Top 7 Cat Ba Beach Resorts

Cat Ba Island, known as the largest island in Halong Bay, is endowed with spectacular landscapes and seascapes and nice weather conditions. Obviously, this island has still remained pristine natural beauty and rugged features of Halong Bay. Many tourists recently have shifted to visit Cat Ba Island, which helps tourism on the island more and more to develop. Spontaneously, other services including accommodations, foods and beverages, tourism activities included, spa and so on also have been increasing. It can be noticeable that the accommodations in Cat Ba Island have developed a lot from basic accommodations to luxury ones. So with the aim of helping tourists get a memorable experience, Heritage Cruises will give you brief information on Top 7 Cat Ba Beach Resorts that you want to try when visiting Cat Ba Island. 

1. Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort

Located on a  private island – Nam Cat Island in the middle of Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort, one of the best Cat Ba beach resorts, offers distinctive wooden bungalows. It is endowed magnificent seascapes and surrounded by a wide range of limestones, white sandy beaches of pristine water and diverse flora and fauna. It takes around 30 mins from Cai Beo Pier by junk boat to reach Nam Cat Island. 

This resort distinguishes from others by its architectures and special experiences to the guests. The cozy bungalows are built on stilts and feature with classical wooden furniture and large windows. Those bungalows are quite suitable only for relaxing and nature lovers. Since it’s a remote area, the room facilities are simply basic, no wifi/internet connection and electrical power is limited. Therefore, when coming to Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort, you absolutely can leave bustling lives and workload behind to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the island. 

Staff at the receptionist desk can arrange activities for guests including diving and visiting the island. Moreover, tourists can taste local dishes in the restaurant and light snacks and beverages served at the bar. The price of meals is reasonable. Lunch/dinner cost from $10/person (5 – 7 dishes), a can of soft drink costs $1.5, a bottle of mineral water – $1, a can of beer costs $2, etc. 

Regarding prices, it offers the best price, ranging from $55 to $95 (around VND 1,300,000 to 2,200,000) per night and the prices depend on the room’s type. 

To book bungalows, you can visit its website. 

Contact information: 

  • Location: Nam Cat Island, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba, Hai Phong Province, Vietnam 
  • Tel: (+84) 24 3926 2326 or (+84) 963 500 788 
  • Email: [email protected] 

2. Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort is the ideal island paradise featured by uniqueness, luxury and, breathtakingly natural beauties. Located on Cat Ba Island and settled in a sandy bay protected by marvelous karst cliffs, the gardening resort gives its guests panoramic views of a crystal clear water ocean and magnificent islets. It takes about more than 2km from Ben Beo Harbour to Cat Ba Sunrise Resort. 

All rooms have standard facilities and spacious balconies with distinctively sensational sea views. Moreover, outdoor facilities consist of a sparkling pool, Jacuzzis, beachfront bar – The Coco Bar Lounge, and easy access to a soft beach and a magnificent cliff-side walk away. On the other hand, for indoor amenities, the guests can enjoy VOCO Restaurant, 4-star restaurant serving Western cuisines and Asian foods, and fully immerse in spa services and completely relax in Vietnamese theme lounges. Besides, the place is appropriate for meetings and events as well. 

Regarding its recreation, this Cat Ba beach resort offers Karaoke, GYM room, and Kid’s Club. The Kid’s Club provides spaces for children including various toys, games, computers offering games’ offlines to maximize the child’s interests, so it’s a perfect place for family. 

Offering a swimming pool inside the resort and an interesting corner to play for children is the bonus point of Catba Sunrise Resort compared to others. Another thing is that the ideal location is in front of the beach. It must be great for guests to take a few steps to get the seashore and enjoy the sunrise as its name. 

Prices are ranging from around VND 2,700,000 to 4,700,000 for 2 people/night. 

To book rooms, contact via its website 

Cat Co 3 Beach, Catba Island, Hai Phong City, Vietnam

Phone: (+84.225) 388 7360 

Email: [email protected] 

3. Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa

Ideally located on a cove near Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa is considered as a perfect place for tourists to experience relaxing ambiance and enjoy the natural beauty of Cat Ba Archipelago as well. Well, the ocean view resort attracts guests with magnificent beachfront views, the freshwater in swimming pools and sufficient facilities being ideal for a honeymoon, romantic weeks, family vacations and resting weekends.  

Generally, Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa offers 165 spacious rooms and suites designed the concept of island-inspired decorations and modern amenities. The guests can choose amongst rooms with varied views and different types including deluxe suites and condo-style suites. Additionally, all rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions, free wifi connection and many of them feature private balconies to overlook ocean views or mountain views. Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa also offers friendly lodgings for those who’re traveling with their pets. 

Outside the door room, tourists can immerse rays of sunshine on the Cat Ba seashore or on the deck chairs near two beachfront swimming pools which separates space for adults and family. Besides, you can enjoy Jacuzzi Spa with unique experiences at the relaxing beachfront resort. The resort also invites guests to enjoy tropical cocktails at lively Pirate Bar. The guests are delighted by the 100-square-foot Fitness Center in the resort and some activities like beach volleyball. Moreover, they can enjoy a peaceful garden featured with a green grass cover and a reflecting pond. Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa also offers a shuttle service to reach the city center being famous for friendly local shops, bustling nightlife, and dining. Besides, if you want to discover Cat Ba Island, you can find all kinds of packages at the receptionist’s desk. 

