Top Attractions You Should Visit in Cat Ba

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Cat Ba is a small island in the Gulf of Tonkin that is well known for the beauty of landscape and blue sea. The Cat Ba Archipelagoismade up from 367 islands and Cat Ba island is the largest. The following is top attractions in Cat Ba that you shoud visit when coming here.

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Cat Ba Monkey Island

Monkey Island is a private island located 1.5 miles from Cat Ba town. The beach here is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba Island. The sea water is so clean and emerald, the climate here is wonderful and nature are so beautiful island.

Cat Ba Beaches

The white-sand Cat Co beaches (simply called Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 2) make a great place to lounge around for the day. They are about 1 km southeast from Cat Ba town over a steep headland; and can be reached on foot or by motorbike or taxi. The two beaches are separated by a small hillock that can be climbed over in about 20 minutes. Most; however; take the easier route along a new; 700m; wooden seaside walkway around the mountain. Cat Co 2 is the less busy and more attractive of the two; and also offers simple accommodation and camping. On weekends the beaches fill up with Vietnamese tourists. The main beaches; apart from those at Cat Ba town itself; are Cai Vieng; Hong Xoai Be and Hong Xoai Lon.

Cat Ba beach via Begodi

Cat Ba Town

The aptly named Cat Ba Town is the main settlement on the island with around 8,000 inhabitants or on boats moored in Cai Beo bay, about 2km away from the town itself. It features 3 beaches and a parade of restaurants and hotels along the seafront and reminded me a little of small coastal towns back home in the UK. It also features some nightclubs and bars – one that we went to called the Flightless Bird Bar. Unfortunately, we arrived in the town quite late and so didn’t have any time to really explore it.

Cat Ba National Park

At the heart of Cat Ba Island lies a visually stunning and ecologically diverse national park. In 1986, 9,800 [98 km²] hectares (approximately one third of the Island’s total land mass) was annexed as Cat Ba National Park, the first decreed protected area in Vietnam to include a marine component (Dawkins 14). It had previously been the site of a timber company. In 2006, the boundaries of the national park were redefined, so the park contained 109 km² of land area and an additional 52 km² of inshore waters and mangrove covered tidal zones (langur website). The park is staffed by 92 people, including over 60 park rangers. In 2004, Cat Ba Archipelago was declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area in order to protect the multiple terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well the diverse plant and animal life that is found on the Island. The UNESCO designation divides the archipelago into three distinct areas, each with certain functions and restrictions that regulates development and conservation measures on the Island.

Cat Ba National Park via A Girl Abroad

Lan Ha Bay

This island-filled bay located south east of Cat Ba Island would be more famous if not directly next to the excellent tourist destination Halong Bay. In fact, if not the victim of administrative boundaries, Lan Ha would be considered a part of Halong Bay, and it has become an indispensable destination on its own right thanks to unspoiled and magnificent natural beauty.

Ba Ham Lake

Situated on the south-west side of Halong Bay, Ba Ham Lake is found on Dau Be Island (Calf Head Island) in Lan Ha Bay – Catba Vietnam. This island is part of the range of islands at the farthest end of Halong Bay, bordering the immense zone Long Chau Sea. Ba Ham Lake is situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs.

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