With the area of 17 040 ha land area (island) and 9,200 ha of sea, Cat Ba island is one of the three biggest island in Vietnam. Moreover, because of the large area and including more than 300 small islands, Cat Ba provides various beautiful beaches and magnificent sightseeing, attracts a lot of foreigners and Vietnamese visitors also.
Being the biggest island in Worl Heritage recorded Halong Bay, Cat Ba’s spectacular National Park and its unique access to Halong Bay result in its place for one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. Cat Ba island belongs to Cat Hai, Hai Phong city. Consisting of 367 small islands, Cat Ba island is shaped like an upside down and appallingly drawn triangle. Located in the East North of Cat Ba, Cat Ba’s heart is Lan Ha Bay, which is called “the forgotten heaven” of Northside with imposing spectacle in fairy tales.
The beautiful beach in Cat Ba Island
Similar to Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay consists of 400 multi sized islands. However, it has been agreed that there are many spots only Lan Ha Bay owns. If you would prefer adventours tour, riding kayak to explore the Bay is definitely for your choice. Renting a kayak about on Lan Ha Bay costs about $5 - $10/day only. But you can row your way to many spots to explore such as the Monkey Island, the Bright cave, the Dark cave, Cai Beo fishing village, etc.
Visiting Cat Ba Island, one of the attractions you should not miss is Cat Ba National Park. Here you will fully enjoy and explore the incredible variety of plants and animals in Vietnam. The national park fills most of its land area, approximately 260 square kilometers land mass. Cat Ba National Park was declared in 1986, recognizing the park’s unique natural beauty and ecological value. The park is famous for many special features such as tropical forests, coastal water and so many beautiful landscapes. There are various creatures with 300 species of fish, 40 species of animals, 150 species of birds, 620 species of plants and so many rare others.
Cat Ba Island
Trekkers and cycle bikers often come to the park for a wonderful trip of their styles. From Ngu Lam mountain peak, your eyes are served with the whole view of the National Park, which is worth the way climbing up honestly. Wandering around, tourists are exposed to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of National Park with primitive natural eco-system.
Arrived on Cat Ba, you cannot miss the beautiful beaches, which has been recognized as top most beautiful beaches of Vietnam Northen side. The most famous beaches are Cat Co 1, 2, 3, all located near city center. Among those, Cat Co 2 is the ideal beach with fresh clean water with is finest green hue and long white sand coast. Tourist activities are mostly located along the main thoroughfare (1-4 Street), which spreads along the harhour’s edge of Cat Ba. Don’t have your swim suit on? Don’t worry, you can rent everything on the beaches or the main thoroughfare.
Trekking trail at Cat Ba National Park
If you are going from Hanoi, taking bus to Ha Phong sounds like a great idea for a convenient and quick ride. Then speedboats can take you straight from Ben Binh (Binh Station) to the island. However, speedboat ticket price is probably higher than taking a ferry from Dinh Vu Station. If you don’t need fast route to the island, ferry can be a more affordable option.
If you are going from Ha Long (Quang Ninh), come to Tuan Chau island and get on a ferry to reach Gia Luan Station on Cat Ba island. Afterwards, you can travel to the island center by bus, taxis or rent your own bike.
For the most convenient and comfortable journey, it is recommended for tourists to travel to the island by boat or book a tourism boat to stay on the water for a night. You can look for Ha Long Bay Cruise as a preferred option.