals visiting Chàm Islet will visit Hải Tạng Pagoda at least once in a lifetime. Most of the constructions here were fortunately remained untouched, which gives out a fact that religious life is seen as an essential part of the islet dwellers.

Notably, when picking Chàm Islet as your next destination in your Central Vietnam excursion, you may somehow live in a warm welcome of these native fishermen and sailormen and get to smell an utmost authenticity like the way it is. An opportunity to taste Chàm exotic seafood such as squid, shrimp, fish, abalone, Cellana, stone crab and wild veggies will fulfill your empty stomach. Or else, you can choose to live like a real local with a night trip catching squid in the middle of the ocean and up all night chit-chat around a night campfire. Find the finest customized South Vietnam tour like this and travel when no one else knows!

A few words above do not seem to wholly illustrate how admirable Chàm Islet can be. The best thing to know why Vietnam is such a country that you cannot skip when visiting Southeast Asia is to reach there on your own. If you are a fan of the high blue sky or a wild wind chaser, do not forget to stop over Chàm Islet for a couple of days. They say visiting Danang without a short stop-over to Chàm Islet is such a big mistake. Internationally recognized beaches such as Mỹ Khê will somehow make you forget lesser-known primitive spots, and that is the reason why the presence of a Vietnamese local or at least an attendance in the best South Vietnam group tour will give you a chance to travel in a way that only the Viet locals know how to.

5 ideal routes for Vietnam trekking tours

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After trekking through the terrain with many things on your back, you will have a chance to enjoy the endless beauty of the majestic nature. Vietnam trekking tours today will introduce you 5 recently routes that are extremely attractive to domestic and foreign travelers.

Ta Nang – Phan Dung

The trekking route through the three provinces of Lam Dong – Ninh Thuan – Binh Thuan is attracting people who are interested in exploring in the south. Starting from Ta Nang Commune or Da Quyn Commune, Duc Trong District (Lam Dong Province), it takes about 3 days and 2 nights to experience nearly 60 km of passing forests, climbing hills and wading streams. Visitors will move from a height of 1,100 m to 500m above sea level.

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Green grass hills in Ta Nang – Phan Dung

The most impressive sight is the vast grass hills, the sparse rows of pine trees, the floating clouds far away, a beautiful scenery like peaceful pictures. It is worth to be in top places when trekking Vietnam.

Ta Lien Mountain

Ta Lien Mountain (also known as Co Trau Mountain) belongs to Ta Leng Commune, Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province. It has the altitude of 2,993m above sea level and a spectacular mountain landscape along with a primitive forest. Obviously, you cannot miss trekking this mountain in the list top things to do in Vietnam.

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Pristine forest on the way to Ta Lien Mountain

You need 3 days 2 nights to climb to the top of Ta Lien. At mid-day of the 1st day, you will start your trip with the road which is a complete path of the villagers. You can have the night at a rock cave that people go or climb to jungle since there is almost no camp on the road. You need to find a flat place near water source before dark. On the first day, it takes 3-4 hours to climb up to 1,900 m. On the next day, climbing to the peak of 2.993 m before 14h to be able to return to the resting place before dark. On the third day, going down the mountain until at noon, you will arrive the edge of the forest and then transfer to Sa Pa before sunset.

Lao Than Mountain

Lao Than Mountain, known as Y Ty roof, is located in Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province. It is the ideal place to combine trekking and “hunting” clouds for 2 days and 1 night.  For those who are nature lovers, this mountain is suitable for your Vietnam tours.

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The breath-taking view of Lao Than Mountain

Moving to Y Ty, you can park your motorbike in a large vegetable farm at the entrance of Phin Ho village (the military airport of the France colonial Period) and begin the journey to reach to the 2800m of Lao Than. Be careful to ask the villagers for guidance as well as bring enough dry food for the journey.

Lung Cung Mountain

Lung Cung Mount is named after a village located in the harshest mountain in Nam Co commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai. To explore Lung Cung, you take approximately 2 days and a night in the forest to reach the top and go down the mountain. You can climb from 3 different directions are Chao Chua Chai, Lung Cung or Tu San. The journey will go through a primary forest with beautiful scenery, so you can encounter the unique flora or the branches of maple leaves.

