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“Better choice for us than Ha Long Bay”
Review of Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island
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US$115.00*
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2-day explore Cat Ba Island - Visiting Monkey...
Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Cat Ba
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

After deciding we didn't want to pay the $500+ dollars for 1 night on a boat (family of 5) in Ha Long Bay, we decided last minute to just come to Cat Ba and figure out how to do what we wanted from here. We are so glad we just came to Cat Ba. It was way less money and the beach nearest Cat Ba town was white sand and absolutely lovely and we still got to take a boat ride out to Lan Ha Bay which was so similar to how we remember Ha Long Bay from several years ago. We kayaked and went to Monkey beach and saw floating villages and a fish farm on a half day boat tour, which was plenty for us. We had a private boat for $80 which included pick up and drop off from our hotel. Transportation to and from Cat Ba was fine. About 4 hours total, door to door. A fair amount of waiting and picking people up. Bus had very little leg room, but it was fine. And about $13 per person for a one way ticket. We wish we would have booked more time on Cat Ba. We will next time. It was a great alternative to the really expensive overnight boat trips farther north. For all the same scenery!!!!

1  Thank fubeca
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

This island is the best! The vibes are great, great restaurants, seafood everywhere is very cheap and super tasty and the sunset view is amazing!

Thank Roberta F
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We visited Cat Ba island as part of a 3-day cruise from Halong Bay, run by Vega Tours. We spent about half the time around the islands forming part of Cat Ba, overnighting in Cat Ba town at the Hung Long Harbour Hotel.

Enjoyed the green seas, the lovely karst islands, the sight of an occasional sandy beach, the hour-long cycle from the little harbour at Ben Tau Viet Hai bay, swimming and kayaking from the boat and the view of the floating fishing villages. We spent an excellent two days around Cat Ba!

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The trip of ours to cat ba the friend of mine and I discovered had been searching for a great restaurant. The food was found by us being tasty and fresh, the grilled chicken was the choice of ours and we both liked it. Mr Linh was in addition an excellent host and extremely conscious of each of the buyers. The beer was wintry and also the food was prepared new and all in all we'd a great time. During the stay of ours on Cat Ba, we went there every night and also had good food each time.
Lan Ha Bay is amazing, words just can't describe it. The captain and cruit are helpful and friendly when we remained on a cruise with Cat ba Venture.
Yet another point, in case you are a vegeterian or maybe you are sensitive to sea food, let them know in seasoned, they are going to provide you appropriate lunch with no additional fee.

Thank CainV12
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Cat Ba has its own national park and caves but it's main attraction is the cheap tours around Lan Hà and Hà Long Bay - if you bargain, you can even get one for 12$ as I did!

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