Especially, Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa is a distinctive destination for meetings and events. The resort will overwhelm guests with 6,000 square feet of function rooms and different details creating signature events. Whether you’re planning to organize a conference over 200 guests or a close wedding near the beach, Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa certainly brings you unforgettable experiences. 

Each type of room offers a different price. Prices are from VND 2,500,000 to 3,700,000 for 2 people/night 

To book the rooms,  contact via website

 Here is some information: 

  • Location: Catba Island Resort & Spa Cat Co 1, Catba Island, Cat Hai, Haiphong, Vietnam.  
  • Reception Tel: +84 (225) 368 8686 Fax: +84 (225) 368 8989 

4. Monkey Island Resort

Monkey Island Resort is perfectly located on an isolated beach of Monkey Island (also called Cat Dua Island) in Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island. It’s about 3,2 km far from Cat Ba Town and it takes about 10 mins for guests to get to this resort by boat from Ben Beo Harbour. 

All rooms in Monkey Island Resort are equipped comfortably for your staying with full modern facilities combining with distinctive views from the rooms and private balconies to contemplate hundreds of islets in front. The restaurant’s Monkey Island Resort lying next to the beach and spectacular eco garden serves the guests with Vietnamese cuisines and Western foods. Additionally, there might be great to take part in a daily BBQ party on the beach. 

The unique feature is that Monkey Island Resort is located on a private island in which tourists can see easily and play with friendly monkeys. Playing and feeding for monkeys are absolutely distinctive experiences that the resort brings to the guests. When staying in bungalows, you can feel the cozy atmosphere and be familiar with Vietnamese architecture. Most bungalows and furniture totally made of wood, which brings exceptional feelings for the guests. If you’re interested in watching monkeys and immersing in the natural environment, Monkey Island Resort will certainly be a perfect choice for you. 

For pricing, it offers reasonable prices for the guests. With different types of rooms, it costs different prices which are ranging from around VND 1,400,000 to 3,500,000 for 2 people per night. 

To book rooms, contact via its website 

Location: 25 Lac Trung Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi 

Tel: 0981 222 029 – Reservation: 0981 222 028 

Email: [email protected].com 

5. Cat Ba beach resorts on Nam Cat Island

Being totally isolated from the mainland, Nam Cat Island Resort certainly makes guests satisfied with the preference of discovering and traveling. After 30 mins on board from Beo Harbour, the guests are present at a beautiful islet to explore spectacularly natural sceneries and provided accommodations with wooden houses being surrounded by cliffs. 

For rooms, you can choose rooms with a sea view and no air-conditioning and rooms with sea view and air-conditioning. Rooms with no air-conditioning have big windows and doors which brings a sense of being closer to the environment for the guests.

Nam Cat Island Resort offers the guests a wide range of services including kayaking, submarine diving, firewood camping, fishing at waiting for houses overnight, visiting Viet Hai Fishing Village, exploring Monkey Island and Lan Ha Bay as well. In the evening, you can go to the mountain bar for drinking, singing karaoke with many friends from different places. Maybe you can enjoy dancing before going to bed until midnight or walking with your partner on the beach nearby. 

Regarding pricing, Nam Cat Island Resort offers appropriate prices for the guests. It ranges from VND 1,200,000 to 2,000,000. 

To book the resort, contact its website

Here are some details of the resort: 

Address: CatBa – Hai Phong – Vietnam 

Hotline: Mrs. Diu 0977.157 822 – Mr. Vuong: 0989 555 773 – Mr. Phong: 0989 555 811 

Email: [email protected] 

6. Cat Ba Eco-Lodge Resort

Cat Ba Eco-Lodge Resort (originally Suoi Goi Resort) is approximately 13 km far from Cat Ba Town and it takes 15 mins to get to Cat Ba National Park. This resort is an absolutely different world of tranquility, pure air, magnificently natural beauty, and biodiversity. 

Lying on the top of a private hill in Xuan Dam Village, Cat Ba Eco-Lodge Resort is the most out-of-the-way resort in Cat Ba featured by primitive forests and melodic songs of various wild birds. Moreover, it’s designed and comforted in mind and Muong Ethnic Culture with rooms that are arranged in three separate buildings around the restaurant. 

Rooms at Cat Ba Eco-Lodge Resort are designed as wooden stilt house styles, with a long corridor. The rooms in this Cat Ba beach resorts are spacious and pretty suitable for those who travel in a big group of friends and for a family holiday. It’s noticeable that the resort helps guests immerse themselves with natural landscapes which is totally different from other resorts. 

Tourists are appealed by its friendly-environmentally surroundings and Muong people’s architectures. The bungalows and restaurants have lied deeply in the forest which makes the surrounding temperatures cooler. This helps the resort differentiate from others. Obviously, this resort is constructed as a place of peace and tranquility, providing guests an opportunity to escape from a bustling daily life and the workload. If you’re an environmental lover and seeking for a luxury vacation, Cat Ba Eco-Lodge Resort is an absolutely perfect option. 

In terms of pricing, the resort offers quite competitive, ranging from nearly VND 1,000,000 to 1,900,000. The prices are pretty cheaper than other resorts. 

For booking, contact it via website 

Location: Xuan Dam, Cat Ba, Hai Phong, Vietnam 

Office: 136 Ngoc Tri Street, Long Bien, Hanoi

Phone: (+84) 225 688 966 – (+84) 973238686

Email: [email protected] 

7. Cat Ba Beach Resort

Cat Ba Beach Resort is situated in Cat Co 2 Beach which is known as the most beautiful beach on Cat Ba Archipelago and featured by a primitive landscape and seascape and stretching white sandy beaches. 

