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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. Put Cannon Fort into our Cat Ba travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cat Ba.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Worth it to see the view but avoid the cafe area on the top. It is absolutely filthy, with 5+ staff sitting around doing nothing to clean it. Cockroaches, rats, rotting food on the floor - it's too ba...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    If you go to Cat Ba, you need to do this. We rented motorbikes to go to the top, very nice ride and panoramic vue  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Curious visit and breathtaking views. Café with nice vantage point. Few people. We came across a pig. Better go on bike walk because it is very steep
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  • May 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    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.
  • March 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    Beautiful scenery. Seeing the sunset from there was lovely. Totally recommended.
  • June 29, 2017
    Very nice. But exp. Bolte water much 15.000

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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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