Come to Halong, you will probably remember that there is a beautiful mountainous island, with vast long beaches and rare flora and fauna species, all converge on a small island called Cat Ba.
1. Location of Cat Ba island
When referring to Halong tourism, you will probably associate with the Cat Ba archipelago. Cat Ba archipelago is a large archipelago of 367 small islands including a beautiful island located south of Halong Bay that is Cat Ba island. Cat Ba island is about 25 km from Halong city and about 30 km from Haiphong city center. With its natural beauty, Cat Ba island has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in the world.
2. History of Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island formerly belonged to Cat Ba district. Before 1945, it belonged to Quang Yen province, then to Hong Quang area, and was transferred to Hai Phong City in 1956. In 1977, Cat Ba district was merged with Cat Hai district into new Cat Hai district.
The island of Cat Ba with its beauty has been dubbed as Jade Island, this is the largest island of Cat Ba archipelago and Halong Bay. Any caves or islands in this area also have legendary tales associated with its name and Cat Ba island too. The name Cat Ba island is also called because in the legend of Thanh Giong, this place is where the sisters, mothers care about the needs of men for you, you fight the enemy, there is an island next to the name of Ong Ong or called Cat Ong in the fight with An invaders. There is an island beside with the name Cac Ong (Mister) or Cat Ong. The island named Cat Ba reads deviating from the name Cac Ba (Madam).
3. The beauty of Cat Ba island
Cat Ba Island is beautifully blessed with the beauty of a dreamland, you can enjoy the wonderful beauty of the mountains and the sea. You can admire the beauty of the rare animals listed in the Red Book, such as langurs, red baboons, or watch the forest biosphere.
Coming to this place, visitors can also immerse in the beautiful and attractive beaches. In addition, Cat Ba Island attracts tourists by the winding roads designed through the forest to the sea, so that while in the car, visitors can explore the continuous change of the landscape and nature.
Coming to Cat Ba, the most enjoyable thing for tourists is that they can swim at Cat Co beach that is very beautiful with white sand beach stretching into blue sea water, making visitors remember forever. Moreover, when visitors come to Cat Ba island, there are many points to discover such as going to Kim Giao forest and Cat Ba National Park, or climbing to Ngu Lam mountain, or discover the unique of Trung Trang cave …
After exploring the natural landscapes, visitors can experience the floating village on Beo pier, then also travel with fishermen in Viet Hai … More special is when going to Cat Ba, tourists can see the colorful coral reefs, also admire the beauty of Tien Ong cave, light and dark cave.
4. Specialties on Cat Ba island
Coming to the beautiful island of Cat Ba, visitors not only can admire the beauty of the majestic nature, tourists can also enjoy the fresh seafood with the flavor of the sea as geoduck, Cat Ba squid or Sam … Visitors have to enjoy delicious grilled geoduck with high nutritional value, this dish here has a very different taste compared to the other sea areas. It is very tough, crunchy and has a very special aroma.
Or you can enjoy delicious grilled Sam, especially this seafood is very rich in protein, sam meat is very sweet and very tough and more interesting, tourists can see the shell of sam is used as raw to produce beautiful and attractive souvenirs.
Cat Ba squid is considered a typical dish in this place, visitors can enjoy grilled squid with chilli sauce and beer. It is the best experience when just eating squid, drinking cups of beer and enjoying the sea scene.
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