Cat Ba Island is still considered as the pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin with a pristine and majesty beauty of nature. Do you have a plan to travel Cat Ba? Let us share with you useful travel experience in Cat Ba.
Best time to travel Cat Ba
Cat Ba Island has cool climate from the sea, so you can go to Cat Ba at any time of year. However, the peak seasons for visitors to this island are still the summer and from November to March with the holidays.
Getting to Cat Ba
From Hanoi, you can take a coach from Gia Lam bus station, Yen Nghia bus station to Hai Phong city for about 100,000 VND / person. From Hai Phong city, you can travel by hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island at VND 220,000 per person for 45 minutes. Or you can take the ferry crossing twice at a cost of about 20,000 VND/ turn in about 90 minutes.
You also can drive motorcycles from Hanoi to Hai Phong about 140 km. You also go through 2 ferries to Cat Ba island as by coach.
Two ferry terminals are the Dinh Vu and the Got wharf. You drive to Hai Phong city, find the way to Dinh Vu ferry wharf, then take the ferry to Cat Hai island, follow the national highway TL 356 to Got ferry wharf to go to Cat Ba island. This is a popular way of local people and tourists. Dinh Vu ferry terminal operates from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm with the frequency of 1 hour per trip and the Got is 6:00 am to 6:00 pm with the frequency of 20 minutes / trip.
Accommodation in Cat Ba island
Tousim on Cat Ba Island has developed quite long so on the island there are many motels, hotels with all the prices depending on the needs of visitors. You can go to the coastal areas, town center to rent rooms.
Note: Room rates in Cat Ba on Monday to Thursday are usually cheaper than the weekend price. High season price will be double the low season. So if you go in the tourist season, you should book in advance to have the best price.
Attractions in Cat Ba Island
Cat Co beach
Cat Co has 3 beaches: Cat Co 1, 2, 3 that are always crowded. Cat Co 1 is the widest, so it is the most bustling area. Cat Co 2 and 3 are relatively quiet compared to Cat Co 1.
Cannon Fort is located at an altitude of 177 m, this is a historical relic of the Vietnamese military. Here you can observe the whole view of Cat Ba island and a corner of Halong Bay.
Lan Ha Bay
Normally, when tourists come to Cat Ba, they will spend a day exploring Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is located in the south of Halong Bay with the beauty of nature and unique shaped mountains.
Monkey Island (Cat Dua)
Monkey Island is an exciting destination not to be missed when you come to Lan Ha Bay. On the Monkey Island, there are very funny mischievous monkeys, very suitable for groups with young children. In addition, you can bathe at the beautiful Cat Dua beach on Monkey Island or take a diving tour for 1 million VND / 30 minutes.
Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park is located on the axis of the road leading to the center of Cat Ba island with the entrance ticket is 15,000 VND / person. Here you can admire the beauty of the ecology here, visit the cave like Bat cave, Trung Trang cave, …
Specialties in Cat Ba
Geoduck is a mollusk living in salt water. It is precious seafood with high nutritional value. This is a popular dish so if you have the opportunity to Cat Ba, remember to enjoy once.
Sam (Horseshoe crab)
Sam is a typical dish in this place with strong flavors. Sam can be processed into dishes such as sam salad, grilled sam, sauteed sam with lemongass and chili, stir-fried sam, steamed sam.
Flower crab or blue crab is a popular crab in Cat Ba with medium size, firm meat, sweet taste. Flower crabs in Cat Ba today are often caught or raised in cages.
There are also many other attractive dishes in Cat Ba such as salt roasted mantis shrimp, squid dishes, … To eat seafood at reasonable prices you should go to seafood restaurants near the Holiday View Hotel, or restaurants on the way to Cat Co beach. Or you can go near the market to enjoy typical dishes at popular prices.
The above are some Cat Ba travel experiences for those who wish to travel Cat Ba during the summer as well as the upcoming holidays. Wish you have a great trip.
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