The resort consists of 21 bungalows including Seaview Bungalow and Seafront Bungalow which brings a private space and comfort for guests and Duplex Family which provides the guests with a cozy atmosphere and conveniences. 

Additionally, coming to Cat Ba Beach Resort, tourists have chances to enjoy special and fresh dishes of seafood at Rock and Sea which are front beach restaurants. 

Like other resorts in Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba Beach Resort is in front of the beach with clear water and white sandy beach. However, the resort offers a large area for guests to go on a walk and relax under the canopy of coconut trees. This area is full of coconut trees and the path is arranged skilfully by a different piece of rock. 

More interestingly, the guests will have an opportunity to visit The Cannon Fort. From The Cannon Fort at the highest point of 177 meters, you can look forward to farthest distance, the ocean, the high mountain, blue clouds, and the skylines. All huge objects now look tidy in your eyes. Especially, it’s extremely marvelous to see the sunset on the top of Cat Ba Island.

The prices are ranging from VND 1,200,000 to 2,800,000 for 2 people/night.  

To book rooms, contact it via website

Address: Cat Co 2 Beach, Cat Ba town, Cat Hai, Hai Phong 

Tel: +84 31 3888 686

Hotline: 098 659 6363 | Email: [email protected]

All resorts mentioned above offer a good location, rooms with modern facilities and high quality of accompanied service regarding accommodation, restaurant, spa and tourism activities included. So, how can you decide the best place to stay? If you want real comfort, you can also choose to go on a cruise from Hai Phong and have a chance to visit all the major destinations in Cat Ba Island, coming back to the comfort of your room afterward. Unlike other Cat Ba beach resorts, Heritage Cruises offers authentic experiences on the cruise ship with modern amenities in Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago. If you’re interested in living on our cruises, you can contact us for more detail. Hopefully, that information might help you to choose a place to stay for your fascinating holiday on Cat Ba Island. 

Cat Ba Island Nightlife: Best bar, nightclubs & places to visit

Cat Ba Island is one of the largest islands in Northern Vietnam. It’s not only famous for its magnificently natural beauties but also lively nightclubs and bars to visit on this island. Heritage Cruises would like to give you an overview of Cat Ba Island nightlife regarding best bars, nightclubs and amazing places for leisure moments as a whole.

The Bigman Bar Cat Ba (The Good Bar) 

Address: 2nd Floor, The New Noble House, No. 222 1/4 Road, Cat Ba Town

📞 +84 934 674 899

Time: 7 AM – 2 AM for every day; happy hour: 9 PM – 12 AM. 

The special space of The Bigman Bar Cat Ba

Since December 2018, The Good Bar changes a new name, called The Bigman Bar. It’s located in the most bustling area, Mot Thang Tu Road in Cat Ba Town. The Bigman Bar will absolutely give guests the best experiences of Cat Ba Island nightlife in terms of cozy atmosphere but also lively, funny moments. You can enjoy quality live music meanwhile relaxing and chatting with your friends and others coming from all over the world. 

The Bigman Bar offers different kinds of drinkings like wine, beer, cocktail, etc and some types of food like pizza, noddle, etc. The music is good and run by two or three DJs per night, playing different genres. Especially, the Bigman Bar serves the combo of balloons and beer with lots of attractive promotions. 

Moreover, the Bigman Bar has an area for guests to play some fun games such as billiards and hockey. If you prefer a quiet area for relaxing, it also offers a wide balcony equipped with tables and chairs for chatting and having fun with friends and families. Watching the sunset is an elegant pleasure indeed when coming to the Bigman Bar. The guests love to watch the sunset not just because it’s so beautiful, but fleeting as well. It can be said that the nature in Cat Ba Island paints it for us and allows us to indulge in the magnificent sunset just a little bit day after day. The Bigman Bar plays a vital role in creating a lively Cat Ba Island nightlife. 

Oasis Bar in Cat Ba Island nightlife

Address: No 228 & No 254, Mot Thang Tu Road, Cat Ba Town. 

📞 096 377 11 55 

Time: 7 AM – 2 AM. 

Chatting space for the guests in Oasis Bar

Since 2012, Oasis Bar which is the first bar in Cat Ba Town, has friendly waiters, fresh food and amazing music. That absolutely brings good moments for the guests when coming to this beautiful island. It belongs to the series of restaurants, hotels, bars, gardening coffee, and supermarkets which have been established since 2011. There are 2 branches of the Oasis Bar in Cat Ba Town. The first bar is located at 228, Mot Thang Tu Road. The second one has been opened since March 2018, with an area of 1000m2 including gardening coffee, bar, and outdoor swimming pool. 

The Oasis Bar has a spacious area and combines with other kinds of services like restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and etc. So it can meet various needs of customers as a whole. Moreover, the Oasis Bar is suitable for gathering, meeting as well as organizing outdoor parties for large corporations thanks to its large space. The cuisines and drinkings served in the Oasis Bar are diverse from Vietnamese cuisine to the Western one. Like other bars, the Oasis Bar also has the space for playing fun games and tables and chairs to chat with friends. 

Rose Club 

Address: No. 210 Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Town, Cat Hai, Hai Phong. 

