Cat Ba Archipelago

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The Cat Ba Archipelago, located in the southern part of Ha Long Bay, stands as one of Vietnam's most beautiful maritime destinations. Spanning over 300 km², Cat Ba is not only the largest island in Ha Long Bay's 1,969 islands but also a convergence point of natural beauty and biodiversity.

Natural Features

The archipelago impresses visitors with its majestic limestone mountains, lush primeval forests, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. The largest island, also named Cat Ba, is renowned for the Cat Ba National Park, a sanctuary for many rare and endangered species.

This archipelago consists of 367 large and small islands, with Cat Ba Island being the largest. Renowned for its stunning beaches like Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2, and Cat Co 3, Cat Ba also captivates visitors with its Cat Ba National Park. This park is not just a biodiversity conservation area but also home to many rare species, including the Cat Ba langur, a primate endemic to Vietnam.

Moreover, Cat Ba is home to mysterious caves such as Trung Trang Cave and Hospital Cave, rich in historical and cultural significance. The island is also an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like trekking, rock climbing, kayaking, and even scuba diving to explore the vibrant marine life.

Beyond its natural wonders, Cat Ba enchants with its diverse cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and unique local dishes. Visitors can savor these culinary delights at beachside restaurants or even on cruise tours.

With a mild climate all year round, Cat Ba is a perfect destination for both domestic and international tourists. Whether you seek a peaceful retreat or an adventurous journey, the Cat Ba Archipelago always has something special to offer.

Despite the growth in tourism, Cat Ba faces challenges in conserving its natural environment. Authorities and organizations are actively working to protect its diverse ecosystem.

Visitors can reach Cat Ba by private means or through organized tours. The island offers a range of accommodation options, from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels.

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What to know before visiting Cat Ba Archipelago

Research weather, respect local customs, pack essentials, and embrace new flavors for a fulfilling travel experience.


When traveling to Cat Ba Island, both domestic and international tourists should consider several important tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  1. Travel Documents and Regulations: International tourists should ensure their passports and visas are up-to-date. It's also wise to be aware of any travel advisories or regulations that may affect your visit.
  2. Health and Safety Precautions: Check if any vaccinations are recommended or required before traveling to Vietnam. Always carry a basic first aid kit and be aware of your health insurance coverage and the nearest medical facilities on Cat Ba Island.
  3. Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly when visiting temples or religious sites. Learn a few basic phrases in Vietnamese; this can go a long way in showing respect and creating friendly interactions.
  4. Environmental Awareness: Cat Ba Island is known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. Be mindful of your environmental impact. Avoid littering, respect wildlife, and stick to designated paths when hiking or exploring natural areas.
  5. Local Laws and Etiquette: Familiarize yourself with local laws to avoid any legal issues. For instance, it's illegal to remove flora or fauna from national parks. Also, understand basic etiquette like removing shoes before entering someone's home.
  6. Weather and Clothing: The weather in Cat Ba can be quite variable. Pack accordingly, with light clothing for the summer months and warmer layers for cooler evenings or the winter season. Don't forget rain gear, as sudden showers are common.
  7. Currency and Payments: The local currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). While credit cards are accepted in many hotels and restaurants, smaller establishments and local markets may only accept cash.
  8. Transportation: Familiarize yourself with local transportation options. Motorbikes are a popular way to get around, but ensure you have a valid license. Boats are commonly used for island hopping; always check the safety standards and weather conditions.
  9. Accommodation: Book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. Cat Ba offers a range of options from budget hostels to luxury resorts.
  10. Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your country's embassy or consulate in Vietnam, local emergency services, and contacts at your accommodation.

By keeping these tips in mind, tourists can enjoy a memorable and hassle-free experience exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of Cat Ba Island.

What guests said about hotels in Cat Ba Archipelago



The plan was to spend there the first night in Cat Ba and we ended up spending there 4 nights. The family running it are soooo nice. They have a small restaurant for the guests which is pretty convenient, and the homestay is located right in the middle of the island, surrounded by nature, but they rent motorbikes so you can explore this beautiful place. The rooms are so much better than we expected and they clean it every day. The best hostel that we've stayed in Vietnam so far!


Young couple

Amazing service 👍🏼 Viet is the man, very helpful and supportive!!! Help us with all bookings during our week on Cat Ba and all trips and transportation back to Hanoi. Help us even, when we did stay in other hotel. Bike rental brilliant, 15 minutes any side of island. Place has swimming pool and pool table also pretty nice nature and quiet little village around. good food and atmosphere. Recommending to stay there for a chill time there.


