Cat Ba Town is the only real urban area on the island and is rapidly changing from a seaside village into a tourist resort. Even so, the limestone peaks are a picture-worthy backdrop that hints at the fun to come. Start your adventure by visiting the local market at Cat Ba Town’s northwest edge, renting bicycles or mopeds to cruise the roads that run along the southern coast, and of course taking one or more opportunities for a massage. On the roads along the southern coast you’ll pass by quaint villages, peaceful beaches and wildlife without even leaving Cat Ba’s shores. The town itself is a popular summer getaway destination for Vietnamese, which brings in the crowds for a few months but also makes the atmosphere more festive, with plenty of karaoke and music.
Whatever the season, the natural splendour of both Cat Ba National Park – which incorporates half the island and surrounding waters – and Ha Long Bay await. Tours are available for climbers to tackle the countless rock faces and sun loungers who just want to pass the time laying static on a remote beach –you can tailor your experience on the go. For a change of pace, find your way to the Hospital Cave on Cat Ba Island, about 10km from town. Tickets can be bought across the road from the entrance and you can take in the 17-room underground facility that was in use during the American War as a secret, bomb-proof hospital.
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Hotels in Cat Ba Island start at AU$10 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.