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Cannon Fort, Cat Ba

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Cannon Fort offers scenic views of a bay with tiny houses and rocking fishing boats, surrounded by rolling hills covered with lush greenery. The Japanese built tunnels and gun posts at the site during World War II, which were later used by the French during the Indochina War, and by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The top can be reached by car or scooter, or, if you're feeling fit, by hiking up a steep, narrow slope. Follow the marked paths through a labyrinth of underground tunnels, caves, and narrow passages, then walk the "U-tunnel" and see where the sleeping quarters were. The fort also features a small museum and a cafe with a terrace. Using our custom trip planner, Cat Ba attractions like Cannon Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Went an hour before closing time (6 pm) on our last evening in Cat Ba island. Was a little disappointed as there wasn’t much info on the objects so you should definitely have a guide with you. Other t...  more »
  • We went to see such sunset and as recommended in most blogs, however, arriving at the entrance to tell us that you have to pay 40. 000dong, going to pay for them asked really he had and the only thing they told us in English is that we pagásemos them 40. 000dong per person--before the painful treatment, we do not pay it and went down to watch the sunset at the port which we thought was wonderful. They should improve the customer service in this type of attractions (not is the first site that happens to us in Viet Nam)... a shame.
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  • We did cannon fort by scooter and had amazing views from the top point. Bring some beers and snacks it worth the visit and some money if you want to order some coffees up there.  more »
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  • Can't say fort itself is something special, old ruins of defense fort and sort of little museum, but it was fun to explore and the best view on Cat Ba I think. There is a small nice cafe on top to fully enjoy the view. If you have 1-3 hour to kill definitely recommend it. You can go by scooter or just walk up, pretty hard walk up though, scooter is more fun for sure.
  • Definitely a good place to visit if you stay in Cat Ba and have some time over. There is an entrance fee of 40k VND. At the top you can find a cafe, but it was closed when we were there as we arrived at sunset.
  • We took a scooter to the top of Cannon Fort. It is quite a walk from the bottom to the top. There is a fee to enter this park 40k per person. The views are fantastic and the history is interesting. If you want some amazing views of Cat Ba then check this out.
  • Really interesting place to visit. In fact I think you must go if you are in Cat Ba. There is entrance fee (40.000vnd) but it worth it!!! Tje stunning views, the bunkers, the hiking trail... you will enjoy it!
  • A must do in Cat Ba ! Really interesting historical parcours and great views. You can come 2 - 3 hours before sunset so you can enjoy the military history, take a drink at the bar and then go watch the sunset at the view area.

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Where to stay in Cat Ba

Though the archipelago as a whole has a reputation for being less touristy than the areas to the north, you wouldn't be able to tell as much by seeing the main town of Cat Ba. The town represents the most popular place to stay, with a number of budget hotels lining the waterfront, and some more exclusive resorts set a short way out of town, filling the space with pools, spas, and restaurants. Many people come here as part of a tour, so accommodations will already be arranged. Some tour boats bring visitors to the hotels on Cat Ba, while others lay anchor for the night, with guests sleeping in cosy cabins aboard the ship.
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