In recent years, Cat Ba tourism is one of the top choices that Vietnamese and foreigners prefer, especially in the summer or around holidays. Now, we will help you get the best experience while living, traveling, shopping, and some tips to enjoy Cat Ba on your special vacation!
– Visitors from Hanoi can catch the bus at Gia Lam or Yen Nghia or Ha Dong bus station to Hai Phong for about 80,000 – 100,000 VND/person. After arrived at Hai Phong city, you can choose the speedboat or the hydrofoil to go to Cat Ba Island for 220,000 VND/pass. If you want to save money, you can choose to go through two ferry trips at a cost of 11,000 VND/pass and 6000 VND/pass but take longer time (about 1.5 hours – 2 hours).
– If traveling from Ha Long, you can take the ferry in Tuan Chau, the last that leave to Cat Ba is at 15:00. Usually, combine customers from Ha Long to Cat Ba so the trip is often overcrowded, it is advised to come early for buying tickets or you can spend a little more to take Ha Long – Cat Ba Tour by that begins at Gia Luan Port to Cat Ba Island. Accomplishing two goals with one effort
– Another way is to travel from Hanoi to Cat Ba by travel bus at a cost of up to 480,000 VND/person, you will not have to worry about the crowd when buying a ticket, waiting or sold-out and the bus will take you directly to Cat Ba because usually, it comes in full package.
When you come to Cat Ba Island, you can rent a three-wheeled 10-seats bus to travel or rent a motorbike to freely explore the beauty of the island.
2 Best time for traveling to Cat Ba
Visitors can travel to Cat Ba at any time of the year, but it is best to travel by June or July – ideal time for the holiday, and avoid the hot summer. However, the foreigners prefer to visit Cat Ba from November to March, and Vietnamese prefer to visit from April to October. Furthermore, visitors usually come to Cat Ba on the weekends or holidays, so you should avoid those time, then no need to worry about the crowd or services sold-out.
3 Places to stay in Cat Ba
While in the recent years, more and more hotels are built. The customer travel alone will always pay a higher price than travel in a group, and price from the weekends and holidays increase about 50% more.
The hotels at Cat Ba is usually located near the coastline some are a bit far from the beach but you can still walk there or rent a trolley with 10,000 VND/person. Therefore, you should explore Cat Ba on weekdays, save your time, money and still have a greater experience.
To find where is the best place to stay while traveling in Cat Ba, you can visit here, this website has all the booking information, price, and rating of each place that can ease the pain of comparison those hotels and resorts.
4 Destinations should not be overlooked when going to Cat Ba are:
Cat Ba Beaches:
Most famous beaches in Cat Ba are the Cat Co 1, 2, 3 that are very close to the center, in which Cat Co 2 beach is the most beautiful one that features crystal clear water. From the center of the town you can ride motorbike taxi or electric bus to the beach, and only cost 10,000 VND/person. If you do not carry a swimsuit, rent one is a good option, and one more thing that you should take into account is that you should stop swimming before 18:00 because of the strong tide and high waves.
Formerly known as Cat Dua (Pineapple) Island because the island has many wild pineapples that are used for cooling or creating medicines. But now, visitors are familiar with the name Monkey Island because there are about 20 small monkeys often playing on the beach, bathing and eating the food that visitors give them. There are two beaches are Cat Dua 1 and Cat Dua 2 are the perfect bathing spots for visitors with the fresh and peaceful environment.
Another unforgettable stopover in the journey is exploring Lan Ha Bay, where you can go swimming or take a scuba diving tour at a center nearby, they will coach you with the price around 1 Million/30 minutes
Visiting Lan Ha Bay by Kayaking:
Often kayaking Kayak exploring Lan Ha Bay is preferred by those who love adventure. You will have to row on the waves to feel the full array of limestone mountains, caves, clear water with vast of immense sky, explore the coast of white sand, the mountains that seem like they are growing from the sea …
Kayaking and mountain hiking tours are available at the port’s front office for $8, including a car transfer to the pier, or a motorbike taxi ride to Beo Beach and buy tickets directly at the Xuan Hong, Quang Anh floating market. Prices range from 100,000 to 200,000 VND/kayak/day. You take a combo of kayaking tour, diving for coral reefs, and discovering Lan Ha Bay for 390,000 VND.
