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Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba

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Island National Park
Explore the nature and local life on Cat Ba Island, the largest island of the Cat Ba Archipelago and home to a diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystem. A national park covers half of the island's surface, where tropical limestone forests, karsts, mangroves, coral reefs, emerald lagoons, and hidden caves harbor indigenous animal and plant life. Visit the small communities living on floating fishing villages to learn about their way of life, traditions, customs, and cuisine. Besides discovering the island by land, you can take a ferryboat or rent a kayak to discover secluded areas and look for adventures. Before you head to Cat Ba, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cat Ba trip generator, to make sure you see all that Cat Ba has to offer, including Cat Ba Island.
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  • Cat Ba seems to be the alternative to the Halong Bay Tours. Cat Ba city itself is not nice but the surrounding. You should visit cannon fort, an old artillery relict of Vietnam war and the hospital ca...  more »
  • Beautiful and unspoilt despite the waste littering the sea. You will find wild places even since your little boat. Inland, some villages are still in the 19th century. It is a vegetation of mangroves or jungle type. Very exotic.
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  • Halong Bay Tour 3 days just seemed to be the last day of the motorcycle part of the stone cat BA Island; to crushes on an exotic landscape. You can enjoy both the mountains and the sea, this place next time I want to be sure to track
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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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