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Vietnam Sights

Cat Ba Island

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Updated 07/09/2013

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The largest island on Halong Bay, this top attraction encompasses lovely beaches, freshwater lakes, and fishing villages, as well as a town center with shops, hotels, and restaurants lining the shores, and Cat Ba National Park, where exotic wildlife, including the endangered langur monkey, live among the mangrove forests and jungle terrain. Activities on the island include swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, lounging on the beach, or even joining locals in a game of soccer

in the town square. Note that the beaches are somewhat rocky and the water can be almost too chilly for swimming; the best beaches are on the eastern side at Lan Ha Bay. It's best to avoid Cat Ba during summer months when both tourists and locals flock to the island.

Getting Here: Overnight boat tours in the area generally include day-trips to this pristine island, or you can visit here by way of a 45-minute hydrofoil (146,580 VND) from Haiphong City. Dozens of tourist boats depart from Halong City to Cat Ba for around 100,000 VND. The trip takes about five hours and will give you a taste of what Halong Bay has to offer. Most hotels on the island rent motorbikes for 104,700 VND per day; it's a great way to hit all the sites in a day.

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Updated 07/09/2013


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May 6, 2014

Amazing Cat Ba island !

Cat Ba island is one of the best choice for your trip to Halong bay! You can take 3 days tour : one night on board in Halong bay and the other night in Cat Ba island town! I love Cat Ba so much because it is so quite town facing to Gulf of Tonkin! Check more Pictures and Information of Cat Ba Town from here:

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