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Monkey Island, Cat Ba

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Relax on the beach at Monkey Island, a private island with scenic views. If you get tired of swimming, you can climb the island's hill for expansive views of the surroundings. Grab a meal at the beach bar and avoid bringing your own food and leaving valuables out in the open, as the monkeys often steal food and other items from visitors, and can become aggressive if stopped. For Monkey Island and beyond, use our Cat Ba trip itinerary builder site to get the most from your Cat Ba vacation.
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  • We were on a boat tour that finished with a couple hours at Monkey Island. I wasnt really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The trek up the mountain for the view is incredible, but ...  more »
  • The monkeys are very cute but accustomed to being fed. I do not condone feeding them and just walked and watched at a distance. Some people nearby were feeding them and I believe one of the monkeys th...  more »
  • The monkey part feels a bit fake; tour guides are feeding them to make them come to you, animals seem very on edge and get scared/aggressive easily. Island itself is beautiful. Climb the mountain for ...  more »
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  • Not recommended for children since the monkey is not friendly. But the experience when in the boat through the mangrove forest is very nice. The story of the soldier should make us happy because they give their life for the country.
  • Nice bay to swim and enjoy the nature. The water is very dirty though. There are lots of monkeys and they are used to people.
  • This place can't be worse. What they do there with the monkeys it's disgusting...You can see them drunk, stealing things from people and being aggressive while the crowd laugh and provoque them. The sights from the top of the hill are nice but the way up is tough and crowdy. The beach is pretty average...
  • The island is good but monkeys are always on stealing mode
  • It was raining when we went there. But I am disappointed at all the pollution here and in the whole area surrounding Monkey Island

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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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