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Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba

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Venture off the tourist trail and uncover the breathtaking white beaches and limestone outcrops at Lan Ha Bay. This isolated bay doesn’t tend to receive many tourist boats, meaning you’ll be able to explore the beautiful area without the crowds. Geologically, the bay forms an extension of Halong Bay, with the 300 islands and rocks best explored by kayak, yacht, or boat tours. The bay teems with sea life; thousands of species of fish and molluscs call this area home, and you should also keep your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins. When you’ve finished exploring the islands, settle on one of the white sand beaches and enjoy the scenery. Make Lan Ha Bay a part of your Cat Ba vacation plans using our Cat Ba vacation planner.
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  • Lan Ha Bay has the same views and limestone islands as Halong Bay, however with far less boats. It is a bit more crowded than Bai Tu Long Bay, but still a very nice place to go! We did a 3-day 2-night...  more »
  • With a small fishing boat from the port of CatBa Town via the 3 beaches and ' fishing village ' to the Bay. Wonderful trip of about 1.5 hours. Total trip is 4/5 hours. In the Bay an hour Kayaking and then through monkey Island return. The latter we found terrible. A small strip of beach, a lot of people, a reasonably comfortable restaurant, tasty sea (though!) and a few monkeys. Very soon gone again, which could because we had booked a private tour (€60 for 5 pers). At the standard tour you should get there an hour. ... The Bay is gorgeous, you're coming eyes too short
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  • Picture the same beauty and limestones just without all these tourist boats following the same route. Yes there are tourist but not too much. The police restrictions in this Bay are far less then thos...  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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