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Hospital Cave, Cat Ba

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A three-story medical safe house carved into the side of a cave, Hospital Cave was once a secret stronghold during the American-Vietnam War. Located in thick foliage nearing the entrance to the national park, the bomb-proof hospital represents an impressive feat of engineering, with a labyrinth of treatment rooms, offices, ammunition rooms, and even a small theater and swimming pool. Amble your way through empty, eery hallways, which served as home to many of the National Liberation Front or Vietcong from the hospital's completion in 1963 until 1975. You can hire a guide to take you through the hospital, then grab some local cuisine at the onsite restaurant. Arrange to visit Hospital Cave and other attractions in Cat Ba using our Cat Ba day trip app .
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  • Place sober and moving Recalling once again the courage of the Vietnamese people (and their ingenuity!) during the war. Very quick visit (10 min).
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  • We stopped in here on the way back from Cat Ba National Park. I don’t think this is worth a special trip, it if you’re driving by, it’s worth the $2 and 20 minutes to see it. The structure built insid...  more »
  • I sense a number if reviewers have noted this cave is nothing special. I was amazed. dThe cave was transformed into a hospital during the Vietnam war. Each entrance to the cave had a double set of thi...  more »
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  • As a structure, this cave is very impressive and worth a visit. I was disappointed that it seemed to be in the middle of a renovation of sorts (workers were putting in interpretive materials and exhibits but it wasn't complete). The cafe across the street was great, though, and the feat of engineering that is the structure within the cave was worth seeing even without interpretive materials.
  • The guided tour got a little absurd at times, going through 10 identically-looking empty rooms with the guide telling us "this was the meeting room" / "this was the supply room" and so forth. The structure itself is very interesting and the large cave at the end of the tour is very impressive in itself. If you're on your way to Cat Ba National Park it's worth the stop. Also if you're the type of person to try and save 40k VND you could try going in from the exit about 150m down the road, although I haven't tried it myself and can't recommend it
  • This is a great place to visit if you have any interest in the Vietnam /American war. Cost is minimal. Recommend getting a guide whole visiting
  • If you have nothing else to do, which is likely, pop by here. There is an entrance fee of 40k and parking for bikes is 5k each. The place was pleasant (not smelly or hot) during the winter months of early Jan. Rooms are mainly bare though.
  • A visit to the hospital cave on Cat Ba Island was a mixed feeling for me. On one hand, I was astounded at the beauty of the cave and the surrounding area. On the other hand, as a child of the 70's, I remember all those awful images of war. Being in the cave reminded me how dreadful the suffering must have been for anyone unlucky enough to be injured. The things we do to other humans is unforgivable.
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