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TRAVEL TIPS Hai Phong Tuesday, 29 November 2016

What to do on Cat Ba Island?

Not only for swimming or enjoying seafood, tourists also come to Cat Ba Island to explore the fishing villages by motorbike or boat.

What to do on Cat Ba Island?

Swimming at Cat Co Beach and enjoy Cat Ba Island from above

The best beaches on Cat Ba Island are Cat Co 1, 2 and 3 with pure water and near the town. Cat Co 1 is the largest of three beaches which is surrounded by mountains. Cat Co 2 and 3 are smaller but very peaceful and quiet. These beaches are connected by a small road along the mountain.

Cat Co beach
Cat Co beach

From the town center, tourists can walk or rent motorbikes, electric car to visit these three beaches. If you don’t bring swimsuit with you, you can hire one at the swimming service. There are also bathrooms. You should swim before 18.30 pm to avoid high tide and strong wave.

At this time, you can spare some hours to visit Than Cong Fortress near the beaches to enjoy the whole scene of Cat Ba in sunset from above. This is also the chance for you to visit historical evidence which still remains till these days including two cannons, observatory system and complicated tunnels. And you have to pay for ticket fee to enter this zone as well as observatory.

Visiting Lan Ha Bay

Usually, tourists will spend a whole day to hire a boat to explore the pristine beauty of Lan Ha Bay. To the South of Ha Long, Lan Ha has something in common with the world heritage and that is Lan Ha is surrounded by the mountains and full of rocks and islands. From the boat, tourists can easily recognize the strange shapes of the rock like High Heels Rock, Turtle Rock… If you want to explore the whole beauty of the bay, you can hire a kayak to come closer to the islands and caves.

Monkey Island (Cat Dua) is a destination that can’t be missed when on Lan Ha Bay. This place has so many funny monkeys, very suitable for anyone who has children. If you want to get down to the water, you can swim at Cat Dua Beach or participate in a diving tour. A diving tour has a coach and the price is about 1 million VND/30 mins.

Exploring Cai Beo fishing village on ferry

Cai Beo fishing village
Cai Beo fishing village

The most famous fishing village on Cat Ba is Cai Beo. Not crowded as Lan Ha Bay but Cai Beo has plenty of boats, ferries always ready to take you for a ride to explore the peaceful beauty of the most ancient fishing village of Vietnam.

If you go in group, you can hire a big boat, there is nothing more interesting than sitting on boat and learn about the daily life of the local people. Tourists will have the chance to listen to the stories and shares from the ferry riders. You can also stop at a local person’s house to see the seafood with you bare eyes.

A tour around the island

Cat Ba Island is not only famous for the sea beauty but also rich forest resources so that it is advisable for you to make a tour to explore the island. You can hire a motorbike or bicycle to go around the island.

The tour starts at the town center and along the winding road by the sea. Cat Ba National park and Trung Trang Cave are two popular destinations, however, you can stop at any destination you want to enjoy the fresh air.

Walking by the sea in the evening

When the sun goes down, it is the romantic time for couples to walk by the sea. You can also sit on a mini cyclo to go around the island. Not only children but everyone is interested in this mean of transport. Another choice is bicycle. Riding a bike on the main road which is 2km long at the town center and enjoying the sea wind will give you a nice sleep.

Enjoying Cat Ba seafood

Cat Ba snout otters
Cat Ba snout otters

Cat Ba is famous for fresh seafood: lobsters, sea snakes, fish, snappers, snout otters… depending on the personal taste, you can choose one of dozens of restaurants on 1/4 St or Nui Ngoc St. Cat Ba market is the ideal place for you to explore the cuisine here. Besides, you can try dining services near the beaches.

Not only for swimming or enjoying seafood, tourists also come to Cat Ba Island to explore the fishing villages by motorbike or boat.

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