For those who have no idea about where Halong Bay and Catba Island are, we are here to give you the full information about these two wonders of Vietnam. Wish you have the perfect Halong bay – Catba Island tour!
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a very popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. The bay belongs to Halong City, Cam Pha town and is a part of Van Don district. Halong Bay is consists of many limestone islands, islets and beautiful beaches. The geo-diversity of the environment in this area has created the biodiversity, which includes a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic, sea shore biosystem.
Catba Island belongs to Quang Ninh province and is apart from the central of Halong City about 25 km. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity. Catba Island is also the home of the highly endangered Catba Langurs. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Halong Bay.
HALONG BAY – CATBA ISLAND TOUR
Let’s begin the tour with Hanoi. You can catch a bus from Hanoi to Halong in 3.5 hours and get on a cruise to begin the tour. You should do a brief research which cruise you will stay for the whole tour a day before the tour begins.
When you arrive in Halong City, you will start to explore some of Halong symbols like Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Cave, Fighting Cock islet, Stone Dog islet, etc. It’s depend on the itinerary of the cruise that you stay. Here, we are going to introduce you some of the best attractions when you come to Halong Bay.
SUNG SOT CAVE
This cave is also known as “Grotte des surprises” which is named by French adventurers. Sung Sot Cave has 2 main areas and each area has its all beauty. In the first area, a majestic ceiling cover by stalactites is the queen of all sceneries. The lighting system makes the ceiling even more beautiful in vintage style. There is a small road that connects the first area with the second area. The second area is a massive space that can contain more than 1000 people at a time. In the lowest point of Sung Sot Cave, there is a freshwater pond which provides water for the flora surrounding.
BA HANG FISHING VILLAGE
Are you boring of a busy-non-stop-working life? Why don’t you live as a fisherman for one day? Welcome to Ba Hang Fishing Village – one of four floating villages in Halong Bay. The village is next to Thien Cung Cave and it has about 50 families are living in floating houses. Come to the village and you will experience the daily life of a fishing family. You can go fishing and then cook your foods at the locals house with a very cheap price. Moreover, there is also kayak, canoe or boat available for you just in case you want some thrilling activities.
SOI SIM ISLAND
The island has been existed about hundred of million years ago and surrounded by the sea then there are endemic plants, according to researchers. Soi Sim island also has primitive forest with a lot of ancient plants, diversity of flora and fauna. Soi Sim island is surrounded by mountains so you could climb to the top and enjoy the breathtaking overview of Halong Bay. The Soi Sim Beach is quite small comparing to other beaches in Halong Bay but it’s very wonderful. There are many activities that you could have on the beach: swimming, snorkeling diving or kayaking around the Bay.
TI TOP ISLAND
Ti Top Island is in the heart of Halong Bay. It is the most touristic place for all international and domestic tourists. It is famous for breathtaking landscapes and panoramic view. You can visit many beautiful islets such as Ga Choi islet, Dinh Huong islet or Cho Da islet. Moreover, on the highest spot of Ti Top Island, it’s insanely spectacular with the panorama view of Halong Bay. Ti Top beach is the most heavenly beautiful beach in Halong Bay. The water is very clear and blue that you can see the small stones under the water. You can swim or kayak around the Bay to discover hidden corners.
These above attractions are just 3 out of many incredible spots out there. You need to go and visit all of them to see the full breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay.
After visiting and joining activities the whole day, you will have a candlelit diner inside a cave of on a wonderful beach. Seafood and Traditional Vietnamese cuisine will be served professionally by the caring staff. In the end of the day you will have a overnight in your lovely cruise and prepare for the next adventure.
Next day, we are going to start the new journey to Cat Ba Island – the beautiful pearl of Vietnam.
CAT BA ISLAND
From Halong Bay, you can take a boat straight to Gia Luan Harbour then you will get on a bus to Cat Ba Town. When you arrive at your hotel, check in and arrange your luggage, we will continue to explore the beauty of Catba island.
Catba has kept its unspoiled beauty due to its isolation from the world. There are a lot of wonderful beaches and tropical forests on Catba island. One of the best thing here is the average temperature is about 25 Celcius degree and its fresh air. Let’s see what you can visit and play on Catba island.
It’s about 20 minutes to walk from Catba town to beautiful beaches such as Cat Co I, Cat Co II and Cat Co III. These beaches are not too large but they are all clean and incredibly amazing. The water is so clean and blue that you could see small rocks under the water. Cat Co I is the biggest one than the others. You can play volleyball, kayaking or sunbathe on the beach.
Another activity you can enjoy in your trip to Catba island is scuba diving. There are a lot of amazing coral reefs under the ocean and near Catba island. It’s the most wonderful way to discover the beauty of the ocean that you can only see on television. A lot of colorful fishes and species of fishes are waiting for you to discover them. You can join the scuba diving acitivity at the Scuba Diving Center of Monkey Island (belongs to Catba island).
LAN HA BAY
Lan Ha Bay has beautiful landscape due to its islands and islets. Lan Ha Bay is a little bit similar to Halong Bay but according to many tourist, visiting Lan Ha Bay is way more interesting than Ha Long Bay because Lan Ha Bay scenery is more primitive than Halong Bay. You can also visit some of fishing villages here and kayaking along the most beautiful Bay of Hai Phong.
This is one of the most interesting activity that tourist can try when they come to Catba island. Favorite destinations to climb are Dau Be island (2 hours from Catba harbour), Ben Deo Cliff (2 km away from downtown) or Three Peaches island. Climbing is an adventure sports, if you are into adventure sport, this is definitely your game!
CATBA NATIONAL PARK
If you are interested in nature why don’t you visit Catba National Park? This is the perfect place of nature lover. Catba National Park has the diversity of flora and fauna with thousands species of birds and animals living. One of the most endangered animal here is Langur. They are individuals that alive and only live in Catba National Park. You will be amazed by how the nature here has such a nice scenery and biodiversity.
It will take you 2 days more to discover the rest of Catba island. There are a lot of attractions and touristy spots here and you need to find out your next destination! Moreover, you can have an memorable overnight inside beautiful and romantic bungalows along the seaside at Monkey Island Resort.
You can check how to get a Halong – Catba tour right here:
For 2 days 1 night tour: HERE
For 3 days 2 nights tour:
- 2 Nights on Catba Island – HERE
- Golden Lotus Garden Cruise (1 night on boat + 1 night on Catba Island) – HERE
- Golden Lotus Premium Cruise (1 night on boat + 1 night on Catba Island) – HERE
- Annam Junk (1 night on boat + 1 night on Catba Island) – HERE
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