CAT BA ISLAND, VIETNAM: THE COMPLETE GUIDE

     

Cat tía Island is the biggest of the 367 islands that khung the Cat ba archipelago. It’s approximately 32 miles (50 kilometers) from nhị Phong City, a trip which takes up lớn 1 hour khổng lồ travel by speedboat. Cat cha is also by far the biggest island 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 lớn go in the off season which runs from June till August. For more information check our "when lớn go" và detailed "weather guides".

How khổng lồ Get There

How to lớn Get There Cat bố Express Bus: Depart daily from Hanoi (Catbaexpress.com)

From Hanoi (124 km)

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

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

Booking information:

goodmorningcatba.com

From Halong cất cánh (22,7 km)

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

From nhị Phong (33 km)

There are multiple ways to travel to lớn Cat bố island from nhị Phong: (This timeable is updated as of Jan 2021)

Transport (Company)SchedulePrice
Speedboat (Mekong Hoang Yen)Ben Binh: 09:00 am arrive 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 tía at 11:10 (1h40')400,000 VND
Taxi (Mai Linh nhị Phong)Door-to-door (0225 3833 833)480,000 VND

Where to lớn Stay

Where khổng lồ Stay Xinh Floating House - A very "unusual" stay experience near Cat cha island.

There are plenty of hotels & hostels available on Cat ba island. You will find most of them on the waterfront even though some hotels have recently opened a bit more inland. 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 hotel with an elevator as a lot of hotels won’t have any. For a luxurious experience, you can go lớn ‘Sea Pearl Hotel’ located left of the welcome gate.

Recommended hotels & resorts in cat Ba:

A popular resort is the ‘Monkey Island Resort’ & for more budget hostels recommended are ‘Ngoc Khanh Hotel’, ‘Mr zoom backpacker hostel’ và ‘Cat bố Hostel’.

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Things khổng lồ Do

Things to lớn Do Aerial view at Monkey island in Cat tía

Besides the obvious things to do on an island, going to lớn 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 free. The monkeys on the island are long tailed macaques and are not endemic to lớn the island.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 lớn watch the sunset.

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

Where khổng lồ Eat

Where khổng lồ Eat Cocktail at Quiri Pub - One of the vị trí cao nhất rated restaurants and bars in cat Ba.

Being right by the sea (it’s an island), sea food is very popular on Cat bố island. Some recommended restaurants are: ‘Phuong Nhung Restaurant’, ‘Lang Chai sea-food restaurant’, ‘Phương Phương Restaurant’ và for vegetarians the ‘Buddha Belly Restaurant’ comes recommended.

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Suggested Itinerary Lan Ha Bay, Cat tía Island from above!

There are so many different things to vị on Cat cha island and most people spend around three days on the island. Below we made a three day itinerary which is, of course, just a suggestion.

Day 1:Visit the beach! Cat bố has several beautiful beaches notably Cat bố 1, 2 & 3. We suggest you go lớn Cat tía 2 as it has the reputation of being the most beautiful one.After the beach, you can go khổng lồ Cannon fort lớn admire the sunset. After sunset enjoy a well-earned dinner and perhaps even some drinks at the many restaurants & bars Cat bố has to lớn offer.Day 2:Take a trip to the beautiful Lan Ha bay to take in the wonderful scenery. Do a bit of kayaking to lớn explore some of the areas that are inaccessible by boat. Be sure to stop by Monkey Island to see some of the Monkeys & do some snorkeling or just simply go for a nice refreshing swim.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 và hear many intriguing stories about the fishing village. Make a stop at the village khổng lồ meet the locals & see first-hand how they catch & subsequently prepare the fish.Another option would be khổng lồ go to the Cat tía National park. The park is known for its biodiversity and is a prime example of Eco-tourism. You could even visit the fishing village & Cat ba National park on the same day!

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