Useful tips for a 3-day-2-night trip in Cat Ba Island (part 1)

When you visit Cat Ba, you want to see it all. You might have got a long list of the best places to visit in Cat Ba, things to do in Cat Ba, activities to take part in, restaurants to have meals, and bars to drink at! But have you had your own ideas about how

If you are planning a trip to this famous island in Haiphong City on your North Vietnam group tours or just dreaming about it, we will show you what to know before you go!

Why is a 3-day-2-night trip in Cat Ba perfect?

A 3-day-2-night trip to Cat Ba gives you a little breathing room. With 3 days in this famed island for the touristic stuff and culture exploration, you can take a better insight into Cat Ba’s impressive landscapes and the local culture and lifestyle. Instead of a very busy 1-day schedule and you cannot see it all, why not start conversations with local people to enrich your travels more than sights do, have a lifelong local show you how to see the best sights of Cat Ba and what to do in Cat Ba as well as sample as many quintessential dishes as possible? So I would suggest giving yourself at least 3 days and 2 nights as a good starting point to tailor a sightseeing itinerary to your own interests to get a great taste of the city and cover a lot of ground.

How to save big on admission?

Cat Ba Island is reasonable in comparison with other Northern Vietnam destinations, so it is not really difficult to visit fairly cheaply if you know what to avoid overspending on.

Find a Place to Stay in Neighborhoods Outside of Tourist Zones


Hotel in the tourist zone

Hotels close to the top tourist attractions are, of course, much higher in price than in other neighborhoods. And since you will not be hanging out on Monkey Island and Cat Co Beach during your entire trip, so make it more of a priority to a number of backpacker hostels rather than these well-trodden hotels close to attractions. Instead of these hotels along the harbor road (1-4 Street) or the Nui Ngoc loop, try looking for accommodation at the two branches as Nui Ngoc (east) and Nui Ngoc (west). However, no matter which hotels you choose, you can rent a scooter basically anywhere on Cat Ba and will enjoy great service provided by your hosts and staffs, who often have great tips for the neighborhood.

Plan your trip in the off-season

If you plan your North Vietnam group tours on the weekends or on holiday seasons, expect to pay about double or even triple for everything from food to accommodation, attractions, and activities. Apart from the holidays, not many people want to visit in these winter months, so go in from November to March of the next year if you can. Go there at this time of year and you can even take advantage of many hotels’ bonus offers.

Don’t be scared of the local food


Popular seafood in Cat Ba

Think you already know what Cat Ba food tastes like? You might be wrong. Fresh seafood is everywhere on this island. Even if you do not know what it is, don’t be scared of the food. Just ask your local friends or your hotels’ staff for recommendations, point at what you want, and taste a bit of everything when you travel. Our recommended favorites are jellyfish mannequin, lobster, grilled geoduck, sea snake, horseshoe crab, garrupa, red snapper and cobia, cat Ba rice vermicelli with shrimp, etc.

Cat Ba Island is one of the most visited destinations in Northern Vietnam and for good reason. A 3-day-2-night sightseeing tour in Cat Ba Island is one of the best ways to start your North Vietnam group tours. On this short yet amazing trip, you will get a comprehensive overview of the island’s sweeping views, unique culture, and layout of all of the spectacular sites you want to go back to for a visit.