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At the peak of Lung Cung Mountain

Swallow Cave (Hang En)

In the previous year, Son Doong area, Tu Lan or Hang En were very popular spots. Hang En is the third largest cave in the world with its flourishing and unique ecosystem. Many adventurous people who have not registered to Son Doong tour can choose this place to conquer.

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The entrance of Hang En – the third largest cave in the world

From Dong Hoi city, you go along Ho Chi Minh highway in the west about 35km and keep move more than 8km to Hang En cave. The road has many sloping segments through Rao Thuong Stream, Doong Village, and a small village of Van Kieu people located in the core area of ​​Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Going deep into the cave, you will admire the Rao Thuong stream flowing S-shaped again. When you go deeper inside, you will observe the stalactites of various shapes or nests.

Top must-see attractions on Cat Ba Island

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Lying South of Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is home to a cluster of about 367 islets of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to its karst topography, Cat Ba is a promise of astounding cave experiences and amazingly untapped landscapes. Wondering how to touch the sights and soul of Cat Ba? If you are in the middle of nowhere, take notice of my following top must-see spots on Cat Ba Island.

Beholding the world of Thien Long Cave

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Cat Ba is known as a vantage point place appealing to those who love minutes of cave exploration. That’s why caves are part of Cat Ba’s soul and what could make a trip to Cat Ba complete without having you feel the marvel of stalactites. There is an array of grottoes for cave lovers but Thien Long Cave might be the number one, winning hearts of quite a few visitors.

Taking a 2-hour boat ride from Phu Long Wharf, you are welcomed by the ecstasy of a karst-clad world. Being discovered in 1997, Thien Long mostly keeps its original beauty, with countless nature-tailored stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll be blessed to come across tree roots rushing themselves down from the above, help to adorn the cave to become a masterpiece of the Nature Mother. You’ll be jaw-dropped when passing through the space full of magnificent kart shapes which are picture-perfect. What else could hide behind those artworks? Well, visitors will leave with real-life experiences of the karst landscape revolution. Your traveling sense is rousing, isn’t it?

Aha moment on Monkey Island

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As in its name, your mind will be full of monkey images when thinking of Monkey Island. Is it all about monkeys? In recent years, the island has seen hordes of curious visitors flocking there to enjoy relaxing moments with the wildlife. Tourists will be stunned to encounter mischievous monkeys playing with each other or hanging themselves lovely around tree branches.

 At first, you might be stepping back at the idea of getting close to these cute hosts but you’ll then take advantage of every single chance such as feeding or taking photos with them. Feel at ease to relax with care-free langurs, your trip is much more awe-inspiring. If you are going to have a trip with your kids, Monkey Island is a sure hit to entertain them. It is just like taking the children to a theme park amid the green and fresh space of forest-dense outcrops.

Stepping out of the comfort zone with rock climbing

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Endowed with the unspoiled limestone landscape, Cat Ba opens to the world of thrillings that are perfect for adventure tourism lovers. If immersing yourself in nature, exploring marvelous grottoes, or taking a boat ride along the serene water is inspiring enough to end your tour in Cat Ba Island, then rock climbing will satisfy your inner adrenaline rush. Rocky and rugged karst mountains overhang the sea and the land will bring about off-record experiences for cliff climbing maniacs. If rock climbing is rousing your head, don’t forget to make your way to the butterfly valley where you are able to conquer the Hive. At the end of the day, it is too unwilling to leave say goodbye to Cat Ba Island.

A trip to Cat Ba Island will be never boring given a long list of things to do and places to visit. Versatile as it is, Cat Ba is a much-loved tick for those who are seeking for a place to kick back and to recharge their low batteries before getting back busy working days. Wondering how to enjoy a trouble-free trip to Cat Ba? Let catbaisland take the hassle and you take the comfort. Organized tours in Vietnam or Vietnam local tour package give you a variety of choices to get the best out of your trip.

Five best ways to spend your Cat Ba island tour

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Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Halong Bay with a total surface area of 285 km2. Cat Ba also features magnificent karst landscape and emerald water. Half of the island is covered with tropical forest which belongs to Cat Ba National Park with a wide range Cat Ba Archipelago in which Cat Ba Island is a part, was declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area in 2012.

