Among the best places to travel in Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is an outstanding destination. Situated 60km from central Hai Phong, the island has recently become the top choice for summer vacations in northern Vietnam with its stunning sunshine, pristine nature, and nearly untouched beaches.  

What is the best time to travel Cat Ba, Vietnam?

Cat Ba is cool all year round so you can travel to Cat Ba Island at any time and in any season. October and November are the best months of the year to come to this beautiful island when the climate is pleasant and the number of tourists is quite small compared to the duration between May and August. Travelling off-season will be a great option to enjoy your holidays without being annoyed by the noise of tourists.

How to get access to Cat Ba?

Traveling by bus seems to be the most common way to reach Cat Ba Island. From Hanoi, tourists are able to book a ticket for a price of $10 and get to bus stations near Hanoi Old Quarter to transfer to Hai Phong’s bus station. Then, tourists can get on a hydrofoil to get to Cat Ba Island. See more information at Guide to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi.

A highly recommended alternative choice is booking a Halong Bay package that makes a stop at Cat Ba Island. It is a much economical option for anyone planning to take part in a Halong – Cat Ba tour. For about $22, tourists are offered many services including picking you up from your hotel and transferring you to the destination. 

Where to stay in Cat Ba?

With the development of tourism, there are more and more hotels and accommodations in Cat Ba town, especially near the coast. The cost of midweek stay (from Monday to Thursday) is half cheaper than weekend stay (from Friday to Sunday). Hence, if you are on a tight budget, try spending at least two days during the week for your Cat Ba travel to avoid crowds and save some cash for your accommodation.

Here are some well-rated resorts which are equipped with air conditioners, private bathrooms, and sea view.

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

Cat Ba Beach Resort

Whisper Nature Bungalow & Resort

Cat Ba Eco Lodge

Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa

Monkey Island Resort

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort at night (Source: Internet)

What to do in your travel?

1. Go swimming at Cat Co Beach

There are 3 most popular beaches in Cat Ba: Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 3. Cat Co 1 beach is surrounded by stone cliffs, attracting many tourists to sunbathe and go swimming. You can reach to these beaches from the town by taking an electric car or local bike taxi (xe om).

Cat Co Beach

Cat Co Beach is surrounded by forest mountains (Source: Internet)

2. Discover Lan Ha Bay

Once setting your foot on Cat Ba, you should spend a whole day on it, hire a boat to explore the pristine beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Surrounded by limestone karsts, Lan Ha shares many things in common with one of the World Natural Heritage Sites, Halong Bay.

If you have a taste for adventure, a kayaking trip in Lan Ha Bay is a must. Kayak rental services are offered by most cruises so you can easily hire a boat to experience the natural beauty of limestone and caves on your own.    

Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay with untouched beauty (Source: Internet)

3. Explore Cat Ba National Reserve

Famous for its biodiversity, Cat Ba National Park is the habitat of many exotic species of animals including endangered species such as golden-headed langurs. If you are interested in observing the wildlife, there are many ecotours available to help you explore the mysterious forests and take you to some caves such as Trung Trang Cave and Bat Cave. For anyone who loves outdoor activities, hiking and trekking day tours are highly recommended.

Cat Ba Nature Reserve

Cat Ba National Reserve is a perfect place for outdoor activities (Source: Internet)

4. Enjoy local seafood

When visiting Cat Ba Island, you should not miss these must-eat local dishes: vermicelli with shrimps, mantis shrimp soup, steamed horseshoe crab, grilled Pacific geoduck, and steamed groupers. These ocean specialties are not only delicious but also nutrient-rich. There is nothing better than enjoying a BBQ party by the beach after a day of adventure!    

Beyond the island’s gorgeous beaches and forest-covered mountains, the biodiversity of Cat Ba Island is also unsurpassed. hope that our Cat Ba Island local tour guide may help you to have unforgettable experiences in this stunning island!