Top 4 places you must come when arriving Cat Ba island

Cat Ba Island is a real paradise in the North of Vietnam. Its wonderful beauty will make you love it right away. If you have a chance to come to this wonderful place then here are the places you have to go! Do not forget!

Panoramic view of the island from the fort of Cat Ba Island

This fortress is a place where people should come to see the whole of the island. It is most beautiful at sunshine or sunset. There is an outdoor observatory and a 360-degree view of Cat Ba Island.

The hillside of the fortress building was always a strategic location during the great wars in Vietnam. You can come the by motorbike, car or walk for about 15 minutes to the top. Upon arrival, you will see a large map of the fort.

Opening hours from 7AM to 6AM weekdays, with a ticket fee of 40,000VND/ person.

Trekking in Cat Ba National Park

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Cat Ba National Park is a conservation point for 32 species of mammals and more than 70 species of rare birds. Most notably, this is the home of rare Cat Ba Langurs. I think this is the most beautiful place on Cat Ba Island.

This is the ideal destination for trekking. An 18 km long route crosses the mountain with many natural beauties. You need about 6 hours to move to Viet Hai village. From here you can continue your journey by boat to the town.

Note that the national park is suitable for adults, especially those with good health because the trekking trails have many terrains. National park fee is 30,000 VND per person. Boat trip to town is 50,000 VND per person. Note that the boat starts picking up passengers from Ben Beo at 6AM but  7AM on weekends.

Visit the Military Medical Cave

The Military Medical Cave is located at the edge of Cat Ba National Park, just 13 km from the center of Cat Ba Island. The opening hours for visitors are from 7AM to 4PM. This is an example of the talents and creativity of the Vietnamese during the war. Cave divided into 3 different levels can accommodate a field hospital inside the mountain.

The first floor was the room for wounded soldiers along with the operating room and the doctor’s room. The second floor is used as a relaxation room for bathing and movie viewing. The 3rd floor contains equipment that wartime leaders use to secure the cave.

Climbing rocky cliffs without protective equipment


The most interesting place that you should come and try is the DWS (deep water solo) rock climbing at Lan Ha Bay. Cat Ba has rocky islands with a similar structure to Ha Long Bay but there are fewer visitors so you can enjoy the best moment without noise.

Currently, Cat Ba Island contains two companies touring this adventure. You will wait at the tour operator’s office at 8am and takes a 5-minute bus ride to the boat landing. From here you can take a boat to admire the bay and the attractive blue water.

They then transfer to a smaller boat with their own instructor then go to the mount. There are terrains suitable for climbers of level 4 to 6. Despite the danger, this experience is worth a try once you go to Cat Ba Island.

I believe that with the experience, you will have a crazy holiday than you expect. Get your bags and prepare for a great trip to Cat Ba Island.

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