A tour to Halong Bay cannot exclude Cat Ba Island since it’s the largest and most beautiful island in the Bay. Due to the intensive conversation program initiated by the local government, Cat Ba still keeps its authentic feeling of a blessed island with lush green, biodiversity, and breathtaking view.

Cat Ba is a suitable place not only for beauty-appreciated travelers but also for those who wish to have a nice relaxing time with their friends and family. Read this article from catbaisland to know How to spend your time wisely in Cat Ba.

Best time to travel in Cat Ba

Like other provinces in the North of Vietnam, Cat Ba has four seasons with distinguished features. Summer, from June to August, is quite hot and humid, Spring, from March to May, is wet. From December onwards the temperature drops with chilly wind. The best time to visit Cat Ba is probably in autumn, from September to November. The weather is pleasant and cool, enables visitors to experience the fullest beauty of Cat Ba.

Getting around

The best way to discover Cat Ba is on a motorbike since it saves your time and money to go around this vast island. Motorbikes are available in every hotel for 100.000 to 120.000 VND per day. You may pay less during low season. Since the motorbike renters don’t provide petrol, you have to pay for it as well. You shouldn’t pay more than 50.000 VND for a full tank, and it should last for at least a day.

If you want to slow down and enjoy the riding routes in Cat Ba, it’s better to rent a bike with gears since there are a few hills. One bike costs as much as one motorbike; however, you don’t have to pay for any extra fuel.

Where to go in Cat Ba

National Park

Cat Ba National Park is located in the eastern part of the island. The park is home to the endangered Cat Ba Langur, of which are under intensive protection since there are only 60 left. Cat Ba National Park offers visitors one of the most beautiful wandering trails in Vietnam – which are challenging to some degree. It takes total 2 hours to climb to the top. The entrance ticket is 15.000 VND. There are numerous guided tours with affordable prices, which can help enhance your tour experience.

Lan Ha Bay

A view of Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba National Park (Source: Internet)

Monkey Island

Boats run daily to Monkey Island from Cat Ba and accept both individual and group tour. The monkeys on the island are used to humans, so they won’t run away if tourists approach them. However, if you want to take photos with them, you should give them something as a present. Be careful with your food and personal stuff.

A sweet monkey family time

A sweet monkey family time (Source: Internet)

The most exciting part of Monkey Island is to climb up the rocky mountaintop. The tour will be adventurous and takes around 45 minutes to get to the top. All your efforts will be compensated by the breathtaking view of the whole island.


Beaches in Cat Ba are not world class beaches. However, you will appreciate the freshness they give once you are in the water. There are three beaches in Cat Ba named Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, and Cat Co 3. Visitors can quickly reach Cat Co 3 from the harbor just by following the small road westwards. From Cat Co 3, you can walk to either Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 1. All beaches provide loungers, chairs, umbrellas, and drinks. You can find some kayak services for a price of 200.000 VND per hour.

Hospital Cave

The main attractions in Cat Ba include Hospital Cave and Cannon Fort. Hospital Cave is an incredibly well-built underground hospital as well as a boom-proof place for the locals. The three-story building was constructed with China’s assistance and continuously in use until 1975. The hospital is living historical witness of one of the bloodiest period of Vietnam’s history. The entrance ticket is 40.000 VND per person.

Canon Fort

Breathtaking sunset in Cat Ba Island

Breathtaking sunset in Cat Ba (Source: Internet)

Built in 1942, Cannon Fort offers the most excellent view of Lan Ha Bay. It’s also famous for the best place to watch sunsets and sunrises. Simple grab a bear or two, go to the fort with your travel mates and enjoy your beer with outstanding panoramas of Cat Ba with jagged rocky hills down to colorful fishing boats in the harbor, ant the vast sea beyond.

Author: Phuong Dieu Thu