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Cat Ba Island

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  • Cat Ba National Park
    4 stars

    Avid hikers should not hesitate to check out this beautiful national part, noted for its mangroves, subtropical evergreen forests, freshwater lakes and even some coral reefs down along the coast. While rich in flora, hikers often report seeing little in the way of fauna, though there are reportedly ... read more

  • Beaches
    3.5 stars

    Cat Ba town has three beaches within walking – or golf buggy – distance. The first beach is called Cat Co 3 -- you can reach it by following the harbour road west until it ends, and then going over the headland (if you're on a motorbike, they'll charge you 5,000 VND to park it at the base). ... read more

  • Boat trips around the Bay
    4 stars

    As in Ha Long City, it's easy enough to book a boat trip out of Cat Ba Island to explore the Bay, either with a travel agent or direct at Beo harbour, 2 km from the centre of town. It's probably a better option than Ha Long: you're much closer to the action on Cat Ba so there's less time spent ... read more

  • Hospital Cave

    Hospital Cave was a secret, bomb-proof hospital built during the American War and was used as a safe house for VC leaders until 1975. Access is via a woodland path and some rickety steps and inside you will find a selection of concrete rooms. The cave is often included as part of an island tour ... read more

  • Cannon Fort
    4 stars

    Build atop a 177 metre-high hill overlooking Lan Ha Bay, the historical side of Cannon Fort may not appeal to everyone but it's worth the trek up there for the views alone. The fort was built during the French era as a look-out point and you will find the cannon bunkers and rooms containing ... read more

  • Other activities
    3.5 stars

    Rock climbing trips can be arranged in Cat Ba, led by experienced climbers. Talk to Asia Outdoors in The Good Bar building which can organise trips for all levels. Asia Outdoors can also organise kayaking, as can other agents in town. Expect to pay around $15 for a few hours, or combine kayaking ... read more

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