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.
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.