Do you want visit Cat Ba (Halong Bay)!? You want to know where to sleep in Cat Ba? Do you want to know how to get to Cat Ba from Hanoi? In this article I tell you everything you need to know to discover the magnificent Halong Bay.
Here is the action plan for this article to save time (use the menu on the right to access the desired section):
- What to visit in Cat Ba, what to see in Cat Ba?
- A boat trip around Halong Bay from Cat Ba?
- Where to sleep in Cat Ba, where to stay in Cat Ba?
- Where to go out in Cat Ba?
- How to get to Cat Ba from Hanoi?
- A boat trip from Hanoi or Cat Ba for 2 days and 1 night? (contact the French team that manages it).
1) What to visit in Cat Ba
It was mid-March that I visited Cat Ba and thus visited part of Halong Bay (Halong Bay, but you will understand). Duration of this short stay 4 days including 3 nights. Cat Ba is the largest island in Halong Bay.
You don't have a ton of things to do in Cat Ba, but there is one thing you must do is a 2-day boat trip in Halong Bay; otherwise, I think you are missing something really nice to do, but above all I do not seem necessary to come visit Cat Ba if you don't do that.
You also need to rent a scooter to explore the island, including Cat Ba Fort and Cat Ba Nature Park.
/! You should know that there are often clouds over Halong Bay, you are warned.
- Cat Ba Fort
A must see in Cat Ba is visit Cat Ba fort. It is really very nice to do (count 300 Dong to access). Rent a scooter because to go up on foot you have an easy hour.
You have very beautiful views from the top without counting the structures prepared for the cannons, the accommodation of the Vietnamese soldiers ...
It also has a bar with a great view.
In short, it remains to be done!
- Cat Ba Natural Park
A must see too. Go on a scooter and don't forget to bring water.
- A boat trip for 1 or 2 days
Here is a very cute little video of two friends (Flo and Maëlle) who are touring the world and who had the good idea to set up their Flawless Trip YouTube channel. It was with them that I went to Cat Ba. And here is a compilation of our BoatTrip on CatBa.
If you want to do a 2 days and 1 night BoatTrip in Cat Ba I advise you to contact this French speaking team, they are really good. The departure can be made from Hanoi or from Cat Ba. They have 3 offers (to make contact).
We opted for 2 days including 1 night on the boat (in the cabin). Count around € 100 / person for a private boat. There were 4 of us, so it is cheaper if you go on BoatTrip with several people. If there are two of you, you will have to pay about € 300, and it is not cheap, but at the same time you don't sleep in a kayak… You have a big boat just for you.
If you want to do a private BoatTrip in Cat Ba I advise you to contact this French speaking team, they are really good. The departure can be made from Hanoi or from Cat Ba. They have 3 offers but also offer other activities (to get in touch).
It is certainly from the port of Ben Beo (for my part it was the case) that you will take the boat for your roadTrip.
- Monkey Island
Monkey Beach is an hour's boat ride from Cat Ba. When you book a boat trip ask if you are going to monkey beach.
Once on the beach, go well and climb to the top.
/! Avoid wearing flip flops ... If you have shoes, better. Watch out for the monkeys, don't get too close to them.
- GoogleMap what to see in Cat Ba and Halong Bay
Wait 25 minutes to get to Cat Ba Nature Park from Cat Ba Port Ben Tau:
2) Where to sleep in Cat Ba
- Where to sleep in Cat Ba
On the port side you have the very nice hotel, the Thao Minh New Star, it is in this hotel where I stayed in Cat Ba. I was very happy with this hotel. The price was € 12 for a double room (in March). I made a little video of the room, overlooking the terrace (private name but it's like) at Cat Ba harbor.
You can also choose to stay in Cat Ba on a beautiful beach, on the other side of the port, but a stone's throw away (allow 3 clock-in-hand minutes from the port). This hotel is called Cat Ba Beach Resort, it is perfect if you want to play it in a romantic mode, lover ... well, you understand me. Otherwise Thao Minh's new Star is very good and very well located.
If you have any great hotel address in Cat Ba to share, feel free to share the address in the comments.
Otherwise, you also have Hotels.com or TripAdvisor. Take your time to compare.
- Do you want to sleep on a boat in Halong Bay?
If you want to do a BoatTrip (2 days 1 night) in Cat Ba I advise you to contact this French speaking team, they are really good. The departure can be made from Hanoi or from Cat Ba. They have 3 offers (to make contact).
3) Where to go out in Cat Ba
Let's be clear, we really don't party at Cat Ba. And if you are looking for one or two nice bars you have the Good Bar and the Oasis that is in front of the port.
Go up to the first floor of the GoodBar, the atmosphere is pleasant and you have free access to billiards.
If you have another address, feel free to share it in the comments because I am looking for other nice bars and apart from the ones next to this bar, I didn't find anything transcendent!
4) How to get to Cat Ba from Hanoi
To see the full article -> How to get to Cat Ba from Hanoi.
To go to Cat Ba, you have to go through Hai Phong anyway, and you also have to get to Hanoi as there is no bus that leaves from Hanoi airport. Then you will have to do Airport -> Hanoi -> Hai Phong -> Cat Ba. In short, it is a hassle!
For more information, I created an article especially on that, because it is a bit complicated -> Cat Ba transfer from Hanoi.
If you are already in Hanoi, and you are in a hotel, it is best to ask for information at the reception, they will be able to tell you what is best for you. For my part, I arrived at Hanoi airport and wanted to go directly to CatBa.
The plane arrived at 15pm at Hanoi airport, which was late ... Too late to get to Cat Ba, so I spent one night in Hai Phong.
For more information, I created an article especially on that, because it is a bit complicated -> How to get to Cat Ba from Hanoi.
Well there you go, I think you have all the keys in hand to visit Cat Ba as it should be
Do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of the page to give me your impressions, share a good address, a hotel, a bar ... Sharing is good;)
- And what did you like the most about Cat Ba?
- Do you have an interesting address to share?
- Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
See you soon!
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