📞 84 94 859 88 59

Time: 6:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Sunday Open 24h  –  Monday – Friday 5pm – 3am  –  Saturday 5pm – 12am 

Outside space for the guests in Rose Bar

Rose Club is located in Nui Ngoc Street, Cat Ba Town. It’s considered one of the best bars on Cat Ba Island because of its nice staff, awesome people and great prices on drinkings. Like other Cat Ba Island nightlife clubs, the Rose Club also serves different kinds of drinkings like beers, wines, etc and laughing gas at reasonable prices. 

Rose Club has limited spaces for guests to sit down and chat with their friends like others. It just has space for playing some funny games and for dancing and drinking as well. Rose Club also has a DJ to delight the guests with lively music and remix tracks. Rose Club is more lively and limited spaces compared to other Cat Ba Island nightlife clubs and bars. 

Which bar do you choose amongst Cat Ba Island nightlife clubs? If you want to choose a medium bar for your happy hours with sufficient drinkings and spaces for gathering, the Bigman Bar is a proper choice. The Oasis Bar has more spaces and combines with other kinds of services that might be interesting for you. The Rose Club has a smaller space but is more lively and sparkling than other bars. Those bars and clubs will bring you distinctive experiences of Cat Ba Island nightlife. 

Best food in Cat Ba Island you should not miss

Imagine that you’re traveling to a beautiful island without tasty food and specialties in that area. That sounds so boring, isn’t it? Not only tourists have chances to discover and explore the natural landscapes but also do they enjoy fresh seafood and specialties in Cat Ba Island. In the article, we’d like to recommend the best food in Cat Ba Island you should not miss when visiting Cat Ba Island. 

1. Horseshoe Crab – best food Cat Ba

The horseshoe crab can be processed into many delicious and nutritious dishes which have specific aromatic flavours of the ocean including the raw horseshoe crab, sweet and sour horseshoe crab, boiled horseshoe crab or grilled, in particular, grilled eggs of horseshoe crab have a greasy taste and contain a high level of protein. Besides, the meals made from the horseshoe crab are very healthy since it helps to relieve the body heat. 

Particularly, the horseshoe crabs always go together. Fishermen usually say that one crab dies between the two crabs going together, the other also dies. If one crab dies, the other doesn’t then the crab left will become a toxic horseshoe one and live alone forever. 

Horseshoe crabs are crustaceans and cold property seafood so when processing, it must be very careful. The head, legs, edge fins, and crab shells are discarded. The guts are cleaned carefully to avoid exposing to crabmeat. The crab meat is very tasty and has a distinctive flavour as the concentration of salt is quite high, the seafood in this area has a higher level of protein and nutrition than that of other areas. So the horseshoe crab is one of the best food in Cat Ba Island that you cannot miss. In recent years, the price of horseshoe crab has been high, about more than VND 500,000. 

Amongst the best food in Cat Ba from the horseshoe crab, the raw horseshoe crab is highly recommended for tourists. After being grilled until turning yellow color, the meat of horseshoe crab is torn into small pieces and then mixes with eggs of crab, persicaria, peanut and some herbs, which creates a sweet and aromatic flavour of the raw horseshoe crab. 

2. Vietnamese Geoduck Clam 

Vietnamese Geoduck Clam, which has another name called Elephant Trunk Clam, is known as rare and highly nutritious seafood with a special flavour. Recently, Vietnamese geoduck clam can be seen in many areas and regions but the best place to taste the geoduck clam is Cat Ba Island which is a suitable place for its growth.    

The geoduck clam is a two-piece molluscous which is considered as a wonderful remedy for men. It’s not common amongst tourists like cockles, shells, oysters, etc but when you’ve tried the dishes made from the geoduck once, probably you’ve forgotten this flavour. 

Vietnamese geoduck clam could be processed into different dishes such as raw geoduck clam, grilled geoduck clam, geoduck clam rice gruel, etc. You can soak the geoduck clam into hot water (about 80oC – 90oC) within 2-3 minutes, then clean the shell with water and finally, use a knife to slit vertically along the heliotrope of the geoduck clam. It’s a little hard to bite, tasty, soft and combined with various spices for cooking. 

Especially, steamed geoduck clam is notably recommended for tourists as the best food in Cat Ba Island. After steaming within 15 mins, the geoduck clam is displayed in the dish, its flavors combined with many spices make a perfect dish. 

3. Lobster – best food in Cat Ba

Lobster is considered as the king of seafood with a high level of nutrition and vitamin. The meat inside exoskeleton is firm and exquisitely sweet that you’ve never forgotten when eating once. You can eat all parts of the lobster, except for the shell and its stomach. The most delicate and sweet part of the lobster is the meat near the head and lobster’s tail rather than the meat in the claw and knuckle. The chunky meat of those tails is wonderfully tender and light in flavour. 

Lobster can be cooked many delicious meals including lobster rice gruel, grilled lobster, steamed lobster, boiled lobster, hot pot of lobster, roasted lobster with salt, raw lobster, etc. In addition to this, lobster can be variably processed into different dishes like stewed lobster with shiitake mushroom, seaweed roll lobster, steamed lobster with wine, etc. The lobster is really rare and valuable seafood that nature endows in Cat Hai District. So this is one of the best food in Cat Ba you should know as traveling to this island. 

4. Sea Snake

Cat Ba Island has a lot of valuable and rare specialties from the ocean and sea snake is one of the best food in Cat Ba. The sea snake has a small and slim body with a length of 1 – 1.2 meters and has specialized in flattened tails which acts as a paddle for swimming. The smallish head has horns and its teeth are venomous. People usually say that the sea snake has a high value in gastronomy and medicine. 

