Discover the Wonders of Cat Ba Island for Your Next Family Adventure

Feb 25


Nguyen Manh Dung

Nguyen Manh Dung

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Cat Ba Island, a gem nestled in the heart of Halong Bay, Vietnam, is a paradise for families seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation. With its pristine beaches, lush jungles, and an array of wildlife, Cat Ba Island offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Despite the growth in modern accommodations and services, the island retains much of its untouched charm, particularly in the serene Lan Ha Bay. This summer, consider Cat Ba Island for a family holiday that combines natural beauty with cultural richness.

Getting to Cat Ba Island

By Coach or Shuttle

For those departing from Hanoi,Discover the Wonders of Cat Ba Island for Your Next Family Adventure Articles the Hoang Long coach provides a direct and convenient route to Cat Ba. Alternatively, you can take a speed boat from Ben Binh tourist wharf after a bus ride to Lac Long Bridge.

By Motorbike or Car

Drive to Hai Phong City and follow directions to the Dinh Vu - Ninh Tiep Ferry and Cai Vieng Ferry. The journey to the island takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Both ferries accommodate cars and motorbikes, with Dinh Vu operating from 6:30 to 17:00 hourly, and Cai Vieng from 6:00 to 18:00 every 30 minutes.

From Halong Bay

The Tuan Chau Ferry travels to Gia Luan pier on Cat Ba Island. However, during peak months (May to August), waiting times can be significant. For those finishing Halong Bay tours, consider boat transfers to save time, but note that the Tuan Chau ferry stops service at 15:00 daily.

Accommodations on Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island offers a range of hotels suitable for every budget, with options like Cat Ba Beach Resort, Sunrise Resort, and Hung Long Harbour Hotel. Rates vary between low (150,000 - 300,000 VND or 7-14 USD per room) and high seasons (300,000 - 500,000 VND or 14 - 23 USD). It's advisable to call ahead for information, especially during high season when booking in advance is recommended.

Activities for the Whole Family

Beaches and Swimming

The island's beaches, such as Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 2, are just a kilometer from the town center and offer spacious, tranquil settings. For a quieter experience, Tung Thu Beach is surrounded by islets, providing calm waters. Renting a boat to explore Lan Ha Bay, with its less crowded beaches and free kayaking opportunities, is a must-do.

Sightseeing and Exploration

Lan Ha Bay, with its distinctive features and ancient Cai Beo Floating Village, offers a glimpse into the region's history. Viet Hai Fishing Village, accessible by boat, bike, or foot, is enveloped by Cat Ba National Park's mountains and jungles, offering an authentic local experience.

Biking and Trekking

Rent bikes to explore the coastal roads or venture into Cat Ba National Park for forest trekking. The park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, is home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare species.

Wildlife Encounters

Monkey Island, a sanctuary for monkeys, is an exciting destination for children. The island's Cat Dua Beach boasts stunning scenery and clean sands, just a short boat ride from Cat Ba Town.

Interesting Stats and Facts

  • Cat Ba Island is part of the Cat Ba Archipelago, which includes over 360 islands. Source: Vietnam Tourism
  • Cat Ba National Park covers an area of approximately 263 square kilometers and is home to the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur. Source: Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project
  • Lan Ha Bay, often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Halong Bay, has over 400 islets and a wealth of biodiversity, making it a quieter but equally enchanting destination. Source: UNESCO

For a comprehensive guide to planning your trip, including the latest travel tips and hotel deals, visit Vietnam Tourism and AloTrip.