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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. 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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  • August 18, 2017
    An island very curious and a little noisy, it is worth visiting it by Lan Ha Bay and its beaches, also for Ha Long Bay.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Who wants to see the Halong Bay, should definitely go cat BA. Although the island is tourism moderately likely the Bay not in, it was not so much going on. There are also day trips by boat in the Bay and it is certainly more relaxed than Halong directly. Further you can also super driving around with the scooter. But never completely fill the tank can be! You can not so much process and finally the landlord suck it again and put the empty roller the next. (In addition to the tanks. The small "gasoline" stands on the side of the road require exorbitant prices for the litre) fuel. The beaches in the city are within walking distance, you don't really need the shuttle. One should however before 15 / 16: 00, there be, if you want some rest. From then, the beaches (stark) fill up with Vietnamese, because the Sun subsides (and Asians would remain generally rather pale). The "City" beaches are clean right, the water like in the whole Bay rather murky. Outside of the town's beaches we could not make out unfortunately really good beaches. Maybe you're more lucky ;)
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  • August 18, 2017
    Just a short review to tell people not to trust whoever is trying to sell you bus tickets from Cat Ba to Hanoi promising it's going to take 3 hours. This is just not possible. No matter what they tell...  more »

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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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