The sea snake is simply prepared by washing with water and cutting from the throat to its tail and discarding its gallbladder and suet. You have to wash the blood snake by 90oC alcohol, not using water, then dry it. The sea snake meat contains a high amount of prostate and acid amine such as arginine, taurine, cysteine, tyrosine, etc. Besides, medicine from the sea snake helps to cure rheumatoid arthritis, bone degeneration, and spinal pain, etc. Moreover, the gallbladder will help to relieve the pain and act as a tranquilizer. With a high value of nutrition and medicine, the meals made from the sea snake are considered as one of the best food in Cat Ba Island. 

5. Fried Snail Hai Phong  

The snail is processed as the cooking manners of Hai Phong people, which is combined with fresh ingredients like coconut, chill, ginger, lemongrass, tamarind, etc. Those ingredients are harmoniously combined to make a perfect dish of a fried snail. One thing making Vietnamese dishes differentiate from other cuisines is the way people combine and mix different spices, herbs, and ingredients. 

Especially, the shell snail is kept while frying. When eating the snail, you have to use something like sewing needles to make the snail meat more accessible. Restaurants will mixture various snails for cooking so tourists can have a chance to choose which is your favourite. So fried snail Hai Phong is one of the best food in Cat Ba Island that travelers should try. 

6. Lobster Rice Noodles Cat Ba 

One of the simple and best food in Cat Ba is lobster rice noodle. Until now, lobster rice noodle has become attractive and famous for not only the flavor but its ingredients and unique cooking tips as well. 

The main ingredient playing an important part to make a great dish is fresh lobsters in Cat Ba. Those lobsters are steamed and cooked with other special herbs and ingredients. The lobster rice noodle is more tasty and delicious due to the aroma of fresh lobsters, exquisitely fatty bouillon, along with vegetables and spices. You can eat the noodles with some kinds of fresh and raw vegetables and a little chili. So all the things are harmoniously mixed to make it one of the best food in Cat Ba Island. 

7. Garrupa 

Garrupa is known as a kind of grouper that has a great flavour of the ocean owing to its greasy skin and delicate and exquisitely sweet meat compared to other fish. On Cat Ba Island, there are 3 types of garrupa including greasy grouper, black grouper, and fox grouper. Garrupa can be processed into different dishes which are nutritious and yummy like raw garrupa, garrupa rice gruel, grilled garrupa, steamed garrupa, etc. So garrupa is one of the best food in Cat Ba Island. 

8. Toasted Mantis Shrimp With Salt 

When mentioning the best food in Cat Ba Island, toasted mantis shrimp with salt is always listed for tourists. The mantis shrimp could be processed into many dishes, especially being toasted with salt. In fact, there’s a huge number of mantis shrimps in Cat Ba which are usually big. 

When processing the toasted mantis shrimp with salt, the chef normally fries through a little bit of cooking oil, which makes it greasy but not too fat. This meal is elaborately cooked by combining harmoniously different spices, so it has a delicate and exquisitely sweet flavour. 

9. Oysters – best food in Cat Ba

One of the best food in Cat Ba that you should try is oysters, which can be processed into many dishes like a roasted oyster with tamarind, roasted oyster with salt, grilled oyster and oyster rice gruel. The roasted oyster with tamarind has sweet and sour flavour and should be tasted when it’s still warm. Fresh oysters and the mixture of tamarind, chili, water, sugar and fish sauce make it one of the best food in Cat Ba. 

The roasted oyster with salt which has a different flavour from the roasted oyster with tamarind is also the best food in Cat Ba. The meal is more spicy and salty. The grilled oyster is a specialty in Cat Ba as well. It’s extremely easy to cook and eat. You just need a stove, raw and fresh oyster and special sauce only used for the grilled oyster. After that, you’ll have a chance to taste the best food in Cat Ba. The oyster rice gruel is delighted guests with an aromatic taste and its highly nutritious value when traveling to Cat Ba Island. It should be eaten with some herbs and an amount of pepper. 

In the article, we’d like to recommend to you some restaurants to enjoy the best food in Cat Ba: 

1. Bamboo Cafe, which is located on April 1st Road, is the best restaurant in Cat Ba for tasting fresh seafood both Vietnamese dishes and European ones. Price is from VND 80,000 – 120,000/ dish. 

2. Vien Duong Restaurant, No. 12 Nui Ngoc Street, is famous for its tasty seafood as well as a hot pot of seafood. Price is reasonable, from VND 100,000/dish. 

3. Phuong Nhung Restaurant, No. 184-185 April 1st Road, mainly serves noodles, pho, rice, and seafood.

4. Yummy Restaurant – Cat Ba, No. 180 Nui Ngoc includes noodles, fried rice, pho, nem, etc. which are quite similar to those dishes in Phuong Nhung Restaurant, but its price is cheaper.

5. Family Bakery, No. 194 April 1st Road, you should try different kinds of bread as Turkey styles and marzipan. Here has the best caramel in Cat Ba, price is from VND 80,000 – 120,000/dish. 

Besides, there are some places serving drinkings for tourists: 

1. Green Mango, April 1st Road, VND 15,000 – 220,000 offers many drinkings like wine, cocktails, espresso and other European food. 

