Cat Ba Islvà is the biggest of the 367 islands that size the Cat Ba archipelago. It’s approximately 32 miles (50 kilometers) from Hai Phong City, a trip which takes up khổng lồ 1 hour khổng lồ travel by speedboat. Cat Ba is also by far the biggest island in the whole of Halong Bay.

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For those traveling on a budget or wanting to avoid the crowds, the best time is lớn go in the off season which runs from June till August. For more information check our "when lớn go" and detailed "weather guides".

How To Get There

How To Get There Cat Ba Express Bus: Depart daily from Hanoi (Catbaexpress.com)

From Hanoi (124 km)

Hopping on a Hanoi-Haiphong highway bus will get you from Hanoi to Cat Ba isl& in around 3-5 hours (4 hours on average). There are various operators, but try Cat Ba Express, Good Morning Cat Ba for reasonable price & good service.

OperatorDepartArriveTickets (2021)
Good Morning Cat Ba (35-seater)07:30 at 09 Cho Gao, Hoan Kiem11:35 at Cat Ba isl& (4h5', no transfer)230,000 VND
Orient Travel (29-seater)08:00 at 128 Tran Nhat Duat11:50 at Cat Ba islvà (3h50', no transfer)210,000 VND
Daiiđưa ra Travel (45-seater)10:30 at 96 Nguyen Huu Huan14:15 at Cat Ba Island (3h45', no transfer)200,000 VND
Cát Bà Express (29-seater)13:45 at 37B Nguyen Huu Huan17:30 at Cat Ba isl& (3h45', no transfer)250,000 VND

Booking information:

goodmorningcattía.com

From Halong bay (22,7 km)

The best way khổng lồ get lớn Cat Ba island is khổng lồ leave sầu from Halong Bay. Once in Halong Bay, the best way to lớn get lớn the isl& is to lớn take a ferry. There are three ferries a day that go khổng lồ the northern side of the isl&. The ferry takes about an hour and is 80.000 VND or 100.000VND if you’re traveling on a motorbike. From there it’s about a 40-minute drive to lớn Cat Ba town. There’s a bus that costs around 30.000VND. There are taxis as well but be mindful as they might and try lớn scam you with outrageous prices. See our guide on how to get from Halong bay to lớn Cat Ba isl&.

From Hai Phong (33 km)

There are multiple ways to travel lớn Cat Ba isl& from Hai Phong: (This timeable is updated as of Jan 2021)

Transport (Company)SchedulePrice
Speedboat (Mekong Hoang Yen)Ben Binh: 09:00 am arrive sầu Cat Ba pier at 09:45 (45 minutes)180,000 VND
Bus (Good Morning Cat Ba)Tan Vu Lach Huyen Bridge at 09:30 am lớn Cat Ba at 11:10 (1h40')400,000 VND
Taxi (Mai Linh Hai Phong)Door-to-door (0225 3833 833)480,000 VND

Where To Stay

Where To Stay Xinh Floating House - A very "unusual" stay experience near Cat Ba isl&.

There are plenty of hotels & hostels available on Cat Ba isl&. You will find most of them on the waterfront even though some hotels have recently opened a bit more inland. Generally, you pay a bit more for a room with sea view. When you’re less abled or not in great physical condition, make sure that you book a khách sạn with an elevator as a lot of hotels won’t have sầu any. For a luxurious experience, you can go lớn ‘Sea Pearl Hotel’ located left of the welcome gate.

Recommended hotels & resorts in Cat Ba:

A popular resort is the ‘Monkey Islvà Resort’ và for more budget hostels recommended are ‘Ngoc Khanh hao Hotel’, ‘Mr zoom backpacker hostel’ and ‘Cat Ba Hostel’.

Things To Do

Things To Do Aerial view at Monkey island in Cat Ba

Besides the obvious things to lớn vị on an isl&, going lớn the beach, visit some caves và going on a cruise, there are several other activities you can partake in.

You can visit ‘Monkey Island’ where Monkeys roam free. The monkeys on the isl& are long tailed macaques and are not endemic lớn the isl&.Little over a mile north of town (2 kilometers) you can find the ‘Cannon Fort’. This fort was built in 1942 as a defense installation và is a popular spot to lớn watch the sunphối.

Activities: Yoga is quite a popular activity on the isl& & for those who enjoy lush green forests and visit to lớn Viet Hai village is recommended.

Where To Eat

Where To Eat Cocktail at Quiri Pub - One of the top rated restaurants và bars in Cat Ba.

Being right by the sea (it’s an island), sea food is very popular on Cat Ba island. Some recommended restaurants are: ‘Phuong Nhung Restaurant’, ‘Lang Cnhì sea-food restaurant’, ‘Phương Pmùi hương Restaurant’ and for vegetarians the ‘Buddha Belly Restaurant’ comes recommended.

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Suggested Itinerary Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Isl& from above!

There are so many different things to vì chưng on Cat Ba islvà và most people spend around three days on the island. Below we made a three day itinerary which is, of course, just a suggestion.

Day 1:Visit the beach! Cat Ba has several beautiful beaches notably Cat Ba 1, 2 and 3. We suggest you go to lớn Cat Ba 2 as it has the reputation of being the most beautiful one.If you forget your bathing suit, no worries, there are plenty of options to rent a bathing suit for the day. Once at the beach you can just relax and get your chảy on in the sun, go for a swlặng or bởi some snorkeling. It’s recommended to lớn get out of the water before 6.30 p.m. as the tide and current can become quite treacherous.After the beach, you can go to Cannon fort to lớn admire the sunphối. After sunphối enjoy a well-earned dinner và perhaps even some drinks at the many restaurants and bars Cat Ba has khổng lồ offer.Day 2:Take a trip to the beautiful Lan Ha Bay lớn take in the wonderful scenery. Do a bit of kayaking khổng lồ explore some of the areas that are inaccessible by boat. Be sure to lớn stop by Monkey Islvà lớn see some of the Monkeys and do some snorkeling or just simply go for a nice refreshing swim.At night enjoy a fresh seafood dish called ‘Tu Hai’. It’s a highly nutritious dish which is not as popular as oysters or shrimp but still very delicious!Day 3:Visit one of the oldest fishing villages in Vietphái nam, Cai Beo ancient fishing village!Here you’ll find many interesting sights và hear many intriguing stories about the fishing village. Make a stop at the village to meet the locals & see first-hand how they catch và subsequently prepare the fish.Another option would be to go khổng lồ the Cat Ba National park. The park is known for its biodiversity và is a prime example of Eco-tourism. You could even visit the fishing village & Cat Ba National park on the same day!

At night you can enjoy some delicious seafood! Regional specialties like Blue Crab of Squid come highly recommended!