Location: Cat Ba Island is situated in Cat
Hai District, Hai phong City.
Characteristics: Cat Ba Island is a tourist spot, attractive for its
natural beauty and wonders endowed by nature.
Taking a ride on a car or train for two hours from Hanoi to Hai phong, then on a
high-speed vessel for another hour, visitors will arrive at Cat Ba Island, the
biggest island (100km²) out of the 366 islands on the Lan Ha Bay
Right from the moment visitors set foot on Cat Ba gangway, looking afar to
contemplate the enchanting scenery of immense sky and magnificent mountains and
breathing the fresh air from the sea, visitors will feel comfortable and their
tiredness after a long trip will disappear. Surely, visitors want to go on with
their journey at once. Visitors should hire a Minsk motorbike, out of 400
motorbikes and cars here, to ride to any place visitors want to visit. First of
all, visitors should rent a room in a hotel, because the hotels on this island
are often overcrowded due to the ever-increasing number of visitors to Cat Ba
Island, although more hotels and hostels are being built. It is very pleasant to
stay in a hotel, whose back leans against the mountain and its face looks
towards the sea, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery around. Visiting
the large beaches of Cat Co and Cat Dua, which are separated by a small range of
mountain, visitors can swim in the blue and warm water, so clear that visitors
can see the golden sand beneath. If visitors do not want to swim at this crowded
place, visitors can hire a motor boat to sail to the small islets, where there
are calm and clean beaches, such as the Cat Trai Gai, Duong Gianh and Hien Hao.
The mountain adjacent to Cat Co Beach has a tunnel and fascinating caves and
grottoes, such as Hang Luon, Khe Sau, Trung Trang, Gia Luan and Kim Cuong.
Visiting these caves and grottoes you will get the feeling of the explorers,
discovering the wonders and mysteries endowed by nature. Coming out of the caves
and grottoes visitors should spend a little time to contemplate the sunset over
Lan Ha Bay. On the golden background of the horizon and the dark blue of the
sea, the heaving islets become multiform, the white sea-gulls hover and
sea-eagles make circles in the sky, all beautifying the immense and fascinating
space, and enchanting the visitors.