Cat Ba Island administratively belongs to Cat Hai district, Hai Phong province. This is the only island among 2000 islands and islets in Halong Bay that human inhabit. The major of the population live in Cat Ba town where tourism has been well developed.

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Cat Ba is one of the top islands in Vietnam which draw thousands of tourist every year.  If you are planning a visit to this island paradise of Cat Ba, consider the following suggested ways of travel to have the best tour in Vietnam.

Head east for a beach resort in Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is in the south and east of Cat Ba Island with stunning karst towers and numerous white sandy beaches. The arc-shaped bay comprises more than 400 islands and islets at a various size which are all covered with green vegetation.

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Lan Ha Bay is off the coast, far away from Halong city. Due to its isolated location, not many boats venture here creating the bay pristine and less crowded areas than those in nearby Halong.

On the islands of Lan Ha, eco resorts are emerging from budget to mid-range price. There is no high-end resort with 5-star service, but you will not need one to have an excellent holiday here. Most of the resort here is bungalow resort. The bamboo houses or even house on stilt with all amenities, sea view and a private beach. What’s else do you need!

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Resort in Lan Ha Bay (Source: Internet)

Limestone outcrops divide the water surface into multiple smaller area with calm waves while in return water erodes the limestone towers to create caves. From the resort’s beach, you can kayak or use a bamboo boat to go around the bay or just hide under a sun umbrella and enjoy the peacefulness. 

Recommended resort: Monkey Island Resort, Le Pont Bungalow, Catba Island Resort & Spa, Nam Cat Resort.

Recommended length of stay: 2 days 1 night.

Reserve at least 1 day 1 night on an overnight cruise

Cat Ba Island show ups in a very different charm at night. Let's imagine spending a night in the middle of the sea. Is that sound interesting to you?

The only way to experience this is to take an overnight cruise. Halong Bay cruise is among the best in Vietnam cruise experience but Cat Ba overnight cruise which is less known, will not disappoint you.

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Things to do on an overnight cruise:

  • Watching the breathtaking sunset and sunrise
  • Try squid fishing. Yes, squid not fish.
  • Chilling on the sundeck and admire the starry night over Cat Ba island

Recommended cruise operator: Indochina junk, orchid cruise

Recommended length of stay: 2 days 1 night.

Why not visit the famous neighbor – Halong Bay

Halong Bay is World Heritage Site, voted as one the best scenery on earth many times. There is no need to prove how stunning this bay is.

Once you go on Cat Ba Island tour, you are just a few hours away from Halong. So make an extension to your trip. This is also a favorable itinerary for many tourists.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay (Source: Internet)

How to get to Halong bay from Cat Ba island

Waterway: there is a ferry transferring guests and vehicles between Cat Ba and Tuan Chau (harbor in Halong Bay). The ticket price is 70,000VND (~ USD3)/person.

Recommended length of stay: 3 days 2 night (one day in Halong Bay)

A homestay on traditional village on Cat Ba

Viet Hai is a small village on Cat Ba Island. Due to its location, Viet Hai is separated from the world outside. Surrounded by limestone mountain ranges and green forest which is home to many endemic animals (Cat Ba Langur is one the most famous one with only 60 individuals left on this planet), Viet Hai offers an otherworldly landscape. That is where the nickname “the isolated paradise” comes from.

Viet Hai Village

Viet Hai village (Source: Internet)

Recent years, tourists especially foreign tourists have visited the village as an itinerary highlight for their Cat Ba Island Tour.

Villagers are farmers who still live their primitive way of life. However, when tourists keep coming, they become the friendly host of lovely homestay.

What’s better than spending several days relax and enjoying yourself in wooden houses in the middle of the jungle with all modern amenities.

Things to do

  • Cycle around the village
  • Take a short trekking into the jungle
  • Wildlife watching

Recommended length of stay: 2 to 3 days.

Stay in Cat Ba town and take a day cruise out to the bay

Tourism has been growing in Cat Ba Town for years. You will never get bored staying in this town. Nightlife here adds endless fun to your vacation. Go to any bars or nightclub; you probably find some fellow travelers. Making new friends is a significant part of traveling.

Cat Ba Town

Cat Ba Town (Source: Internet)

Even though you stay at the town, you must not miss the bay. Taking a day cruise is a perfect idea. They are affordable and easy to arrange.