2. Flightless Bird Cafe, April 1st Road has New Zealand’s style of decoration. 

3. The Good Bar Cat Ba, April 1st Road also serves excellent drinkings. 

Amongst the ton of best food in Cat Ba, which one do you choose for your trip? Heritage Cruises has just listed out the best food in Cat Ba as well as specialties from seafood regarding horseshoe crab, garrupa, lobster, geoduck clam, sea snake, mantis shrimp, oyster and etc which cannot miss when visiting this magnificent island. Besides, we also suggest some restaurants taste and enjoy the best food in Cat Ba. Now we have the best food in Cat Ba, how about a detailed package for tourists to travel any corner of Cat Ba Island? So you can read more about Heritage Expedition – Cat Ba 2N1D, contact us now, please! 

If being crowded in Halong Bay, let’s find a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island

Find a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island, what do you think? Recently, people have tended to choose Cat Ba Island over Halong Bay owing to many reasons. Tourists are seeking for exploring something new or even they prefer the place quieter and less polluted yet sharing the same geographical features with Halong Bay. In this article, Heritage Cruises will provide you some information on how to find a cruise in Cat Ba. 

An overview of Cat Ba Island 

Nestled on the edge of Vietnam’s magnificent Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island is the largest among 367 islands spreading out 100 square miles making up Cat Ba Archipelago. Cat Ba’s landscapes are rugged and spectacular with a wide range of natural ecosystems which are totally perfect for exploring by bike, motorbike or boat. 

Cat Ba Island is home to 6 communes with a population of about 13,500 inhabitants. This beautiful island encompasses two distinctive parts regarding Cat Ba Town with a concentration of tourism services and Cat Ba National Park featured by dense forests and its biodiversity. 

The national park and its surrounding area of Cat Ba Island are naturally and internationally recognized for the importance of biodiversity preservation. In 2004, Cat Ba Archipelago was declared as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area to protect the multiple terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Especially, Cat Ba Langur (Golden-headed Langur) which has only 60 individuals living in the park is the existing population of the primates in the world.

Why go on a cruise in Cat Ba Island

Recently, there have been hundreds of cruise ships which are operating in Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island are designed with different concepts and styles of service from 3 stars to 5* stars or more. Regarding the facilities, each vessel has suites from standard to luxury, restaurants, bars, lounge, etc and sundeck, balcony with a beautiful view where guests can watch the sunset or sunrise, sunbathe and simply relax. Additionally, the ship also provides guests with other services like spa & massages and professional staff are always ready to meet any requests from the guests with a smile on their faces and good All are considered as a floating hotel on the ocean. 

Instead of looking for a hotel to stay, transportation and destinations to go sightseeing, nowadays, you just need to book a cruise. So thanks to cruise ships in Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay, and Lan Ha Bay, the relaxation combined with experiences becomes more convenient and easier for the guests than ever. 

How to choose luxury cruises in Cat Ba Island 

The number of international and domestic tourists traveling to Halong Bay have been increasing and even experienced in a stable situation, so there are too many people in Halong Bay and surrounding areas leading to overcrowding in tourism spots. Why don’t you find a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island for yourself to discover and immerse instead of Halong Bay? Here are some details to help you find a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island. 

1. Best time to go on a cruise  

So how to know what is the best time to go on a cruise in Cat Ba Island, we need to have a look over Cat Ba weather through each season of the year. In general, Cat Ba weather is typical of the tropical monsoon climate, so there are 2 main seasons including wet season and dry season. It’s more likely to be a hot and humid climate with many infrequent summer storms between May and September, but it seems dry and cool from October to March. The weather in Cat Ba Island is pretty easy to separate into different seasons with its climate. 

Spring 

Cat Ba Island in the spring is featured in a foggy sky and a high level of humidity. This kind of weather seems perfect for plants and flowers to grow and develop, however, some tourists might find it hard to be convenient and keep their clothes dry. 

Spring falls into February to April. The weather in February can be hazy in the morning so it’s hard to go sightseeing and the temperature is a bit cold and cool for tourists to join in water activities. Domestic tourists travel to Cat Ba Island in March is fewer due to office stuff and it’s warmer than the previous month. So this is a great chance for tourists who want to get out of the crowding. Usual rains and storms start in April so the weather is a little humid and wet for people. Spring will be a great time for traveling to Cat Ba Island if you want to avoid congestion and overcrowding. 

Summer 

Summer starts from May to July when the general weather is hot, moist and more regular rains and storms. If you are interested in beaches and water activities, Cat Ba Island will be an ideal place for you. It is probably too hot and moisty for international tourists yet Cat Ba Island in summer is still attracting clear skies and cool water. As reaching Cat Ba Island in summer, you should be aware of the possibilities of storms and rains. 

Besides, the demand for traveling and entertaining in June and July is quite high, so it’s considered a high season for the domestic market. Through its landscapes under summer are pretty nice, not many foreigners want to deal with a high volume of Vietnamese travelers. 

Autumn 

Autumn from August to October is warm and has irregular rainstorms. The weather makes Cat Ba Island more attractive than Spring & Summer, especially for foreigners. It starts the high season. So the time between August and October is the best for tourists traveling to Cat Ba Island. The weather is featured in slight temperature and blue skies which are ideal for water activities such as scuba-diving, watching coral reefs, kayaking, fishing and so on. Moreover, you’ll have chances to enjoy perfect moments on the beach and stunning sceneries on the island. 

