#Vietnam – Cat Ba Island

Vietnam - Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is the biggest island in the world famous Ha Long Bay, so it is easy to understand why it is well known to most tourists who visit Vietnam.

This has helped add comforts and conveniences for the visitors. These days, in the heart of the island, Cat Ba Town, hotels and homestays are no longer an unknown development.

At the same time, nature lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because it is still several steps away from becoming an urban jungle. This is because almost half of Cat Ba and its adjacent waters belong to a national park established in 1986 to protect the island’s diverse ecosystem.

A few days of proximity to nature in Cat Ba, therefore, can comfortably rejuvenate you.

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There are several ways to reach Cat Ba from the capital city of Hanoi.

You can get a bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong and take the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway or National Highway No.5 to get to Hai Phong City.

With the grand opening of the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen Bridge in Hai Phong last year, getting to Cat Ba Island is easier and faster.

The bridge, the longest sea crossing bridge in Southeast Asia, is connected to the Hai Phong-Hanoi Expressway, allowing vehicles to travel all the way from the capital city to an island named Cat Hai, from where you can take a ferry at the Got Wharf to Cat Ba.

The ferry operates all day and will take you around two hours in total.

In case you do not want to travel via the cross-sea bridge, you have the option of taking a high-speed boat from the Binh Wharf in Hai Phong City. A boat departs every two hours, and tickets cost VND250,000 ($10.77) per person. The traveling time is around 45 minutes.

From Ho Chi Minh City, you can fly directly to Hai Phong and take one of the steps mentioned above.

You can also travel to Cat Ba from Ha Long Bay. Catch a ferry from Tuan Chau Island to reach Gia Luan Port and take a cab to Cat Ba Town.

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#Vietnam’s 400-year-old town rated among world’s 15 best tourism cities

HoiAn

Hoi An, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang, has won much love among global travelers after becoming a familiar name in global rankings by respected international travel magazines.

For a second year in a row the ancient town has made it to the list of 15 best tourism cities on earth based on a vote by readers of the New York-based Travel + Leisure.

From being a small rural village, Hoi An catapulted to global fame as the top travel destination in Southeast Asia because of some unique distinctions, which have repeatedly been hailed year after year.

Its slow pace and tranquil atmosphere, difficult to find elsewhere, make it stand out from other places in the country.

Hoi An came eighth in the list, down one spot from last year, while San Miguel de Allende in Mexico reigned supreme for a second consecutive year.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai, Kyoto in Japan and Ubud in Indonesia are three other Southeast Asian cities that appeared in the list.

Every year, for its World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to weigh in with travel experiences around the globe and share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and others.

Readers rate cities based on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

U.S. news network CNN recently listed Hoi An as one of the 16 best places in the world to relax and de-stress.

Hoi An ranked second in a list of the 10 safest and most exciting places on this earth for solo travelers compiled by travel editors at Momondo, a U.K.-based travel site.

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The World’s top 15 tourism cities, according to Travel + Leisure:

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2. Oaxaca, Mexico

3. Udaipur, India

4. Ubud, Indonesia

5. Kyoto, Japan

6. Florence, Italy

7. Luang Prabang, Laos

8. Hoi An, Vietnam

9. Chiang Mai, Thailand

10. Charleston, South Carolina

11. Mexico City

12. Cape Town, South Africa

13. Rome, Italy

14.

15.

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Source – VNEXPRESS

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