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Cat Ba Island, Vietnam: A Short Travel Guide

Updated: Feb 27

Cat Ba is the largest island in Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay, located in northeastern Vietnam. The island is known for its stunning limestone mountains, lush green jungle, and pristine beaches. You can find a range of outdoor activities which make a great alternative to the more expensive Ha Long Bay cruises. The central hub is Cat Ba Town, which is framed by a range of hotels, travel agencies, and restaurants. And while this is the most touristic part of the island, the rest is largely untouched and wild with the scenic Lan Ha Bay just offshore. In this travel guide, we share our top things to do on Cat Ba Island as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.

Cai Beo Fishing Village cat ba island
Cai Beo Fishing Village


Check out our video about Cat Ba Island to see the best things to do through our camera!

Best Things To Do On Cat Ba Island

  • Watch sunset from Cannon Fort

  • Visit Hospital Cave

  • Relax at the beaches (Cat Co 1, 2 & 3)

  • See Cai Beo Fishing Village

  • Explore Trung Trang Cave

  • Hike in Cat Ba National Park (Ngu Lam Peak or Viet Hai Village)

  • Explore Lan Ha Bay by kayak (or boat tour)

Cat Ba National Park hiking
Ngu Lam peak - Cat Ba National Park

Places To Stay On Cat Ba Island

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View from Cannon Fort

Places To Eat And Drink On Cat Ba Island

  • Casa Bonita: good mix of western and local food

  • Lepont bungalow: great sunset bar and restaurant

  • Napoli Pizza – café: delicous pizza's and pasta's

  • Start up café & restaurant: great local cuisine

Map Cat Ba Island

Find all the places to go, eat, drink, and stay on Cat Ba Island on Google Maps. To follow and save the list, do the following:

  1. Tap on the link to open it (click button below)

  2. Tap Follow. This list will now be added to the group of lists you follow.

  3. Optional: To unfollow a list someone shared with you, tap the list Saved.

If you follow the list we made, all our saved places of Cat Ba Island will show up in Your Places. The places will also appear as suggested locations in Google Maps.

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