Geographically and politically, Cat Ba Island belongs to Hai Phong city. Cat Ba Island is known as National Park and Reserve, 150km east of Hanoi. The park covers appro. 200 square km, two thirds of which consists of a forested zone and one third, a marine zone.
Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago that consists of 350 limestone outcrops adjacent to Ha Long Bay World Heritage site.
With an area of 356 square km, Cat Ba has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity and encompasses forested zones, coastal mangroves, freshwater swamps, beaches, caves and waterfalls. In 1986, the Northeast side of the island was designated a National Park and includes a protected marine zone. Cat Ba Island has a population of over 20,000 inhabitants most of whom live off fishing or farming in and around Cat Ba Town. The town is small and ancient, with clusters of fishing boats. Since 1998, Cat Ba town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.
WHEN TO GO?
There are 02 distinctive seasons on Cat Ba Island:
In Summer: lots of Vietnamese families go holiday with children, thank to scholar vacation for child. Most of them come from Hanoi or other provinces in North Vietnam such as Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Lang Son etc…. This is high season for local tourism.
In Winter: there aren’t Vietnamese travelers. But many international tourists come for 2 days/1 night cruise on a junk in Lan Ha Bay or some of them stay for more than 3 nights on the island to discover Cat Ba national park or trek around villages in Viet Hai district.
HOW TO GET THERE?
If you travel to Cat Ba from Hanoi, you have a choice to make:
From Halong bay or Tuan Chau Island harbor, you can take a public tourist boat for 5 hours cruise to Cat Ba northern port – Ben Beo wharf.
From Ben Binh pier , Hai Phong city, there are many hydrofoil (speed boat) a day which deserve Hai Phong – Cat Ba Island route. The journey takes 45 minutes
If you want to be more adventure, you can take a public bus Hoang Long Bus company at Luong Yen Bus Station in Hanoi from Hanoi to Hai Phong, then you continue keeping this bus crossing 2 ferries before arriving to Cat Ba town. It takes nearly 5hours to get there.
WHERE TO STAY?
There are some 3 and 4 star resorts with international standard for travelers seeking comfort, relaxation, escape from bustling and noisy cities. It is ideal place to relax in summer with blue sky, sunny and windy. Unfortunately it is not convenient to have beach break in winter, because of cold weather or monsoon season. Please contact our Travel Directors for update information regarding weather and accommodation.
WHAT TO DO?
WHERE TO SHOP?
There isn’t a place for shopping. There are products or foods for daily demand of local people only. It will be exciting for visitors to see local market with seafood, fresh vegetables and plants, fresh spicy plants etc…
WHERE TO EAT?
There are lot of small restaurants in waterfront of Cat Ba harbor. Here are some for your reference:
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