Winter 

Winter regularly ranging from November to January is mainly featured in a little cooler, but still slightly warmer and clear skies. If you prefer cooler and temperate weather, you should visit Cat Ba Island during this time. The weather becomes more satisfying with little rain and moisture, so makes it perfect for relaxing on the beach. However, water becomes colder so it’s hard to swim or engage in some water activities. Due to the convenient conditions of the weather, tourists have a high demand for traveling to Cat Ba Island in winter. As a result, the high season would lead to overcrowding on transportations, hotel rooms, and increasing prices. 

You can read more about Cat Ba weather: Everything you need to know 

2.How to get there 

Many kinds of transportation that transfer you to get to Cat Ba Island regarding by air, by road, by train, by ferry, and by hydrofoil. In this article, we’ll advise all of you the most convenient and suitable way to embark on the cruise in Cat Ba Island. In recent years, cruise services in Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Cat Ba Island are more and more developing and have attracted lots of tourists. Each cruise will decide which harbour they choose to escort their guests to go onboard. So if you book a cruise in Cat Ba Island, the cruise always offers limousine services from Hanoi to the harbour at Hai Phong City for cruising. It’s the easiest way to go on a cruise in Cat Ba Island. 

If you live in Hai Phong City or surrounding areas, you can go to the harbour in Hai Phong by car on your own. It’s quite convenient for those who have own vehicle and go with a group of people. In case, you’re foreigners or currently living in other provinces along Vietnam, the fastest and easiest way is by plane and then get to the harbour in Hai Phong for cruising. 

You can get more information about how to reach Cat Ba Island, visit How to get to there 

3. What activities are included in a cruise in Cat Ba Island

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Activities in Cat Ba Island

Staying overnight in a cruise in Cat Ba Island helps you to get closer to the natural environment as well as engage in various water activities like swimming, kayaking, scuba-diving, etc. In the article, we suggest what activities should be included in a cruise in Cat Ba Island. However, those activities will depend on your itinerary and the day of your cruise. 

Most of the cruises will escort you to visit famous destinations in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay including Cat Co 1,2,3 Beaches, Monkey Island, Cat Ba National Park, Dark and Bright Cave, Quan Y Cave, Three Peaches Island which has magnificent beaches, Ba Ham Lake, Da Chong Islet, Cannon Fort, Ngu Lam Peak, etc. Most beaches on Cat Ba Island still keep its untouched beauty so swimming or simply sunbathing along those beaches will bring unforgettable moments for the guests. Those feelings are something that makes you more relaxing, be closer to nature and a bit private, no one’s here but you. 

Kayaking is a must-try activity in Cat Ba Island. Going on a kayak helps you to discover and explore every corner of this beautiful island, even you can touch and immerse yourself amongst spectacular sceneries here. 

Besides, the cruise crew takes the guests to visit the fishing villages in Cat Ba Island where you can have a chance to know more about the culture and daily lives of residents. For example, you’ll find how they can build a floating house and understand their daily activities like fishing, cooking, etc. That will bring you lots of interesting experiences. 

Moreover, watching the sunrise or sunset on a cruise in Cat Ba Island is another must-have activity. Imagine that the shallow of the sun above the water makes you feel peaceful and tranquil or even something that can’t describe by words. All things will be combined to make a memorable experience for your trip.

4.How to book a cruise

Many online channels helping you to book a cruise in Cat Ba Island including Bestpricevn.com, Booking.com, Expedia.com, Agoda.com, Tripadvisor.com, etc. Those online platforms show you the number of cabins or suites available when booking time, the prices, what is included and excluded in the package, types of suites, etc. It’s easy to use and follow the online platforms but in case, travelers want to get more advice from the cruise operators or they need to set up for a special occasion so it’s hard for them to do that. 

Besides, you can book a cruise in Cat Ba Island via travel agents. They play as sales of the cruise ship who’ll provide you advice and information if needed but it takes a little time for you to find a travel agent that you can trust. 

You can book directly at the cruise operators without any online channels or travel agents via their websites. If you have any decorations or advice or recommendations from them, just ask. It takes less time than before.

5. How long do you want to stay on a cruise

Cruise operators in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay or Halong Bay chiefly offers 3 main types of cruising packages regarding a day cruise, 2 days 1-night cruise (2D1N), 3 days 2 nights cruise (3D2N), and some cruises offer 4 days 2 nights cruise (4D3N). Even when you want to have the cruise package more than 4D3N cruise, it’s OK. The cruise operators will design the package that meets your demand if you ask them. 

A day cruise is a short journey designed to help you have a little taste of feeling immersed in the natural landscapes and seascapes of Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay. You can book the day cruise trip with no overnight accommodation on the cruise. 

Overnight cruises have become more common and classic choices for travelers and allowed them to have more time to truly discover and immerse amongst the spectacular sceneries in Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island. You’ll get to sleep on board among the natural wonders and then wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise that’s absolutely a gorgeous view. The 1 day 2 nights package exactly lasts 24 hours which allows tourists to visit and travel to the main spots in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay so it’s quite suitable for most travelers who have not much time. Longer cruise itineraries are recommended for those who have time and are seeking for unwinding and tranquility and explore more isolated areas in the gulf. The 3D2N and 4D3N cruises allow travelers to explore closely to the residents, the natural landscapes here. In the longer packages, you’ll be moved to a small speedboat to visit other places and engage in other activities, back the cruise ship in the evening. 

How long you stay on a cruise depends on your time, you need/want to explore the gulf and your budget as well. The longer you stay on board, the more time you have for navigating the areas far from the crowds and still keep unspoiled beauty and engaging in outdoor activities.  

Recommendations for a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island 

Heritage Cruises, 20 luxury suites, and other contemporary facilities.  