Usually, the boat picks you up at the harbour at 8 am and take you back to the mainland around 4 pm to 5 pm. You will have a day to swim, kayak, have lunch on the sea.

Recommended length of stay: 2 days 1 night.

 

 

 

 

 

Things to notice when having a Cat Ba Island Tour

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All you need to know when paying a visit to Cat Ba Island, an irresistibly charming destination in one the New Seven Wonders of the World – Halong Bay.

All you need to know when paying a visit to Cat Ba Island, an irresistibly charming destination in one the New Seven Wonders of the World – Halong Bay.

Nestled in Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage and a New Wonder of the World, Cat Ba Island holds a huge appeal for tourists. Cat Ba Island is the convergence of wild forests and magnificent beaches, offering great experiences to travelers from all over the world. This island, hence, is considered one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam. Taking a Cat Ba Island Tour, travelers will have a chance to immerse themselves in the wilderness of nature.

Cat Ba Island by night

Cat Ba Island by night

There are many things to prepare prior to your trip; therefore, this article will list out some of the most important things to notice when you are planning your Cat Ba Trip.

1. When to visit?

Even though everyone says summer is the best time of the year to go to the beach, I’d say autumn, which is from September to November, is the most suitable time for a Cat Ba Island tour. The summer weather in tropical countries is extremely hot with a high percentage of humidity. Of course, it is great to go swimming but not so ideal for other activities. Also, a large number of visitors make their ways to the beaches in the summer so it would be a little bit unpleasant for those who want to enjoy a tranquil atmosphere. On the contrary, the weather from September to November is far more pleasant. Not too cold to swim, and not too hot to go to the jungle. And most importantly, you will not need to stand the crowd as local visitors do not often visit the island during that period.

The temperature drops sharply in the winter and it is very wet in spring, which might not be ideal for some travelers.

2. How to travel?

The most common and convenient route to Cat Ba Island is from Hai Phong City. There are several kinds of boats available to choose from and high-speed boats are the most recommended. Speedboats from Binh Port in Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island cost about VND 250,000 ($12) per person. It takes only 45 minutes to reach the island, but the price is quite high.

Boat to Cat Ba

Boat to Cat Ba

Regarding traveling to Cat Ba from Halong Bay, I think it does not make a lot of sense. Normally, tourists tend to visit Cat Ba first and travel to Halong Bay afterwards. If you do need to reach Cat Ba from Halong Bay (BaiChay Wharf), there are ferries and hydrofoils available. However, there are only a few boats per day so remember to check the times carefully in advance. It also takes about $10-$15 for a Cat Ba ticket.

3. What to do in Cat Ba?

As one of the best islands in Vietnam, Cat Ba has an exceptionally beautiful scenery of beaches and jungles. Some must-do activities when having a Cat Ba Island Tour are as follows:

– Discover the stunning beaches. Many beaches in Cat Ba are fascinating to visit such as Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, and Cat Co 3. Diving into the cool seawater and watching the colorful coral reefs are unforgettable experiences. Especially, it would be amazing for couples to walk hand-in-hand with each other by the white and soft seashore and watch the sunset together. Or you can choose to go aboard a cruise ship, spending your nights on the ocean to enjoy the fresh air and watch the sparkling night sky.

Aqua-green sea water of Cat Ba’s beaches

Aqua-green sea water of Cat Ba’s beaches

– Explore the rainforest.You will walk through a dense jungle, come across streams, and see the different types of flora and fauna of a typical tropical jungle. Climbing up the rocky mountain and visiting some marvelous limestone caves on the island are also interesting. Not only do the caves themselves look wonderful but the surroundings are also jaw-dropping.

– Go kayaking. Tourists may ride a kayak to visit local floating fish farms and secluded beaches in Lan Ha Bay. Also, you can pay a visit to some tunnel lagoons and discover the beauty of karst caves.

Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay

Kayaking on Lan Ha Bay

– Visit historical relics: Hospital Cave – a secret bomb-proof hospital built during the Vietnam War which was used as a safe house for Viet Cong leaders until 1975 and Cannon Fort – a look-out point since the French colonization. Apart from its historic value, Cannon Fort is also suitable for those who want to take a broad view of Lan Ha Bay, especially at dawn.

