You can visit the “Women’s Island” several times and still not see everything. There are plenty of things to do in Cat Ba – a dreamy island 70 meters above sea level. On your first trip to the largest island in Halong Bay, it is likely you might want to hit all of its major tourist sites, but if some do not interest you, don’t feel bad skipping them. Popular sites are a must, but ruling out other locations just because they are not on the tourist trail will be such a pity. Let’s see our recommendations on what to do in Cat Ba on your North Vietnam group tours!
Perhaps the town’s most iconic site, “Monkey Island” has welcomed the huddled masses in recent years. You can take the ferry from Beo wharf through Cai Beo fishing village and several small islands to the island about 0.6 miles far away from Cat Ba town. Home to 2 arc-shaped beaches, namely Cat Dua 1 Beach and Cat Dua 2 Beach, both providing excellent conditions for outdoor activities, Monkey Island is easily recognized as the crown of Cat Ba.
Get Off The Beaten Track on Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay
I know it is cliché, but why not attempt it? The central hub of Cat Ba Town is now framed by a chain of low-rise concrete hotels along its once-beautiful bay, but the rest of the island about 6.2 miles southeast of Halong Bay is largely untouched and still as wild as ever. Expect many unforgettable travel experiences to happen to you in these interesting and unusual areas that are not much influenced by a tourism surge like Lan Ha Bay. An afternoon kayaking around impressive limestone mountains, swimming in the cool waters, and climbing to Monkey Island Peak, a night spent on Lan Ha Bay’s cruise, and a long day full of excitement – Lan Ha Bay promises you a life-changing experience in such a peaceful atmosphere with smaller tourist crowds.
A visit to Viet Hai fishing village
Viet Hai fishing village in Cat Ba
If the idea of just sitting back and relaxing as your comfortable boat takes you around these islands, showcasing all of the landmarks and hotspots that you may not otherwise get a chance to visit on your North Vietnam group tours does not really interest you, nothing can be better than paying a visit to Viet Hai fishing village! This lovely fishermen community is where you can shrug off the noisy city life and daily work stress. Whether it is a walking or bicycling tour to visit these local fishermen’s families or an interesting homestay experience, Viet Hai fishing village will give you time to free your body.
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
Since you will already be in the area, make sure to take a stroll around the town’s most famous green space. Even though it is actually a full 64,248 acres, don’t worry – there is no need to explore the entire park to get a sense of its nature and atmosphere. The 3rd Biosphere Reserve in Vietnam and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Cat Ba National Park is one of the best places in Cat Ba to experience Vietnam’s nature! Prepare yourself for an amazing trekking tour to meet nearly 60 species in Vietnam and the World’s Red Book and 32 types of mammal. If you are lucky, you can meet one of the world’s 65 remaining golden-headed langurs, the world’s most endangered primate. What a memorable experience for any nature lovers on their North Vietnam group tours!
With 3 days and 2 nights in Cat Ba Island, you can go on a tour for just about anything, including food tours, island tours, and culture tours to take a better overview of the pearl island of Northern Vietnam. Instead of rushing from islands to islands, beaches to beaches, you can savor the sights, and add stops like a ferry ride to the Monkey Island, a visit to Viet Hai fishing village, and either the World Biosphere Reserve of Cat Ba National Park. This packed 3-day-2-night itinerary maximizes your limited time in the town.