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Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba

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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Cat Ba holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cat Ba Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Can not compare to the Bai Tu Long Bay where origional but Cat Ba Island still be good place for short or long days travel. They have some place to do the trekking in national park, some caves. But... 
    Can not compare to the Bai Tu Long Bay where origional but Cat Ba Island still be good place for short or long days travel. They have some place to do the trekking in national park, some caves. But...  more »
  • I can only recommend going on a cruise. Don't stay in town. We were here in January, and it felt like a ghost town. Hardly anyone was able to understand basic English, even in the 5-star hotel where.....  more
    I can only recommend going on a cruise. Don't stay in town. We were here in January, and it felt like a ghost town. Hardly anyone was able to understand basic English, even in the 5-star hotel where.....  more »
  • Nice island which is quite hard to get to though. You can choose to come here between the ferry and the cable car, we came with the ferry but if I would come again I would choose the cable car which.....  more
    Nice island which is quite hard to get to though. You can choose to come here between the ferry and the cable car, we came with the ferry but if I would come again I would choose the cable car which.....  more »
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  • Don't visit! (We regret going!) Even our tour guide agreed: the UNESCO and National Park "protection" brought unsustainable hoards of tourists, and now it's just so dirty. The water smells of sewage, they've killed all the fish, and they've no way to dispose of trash, so it's just piling up.
  • I have read some negative reviews about this island being overcrowded, expensive and dirty. Well, the reason is that most of these reviews come from tourists going to touristic places, staying at touristic hotels and buying from touristic stores. If you want a real experience then you have to be away from tourists! Try to do some research and find good spots to visit. We had a great time exploring the jungle and one of the caves in an unpopulated area. The scenery of the mountains and the sounds of the birds are breath taking.
  • I have lived and worked on this island for 11 years, as a person who likes to explore beautiful places, historic sites on this island I feel like a paradise for beauty lovers. nature and want to learn the epic war history of the Vietnamese people. The friendly and hospitable Cat Ba people are happy to welcome you from all over the world.
  • DescriptionCát Bà Island is the largest of the 367 islands spanning 260 km2 that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Lan Ha Bay in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba island has a surface area of 285 km2 and maintains the dramatic and rugged features of Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba Island has been included in the itinerary of many Ha Long Bay cruises and a strip of tall, thin, five-storey budget hotels line the seafront, receiving more than 350,000 visitors a year.
  • Beautiful island. Still very raw and untouched. Restaurants and hotels are very affordable. Rent a bike for 4$ and explore this magical place!

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