Cat ba island, vietnam: the complete guide

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Cat Ba Isl& is the biggest of the 367 islands that khung the Cat Ba archipelago. It’s approximately 32 miles (50 kilometers) from Hai Phong City, a trip which takes up lớn 1 hour to lớn travel by speedboat. Cat Ba is also by far the biggest islvà in the whole of Halong Bay.

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For those traveling on a budget or wanting khổng lồ avoid the crowds, the best time is to go in the off season which runs from June till August. For more information kiểm tra our "when to lớn go" & detailed "weather guides".

How To Get There

How To Get There Cat Ba Express Bus: Depart daily from Hanoi (Catbaexpress.com)

From Hanoi (124 km)

Hopping on a Hanoi-Haiphong highway bus will get you from Hanoi khổng lồ Cat Ba island in around 3-5 hours (4 hours on average). There are various operators, but try Cat Ba Express, Good Morning Cat Ba for reasonable price and good service.

OperatorDepartArriveTickets (2021)
Good Morning Cat Ba (35-seater)07:30 at 09 Cho Gao, Hoan Kiem11:35 at Cat Ba islvà (4h5', no transfer)230,000 VND
Orient Travel (29-seater)08:00 at 128 Tran Nhat Duat11:50 at Cat Ba isl& (3h50', no transfer)210,000 VND
Daiichi Travel (45-seater)10:30 at 96 Nguyen Huu Huan14:15 at Cat Ba Islvà (3h45', no transfer)200,000 VND
Cát Bà Express (29-seater)13:45 at 37B Nguyen Huu Huan17:30 at Cat Ba isl& (3h45', no transfer)250,000 VND

Booking information:

goodmorningcatba.com

From Halong bay (22,7 km)

The best way khổng lồ get to lớn Cat Ba isl& is to leave from Halong Bay. Once in Halong Bay, the best way lớn get lớn the isl& is lớn take a ferry. There are three ferries a day that go to lớn the northern side of the islvà. The ferry takes about an hour & is 80.000 VND or 100.000VND if you’re traveling on a motorxe đạp. From there it’s about a 40-minute drive sầu lớn Cat Ba town. There’s a bus that costs around 30.000VND. There are taxis as well but be mindful as they might và try to lớn scam you with outrageous prices. See our guide on how to lớn get from Halong bay lớn Cat Ba isl&.

From Hai Phong (33 km)

There are multiple ways khổng lồ travel lớn Cat Ba isl& from Hai Phong: (This timeable is updated as of Jan 2021)

Transport (Company)SchedulePrice
Speedboat (Mekong Hoang Yen)Ben Binh: 09:00 am arrive sầu Cat Ba pier at 09:45 (45 minutes)180,000 VND
Bus (Good Morning Cat Ba)Tan Vu Lach Huyen Bridge at 09:30 am khổng lồ Cat Ba at 11:10 (1h40')400,000 VND
Taxi (Mai Linc Hai Phong)Door-to-door (0225 3833 833)480,000 VND

Where To Stay

Where To Stay Xinc Floating House - A very "unusual" stay experience near Cat Ba island.

There are plenty of hotels and hostels available on Cat Ba islvà. You will find most of them on the waterfront even though some hotels have sầu recently opened a bit more inl&. Generally, you pay a bit more for a room with sea view. When you’re less abled or not in great physical condition, make sure that you book a khách sạn with an elevator as a lot of hotels won’t have any. For a luxurious experience, you can go khổng lồ ‘Sea Pearl Hotel’ located left of the welcome gate.

Recommended hotels and resorts in Cat Ba:

A popular resort is the ‘Monkey Islvà Resort’ and for more budget hostels recommended are ‘Ngoc Khanh khô Hotel’, ‘Mr zoom backpacker hostel’ and ‘Cat Ba Hostel’.

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Things To Do

Things To Do Aerial view at Monkey island in Cat Ba

Besides the obvious things khổng lồ bởi vì on an island, going khổng lồ the beach, visit some caves và going on a cruise, there are several other activities you can partake in.

You can visit ‘Monkey Island’ where Monkeys roam miễn phí. The monkeys on the island are long tailed macaques và are not endemic to the isl&.Little over a mile north of town (2 kilometers) you can find the ‘Cannon Fort’. This fort was built in 1942 as a defense installation và is a popular spot to lớn watch the sunset.

Activities: Yoga is quite a popular activity on the islvà and for those who enjoy lush green forests & visit khổng lồ Viet Hai village is recommended.

Where To Eat

Where To Eat Cocktail at Quiri Pub - One of the top rated restaurants & bars in Cat Ba.

Being right by the sea (it’s an island), sea food is very popular on Cat Ba isl&. Some recommended restaurants are: ‘Phuong Nhung Restaurant’, ‘Lang Cnhì sea-food restaurant’, ‘Pmùi hương Phương thơm Restaurant’ & for vegetarians the ‘Buddha Belly Restaurant’ comes recommended.

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Suggested Itinerary Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Islvà from above!

There are so many different things to lớn vì chưng on Cat Ba isl& và most people spover around three days on the isl&. Below we made a three day itinerary which is, of course, just a suggestion.

Day 1:Visit the beach! Cat Ba has several beautiful beaches notably Cat Ba 1, 2 & 3. We suggest you go to Cat Ba 2 as it has the reputation of being the most beautiful one.If you forget your bathing suit, no worries, there are plenty of options lớn rent a bathing suit for the day. Once at the beach you can just relax và get your rã on in the sun, go for a swim or bởi some snorkeling. It’s recommended to get out of the water before 6.30 p.m. as the tide & current can become quite treacherous.After the beach, you can go lớn Cannon fort lớn admire the sunphối. After sunphối enjoy a well-earned dinner và perhaps even some drinks at the many restaurants và bars Cat Ba has to lớn offer.Day 2:Take a trip to lớn the beautiful Lan Ha Bay to take in the wonderful scenery. Do a bit of kayaking lớn explore some of the areas that are inaccessible by boat. Be sure khổng lồ stop by Monkey Islvà khổng lồ see some of the Monkeys and bởi some snorkeling or just simply go for a nice refreshing swyên.At night enjoy a fresh seafood dish called ‘Tu Hai’. It’s a highly nutritious dish which is not as popular as oysters or shrimp but still very delicious!Day 3:Visit one of the oldest fishing villages in Vietnam, Cai Beo ancient fishing village!Here you’ll find many interesting sights & hear many intriguing stories about the fishing village. Make a stop at the village to meet the locals & see first-hand how they catch & subsequently prepare the fish.Another option would be to go to the Cat Ba National park. The park is known for its biodiversity và is a prime example of Eco-tourism. You could even visit the fishing village và Cat Ba National park on the same day!

At night you can enjoy some delicious seafood! Regional specialties like Blue Crab of Squid come highly recommended!