– Eat seafood. A beach trip cannot be complete without seafood. Seafood in Cat Ba is plentiful, and the price is also reasonable.

4. Where to stay?

There are lots of hotels and resorts at a wide range of price ($15 – $150/night) to choose from. You can easily book accommodation in advance via websites or travel agencies.

With its enchanting beauty, Cat Ba has become a haunted destination for holidays. The exquisite natural settings on the island will never disappoint you!

Top must-stop destinations in Halong Bay

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Naturally blessed with spectacular seascapes, Halong Bay is among the most haunted destinations in Asia. The whole area has been designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage thanks to its significant geological value and magnificent looks.

Also, Halong Bay is voted by the New7Wonders Foundation as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. So, where should we visit in such a marvelous place? The following at catbaisland are the most recommended tourist attractions in Halong Bay according to Tripadvisor.  

1. Sung Sot Cave

Nestled on Bo Hon Island in the center of the globally recognized natural heritage area, Sung Sot Grotto (Surprise Grotto) is among the wildest grottos in Halong Bay.

Sung sot cave

Sung Sot Cave (Source: Internet)

Most of the names of the tourist attractions in Halong Bay came from stories or anecdotes and Sung Sot Cave is not an exception. Sung Sot means “surprise”, which depicts the feelings of people who come here for the first time. The unbelievably majestic beauty of the cave leaves people in awe.

When first entering the cave, tourists might think it is just a narrow one, but after just a few more steps, the grotto appears larger and larger. The cave consists of 2 chambers: the square and smooth outer chamber with a more than 30-meter high ceiling and the inner chamber. The formations in the inner chamber look like animals in varying poses. With the support of the light which reflects from the water, the cave looks actually awe-inspiring.

Marvelous formations inside the cave

Marvelous formations inside the cave (Source: Internet)

Not only is the cave itself beautiful, but the path leading to the cave as well as the surroundings are also stunning. The path is lined with sandy trees while the surrounding area has a diverse ecosystem to explore.  

2. Bai Tu Long Bay

This is a small bay in the same area with Halong Bay and is considered even prettier than the main heritage site as it is less crowded with tourists. Even in December and January – the best time to travel Halong Bay Vietnam, the number of tourists in Bai Tu Long is much smaller than in Halong Bay; hence, it is definitely an ideal place to explore the pristine, natural beauty of Vietnam’s seascapes.  

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay (Source: Internet)

Different from the Halong Bay Cruise, which takes you to the most outstanding natural attractions in Halong, the cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay will let you explore the less-visited places such as Cong Do, Vong Vieng, Cong Dam floating villages, Thien Canh Son Cave, and some secluded beaches.  Additionally, the National Park of Bai Tu Long Bay is home to a variety of flora and fauna, which is a joy to discover.

Kayaking on Bai Tu Long Bay

Kayaking on Bai Tu Long Bay (Source: Internet)

With a wondrous scenery of beaches and limestone islands as well as tranquil atmosphere, Bai Tu Long Bay is definitely a great place for travelers to dispel the fatigue of the bustle and hustle of daily life. Bai Tu Long is an off the beaten track destination that promises to offer unique experiences.

3. Cat Ba Island

One of the top things to do in Halong Bay is to visit Cat Ba Island. The flawlessly beautiful beaches and diverse ecosystem on the island will undoubtedly surprise you.

Stunning beach on Cat Ba Island

Stunning beach on Cat Ba Island (Source: Internet)

The things that make Cat Ba one of the most famous tourist attractions in Halong Bay is its beaches with white softy sandbanks and aqua-green sea water, perfectly suitable for swimming and strolling. Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, and Cat Co 3 are the most recommended ones. There is a Cliffside path between Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 3 which is a joy to walk while Cat Co 2 offers lots of bungalows and chalets.

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park (Source: Internet)

The tropical forest in Cat Ba National Park is another fascinating destination to explore. The designated World Biosphere Reserve is home to many rare animals and plants. You can also hike up the trails towards the summit of the mountain to catch a panoramic view over the whole island.

Above all, Halong Bay is definitely a worth-visiting destination that travelers should not miss. Wandering on the sandy seashores, diving into the turquoise sea water, breathing the fresh air, and enjoying the tropical sunlight will make your Halong Bay Trip an undoubtedly unforgettable memory of your life.