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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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  • Fun place that mainly the view must have. If it is for the lover of the history also worth to view all
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  • To see if you have the opportunity for the Sun, but as soon as it fell for the view, not to leave soon because it is a true labyrinth, little signalled and without light. Apart from this the site to little interest and is quite dirty
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  • Fairly interesting to see a bit of history but as there is not a lot to do on cat bar other than water sports going here to see the views is worth it as it doesn't take much time out of your day on a ...  more »
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  • Interesting to see this hilltop artillery position. Great panorama of the surrounding bays. Before you enter the complex itself, off the road up to it, there are a number of caves each containing mobile artillery. These are locked behind steel gates, and some require a scramble along a jungle path to find. Very sparse information on the history of the site is provided, but enough to understand well enough the purpose it served. You're brave to walk up from the town in the heat of the day - it's deceptively high up. Entrance 40k each.
  • Beautiful sunset view at the artillery marker. Make sure to arrive early enough before to look around the fort which is actually pretty interesting! Definitely a must-do on Cat Ba.
  • Nice to walk around the fort and overlook the bay around Cat Ba itself. Can recommend to go with the motorbike to the top, if you got one. Worth the 40.000 dong entry fee, but just for the view. The fort it self is not to much, but still better then the hospital cave.
  • Beautiful scenery. Seeing the sunset from there was lovely. Totally recommended.
  • Very nice. But exp. Bolte water much 15.000

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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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