Cat Ba

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Discover Cat Ba

CatBa is the second largest island in Vietnam and you can find it just south of Halong Bay.

Many tourists book a tour of a few days in Hanoi to visit Halong Bay or CatBa. But, you can also travel to CatBa Island without booking a tour. This is a more unique and adventurous experience which allows you to explore CatBa Island as well.

Another advantage of visiting CatBa on your own is that you can travel straight from CatBa to Ninh Binh. This saves you a trip back to Hanoi if you are further travelling South.

On CatBa you can explore the island by (motor)bike, visit beaches, do kayaking and rock climbing, as well as watch the sunset at Cannon Forth. You can book a boat tour on the main street in CatBa town to explore beautiful Lan Ha Bay, or the southern tip of Halong Bay.

Cat Ba Island - Vietnam

Lan Ha Bay is the closest national park to CatBa Island. It offers the same beautiful view over the limestone rocks as the famous Halong Bay, but it is less touristy. Another extra is that you also pass by the CatBa floating village where over 4,000 people live on boats surrounded by limestone islands.

From the mainland, you can take a combined ferry and bus to CatBa town, where you can find many accommodations and good restaurants. If you want a local food experience, make sure you don’t miss Phuong Nhung Restaurant which is famous for its spring rolls.

PRO TIP: Make the most of your stay by booking a day tour of CatBa Island and Halong Bay through Viator. This tour costs around 780,000 VND ($31) for a full day and includes a visit to Cua Van Floating Village, lunch and an option to go kayaking.

Cat Ba National Park

How to get to Cat Ba

Leaving fromDurationPrices fromSee details
Hanoi3.5-4 hoursfrom 275,000 VND ($11)Hanoi to Cat Ba
Sapa10.5-12.5 hoursfrom 610,000 VND ($24.50)Sapa to Cat Ba
Ninh Binh4 hoursfrom 246,000 VND ($9.50)Ninh Binh to Cat Ba
Cat Ba map

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