When kayaking, you are not only able to explore Lan Ha Bay, but you can also sail to explore the Cai Beo fishing village, Monkey Island, bright & dark caves…
Cai Beo fishing village:
It is one of the oldest fishing villages in Vietnam, and very famous in Cat Ba. This is not as noisy as the pier to Lan Ha Bay but there are still lots of boats, and ferries that ready to take you sightseeing around the peaceful fishing village. Normally, if you follow the group, you should rent large boats, sighting on the peaceful view and listen to the crew stories about the place, you can also visit the families live here too.
Cat Ba National Park:
This is the next place you should visit when coming to Cat Ba. Cat Ba National Park is a biosphere reserve of the world with a very diverse ecosystem of about 741 different species of plants, including many rare species. Therefore, this place is also one of the places that attract lots of visitors. With the price about 15,000 VND person you will be visiting ecological tourism, landscape inside the national park such as bat cave, Trang, Trung Caves … so on.
Also known as High Point 177 because it is a historical site located on top of a 177m hill, including the large cannons, tunnels and trenches system that were built in the 40s. It was here with the Cat Ba military been through two long-standing resistance war against French colonialists and American invaders.
At present, there are still 2 cannons with weight up to tons. In addition, the fortress is also a point for you to observe the full scenery of Cat Ba such as Hon Guoc, Lan Ha Bay … through the lens of the telescope, this place is the ideal spot for the photographer to watch the spectacular sunset in Cat Ba.
The price of motorbikes to the top of the hill is 15,000 VND/person, the price tour of this place is 60,000 VND/person.
5 Ticket prices at the tourist spots in Cat Ba
– Visiting forest, Trung Trang cave: 15,000 VND/person
– Ticket to Monkey Island: 10,000 VND/person.
– Ticket to Quan Y cave: 15,000 VND/person/car
– Dinh Vu ferry ticket for people: 11,000 VND/person
– Dinh Vu ferry ticket for car: 30,000 VND/car
– Cot ferry ticket for people: 6,000 VND/person
– Cot ferry ticket for car: 20,000 VND/car
– Ticket to Lan Ha Bay: 20,000 VND/person
– Rent a boat to Lan Ha Bay ranged from 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 VND
6 The food to enjoy in Cat Ba
While experiencing Cat Ba tourism, tourists not only able to relax in the blue sea, or to explore the natural beauty of the island but also able to enjoy the special dishes of this place: shrimp noodles, sea snakes, … that embraced the taste of Cat Ba sea that visitors will never be able to forget.
You can choose to eat at the restaurant or hotel where you live but the street food is also not a bad choice. And if you want to be sure of the quality of the food, it is best to go shopping yourself and use the kitchen of the hotel at a cost ranged from 100,000 to 150,000 VND.
Besides, you can also choose to eat on floating houses at a cost about 100,000 VND per person with 8 special dishes Cat Ba: blood cockle, jellyfish, …
Some of Cat Ba specialties are:
Geoduck is a special kind of seafood with high nutrition value, but not as popular as clams, oysters, or snails … I guarantee you will never forget geoduck distinctive flavors.
The mantis shrimp roasted with chili salt
The mantis shrimps in Cat Ba are quite big. The mantis shrimp roasted with chili salt is a unique dish, which processed from live mantis shrimps after the dish is made, the meat is not crushed, nice scent and crispy.
Horseshoe crab grilled with eggs
The Horseshoe crab is considered the most typical dish here, and they are made in various ways to create very types of flavors such as stir with lemongrass and chili, grilled with eggs, steamed rice, samo stir-fried with sweet and sour …
Is the food of many places in Vietnam, Cat Ba’s green crabs is naturally raised and caught, some raised in lagoons with other sea animals.
Dishes that are made from squid
Squid is a popular food in Cat Ba, and there are lots of ways to enjoy this food depend on how the tourists prefer.
=> Souvenirs: Cat Ba also has their signature souvenirs such as keychain, conch or shell that priced from 15,000 to 20,000 VND/each. They also have fish sauce priced 100,000-150,000 VND/bottle, and other snacks from 15,000 – 20,000 VND/package, …
Some notes when traveling to Cat Ba:
Cat Ba at night is very cold, so you need to bring warm clothes.
Be careful with the invitation to go squid fishing at night if you are unsure, the price usually is 500,000 VND/6 people and you can take home what you fished. Then, you can eat those food alive with lemon, mustard. Almost all of Cat Ba services will have intermediaries, you need to thoroughly consider before renting or buying anything.
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