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

Cat Ba Island
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2-day explore Cat Ba Island - Visiting Monkey...
Ranked #4 of 9 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!!!!

Date of experience: April 2018
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!

Date of experience: March 2018
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!

Date of experience: April 2018
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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!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank raisagd
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

Beautiful island with all the magic of Halong without the crowds and the garbage floating in the water. We swam, explored caves and kayaked... quite lovely. The island is also accessible by bike so we explored Cat Ba National Park as well... a veritable paradise. We hooked up with Vega Travel in Hanaoi (they were fabulous) for a cruise and tour of the island. Cat Ba Town is a little touristy but the rest of the island is beautiful. Highly recommend visiting!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 119shannonr
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