Young couple

+ - friendly staff - clean room - very quick checkin, but if its on weekend you have to wait a bit because Cat Ba are very crowded on weekend - the tour they offer was very good, but if you want to book it you have to do it the night before - the hotel also have a cave which is very interesting, and a restaurant in the otherside of the island. The food there was delicious if you want to eat hotpot and grill - good service for such a price


Solo traveller

Very, very excellent and friendly personal. May be for someone the hotel is placed outside from center, but for us is very good - beatifull views (room with sea view), quite place, close to the port restaurant. The hotel offer a motorbike and you should take it, because more interesting things and place is located in different places on the island, and taxi using is expensive - motorbike is excellent choose.


Young couple

The hotel is in a spectacular location on Cat Ba island with the most stunning views from all sides. Very comfortable rooms with lovely pools, one in the roof which is great to watch the sunset. The staff were very friendly and in particular Chi, who is extremely helpful and personable with excellent English. A very comfortable place to stay whilst exploring the beauty of Cat Ba and Lan Ha bay.


Young couple

A cozy, comfortable, spacious rooms, and a very well-located boutique family-run hotel in the heart of Cat Ba island, a short walk away from the center. We loved our stay here and the owners of the property were very friendly and helpful all along. Plus this came on a budget so couldn't complain about anything. If you are on a budget and need a comfy place to stay, go for it!

edwardUnited States

Family with young children

I ate at here 4 times on my trip to Cat Ba as it is so much better then all of the bland food restaurants there serve. The fish with tomatoes was great, as are the various other seafood items on the menu. The owner is friendly and happy to provide recommendations. Prices are good as well, in the average to lower price range for seafood on the island making it a great deal.


Young couple

Hi Jade. Now im ready in Ninh Binh and writing a few lines to thank you even though im not good in English. Thank you for everything, for helpful. You gave me an extremely nice experience in Cat Ba: a cruise tour with breathtaking scenery, fresh air, beautiful island, peaceful and hospitable people. I will come back to visit Cat Ba with my family.

ClarkUnited States

Solo traveller

Great location on the main road. View from 9th floor room WOW! View from dining room balcony on 10th floor even better. Delicious full breakfast. Lots of places to eat nearby. Reception very helpful with local tips. Arranged a motorbike rental so I could hike in Cat Ba NP, visit Trung Tram Cave, Cat Co Beaches & Cannon Fort.


People with friends

I think this is the only place in Cat Ba Town that actually has chill Island vibes to it - all others are either typical hotels no different than those in any Vietnamese city, or huge posh resorts. The rooms are spacious and clean, nothing fancy, but ok. The bar/pool area is super chill and a great place to relax.


Young couple

Great value for money and amazing location - only about a 2 minute walk down the street to the pier. Close to local restaurants, bars and convenience stores. Very friendly and helpful staff that helped us organize our stay in Cat Ba Island. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable.

trangUnited States

Young couple

Loved everything about this hotel. The room is clean and the bed is very comfortable. Staff is very friendly. This place is centrally located and within walking distance to the beach and restaurants. This is one of the best place I have stayed in and will definitely return !


Young couple

The booking experience,hotel ambience,staff ,everyone has been exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would love to stay here again next time I visit Cat Ba. I would definitely recommend the hotel -10/10.

LoweUnited Kingdom

Young couple

The restaurant downstairs was amazing as well as the bar and the atmosphere! This hostel really made our tips to Cat Ba Island comfortable and worth it!


Young couple

Great beach and an amazing location not far from the busy Cat Ba island! They have kayaks and paddle boards to rent for free and you can enjoy the sea.


Family with young children

Good location with a great sea view, in the centre of Cat Ba, close to the beaches, pier and other attractions. Very spacious room, good Wifi.

SethUnited States

Young couple

Beautiful Island location. Great alternative to a cruise. Nice view from the room! Staff was great and helpful for booking tours.


Young couple

Beautiful new hotel with lovely design rooms, super nice and helpful staff and perfect location to explore Cat Ba!


Solo traveller

The staff is friendly, the room is clean and quiet. They help me book sightseeing services on Cat Ba Island.


Young couple

The autumn weather on Cat Ba Island is so refreshing. Come to Cat Ba Mountain View.

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