Top Choice Bay in Cat Ba Island

Lan Ha Bay

Lying south and east of Cat Ba Town, the 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay and have the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches.Due to…
National Park in Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba's beautiful national park is home to 32 types of mammal, including most of the world's 65 remaining golden-headed langur; the world's most endangered primate. There are some good hiking trails here, including…
Historic Site in Cat Ba Island

Hospital Cave

Hospital Cave served both as a secret, bomb-proof hospital during the American War and as a safe house for VC leaders. Built between 1963 and 1965 (with assistance from China), this incredibly well-constructed three…
Historic Site in Cat Ba Island

Cannon Fort

For one of the best views in Vietnam – no, we’re not kidding – head to Cannon Fort where there are astounding panoramas of Cat Ba Island's jungle-clad hills rolling down to colourful tangles of fishing boats in the …
Market in Cat Ba Island


The market at the northern end of Cat Ba Town's harbour is a great local affair with twitching crabs, jumbo shrimps and pyramids of fresh fruit.
Beach in Cat Ba Island

Cat Co Cove

A 10-minute walk southeast from Cat Ba Town, the three Cat Co Cove beaches boast the nearest sand to town, although rubbish in the water can be problematic some days. Cat Co 3 is the closest, with a blink-and-you-mi…
Monument in Cat Ba Island

Ho Chi Minh Monument

This monument stands up on imaginatively named Mountain No 1; the hillock opposite the pier in Cat Ba Town.
Cave in Halong Bay

Hang Dau Go

This huge cave consists of three chambers reached via 90 steps. Inside, ceilings soar up to 25m high while some rather disco-festive lighting illuminates a wacky array of stalactites. Among the stalactites of the fi…
Cave in Halong Bay

Hang Thien Cung

Part of the same cave system as Hang Dau Go, nearby Hang Thien Cung has ‘cauliflower’ limestone growths as well as stalactites and stalagmites.
Cave in Halong Bay

Hang Sung Sot

The popular Hang Sung Sot has three vast chambers; in the second there’s a pink-lit rock phallus unsurprisingly regarded as a fertility symbol. Even less surprisingly, some guides refer to it as the ‘Cock Rock’.