Launching in 2019, the cruise offers unique and authentic experiences and overnight accommodation on an architecturally designed vessel. The cruise differentiates with others from high-end services and distinctive concepts derived from a historic character in Vietnam and describing the lives of Vietnamese in the North dating back to the last century. 

ERA Cruises, only luxury 18 suites, and modern amenities. The cruise offers cruise tours that will show you a different side of the beautiful country that is Vietnam. This is a luxurious cruise ship boasting state-of-the-art modern design features. It’s famous for its elegance styles. 

 If being crowded in Halong Bay, let’s look for a luxury cruise in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay for yourself, which belongs to the further parts of Halong Bay still keeps its pristine beauty. Hopefully, this article somehow helps you have an overall picture of how to find and book a cruise in Cat Ba Island for your trip. Let’s discover, explore and immerse in Cat Ba Island with Heritage Cruises – Vietnam’s first boutique cruise, contact us now.

How to rent a kayak in Cat Ba Island…

With geographical features and incredibly natural landscapes similar to Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island has become a rising trend as a pristine heritage site that there are not many tourists stepping on. When visiting Cat Ba Island, you can stay at some resorts and enjoy magnificently pristine waters, white sandy beaches under the sun. More interestingly, if your hands really want to touch upon marvelous beauties of the island, hiring a kayak never makes you feel disappointed. Beside contemplating natural sceneries, taking a kayak to visit every corner of Cat Ba Island on your own makes you have an unforgettable adventure during the holiday. The article below will give you the details about how to hire a kayak in Cat Ba Island.  

Where you can find a place to rent a kayak in Cat Ba Island 1. The best time for kayaking

As we know that Cat Ba Island – the range islands of the farthest end of Halong Bay – now is taking into consideration as the World Natural Heritage about diverse biologies. So, the natural landscapes and climate features of Cat Ba Island have close similarities to that of Halong Bay. If Halong Bay – one of the new seven world natural wonders, is too crowded and cramped, why don’t you move into Cat Ba Island for relaxation?.  People are always asking that what is the best time to travel and take part in a kayaking tour on Cat Ba Island? That absolutely depends on how you define a perfect vacation. Since visiting Cat Ba Island at any time throughout the year inevitably brings different feelings and experiences. However, if you go to Cat Ba Island for kayaking, you should pay attention to weather conditions carefully. 

The time from June to August starts summer and also is the outbreak of the domestic tourism market in Cat Ba Island. Traveling to Cat Ba Island at that time, it’s extremely crowded and accommodations always run out of. In addition, between June and July, it’s time for storm seasons in some Northern Vietnam coastal provinces. The unexpected storms coming and going have a significant impact on your journey in terms of transport and sightseeing. Especially, kayaking services on Cat Ba Island might be prohibited by local government due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Except for the months that have the potential for storms, other months are always an ideal time for you to visit Cat Ba Island. Domestic tourists normally travel to Cat Ba Island from April to October since this time overlaps with many holidays of Vietnamese. However, international tourists usually come to Cat Ba Island from November to March as it’s the best time for them to go traveling. Furthermore, at this time Cat Ba Island is quite deserted, you can comfortably choose to take a kayak trip on Cat Ba Island to explore fully the heritage site by yourself. 

2. The places that you can’t neglect when kayaking 

Cat Ba Archipelago, an area of 345 km2 and including 367 islands with different sizes, creates a limestone area emerging from the ocean. Cat Ba Island is the biggest island as well as has the largest number of residents living on. Most tourists coming to Cat Ba Island always seek for an extraordinary experience like going kayaking. Certainly you would never forget the feeling that you take a kayak and go out to sea on your own where there are many breaking waves. Those surging waters will lead to some islands or even isolated beaches for sunbathing, swimming or just relaxing. If not, you can sail your boat to reach fishing villages, ravines in the gulf. Some professional tourists state that: “Lan Ha Bay and Dark & Light Cave are the two most ideal spots to go kayaking on Cat Ba Island”. Besides, there have been magnificent destinations for kayaking that you can’t neglect such as Lan Ha Bay, Dark & Light Cave, Three Peaches Beach, and Vem Cave. 

Lan Ha Bay – the coquettish primitive pearl on Cat Ba Island 

Lying in the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay has been attracting plenty of tourists to go sightseeing because of its pristine beauties. Lan Ha Bay is considered as a neglected paradise in the Gulf of Tonkin, taking a kayak in Cat Ba Island to discover Lan Ha Bay is the fascinating experience that you should have once in your entire life. 

With different routes of going kayaking around Lan Hay Bay, you will have a chance to visit Cua Van Fishing Village featured by an interesting reef system. From this place, you’ll come across a small ravine, called Luon Cave (“Hang Luồn” in Vietnamese) which is considered as one of the most narrow caves in Vietnam for visiting. With stalactite architectures and turquoise waters, Luon Cave always brings a tranquil feeling for those who want to go kayaking by themselves on Cat Ba Island. There are other islands and islets, characterized by varied cliffs with unique shapes that all are waiting for you to visit on Cat Ba Island. The price for sightseeing on Lan Ha Bay is VND 40,000. 

Dark & Light Cave – Sung Sot Cave underwater of Cat Ba Archipelago

Dark & Light Cave belongs to the cleft palate cave with the cave floor submerged in the water; however, the ceiling above the water. To discover Dark & Light Cave, you will take a kayak in Cat Ba Island instead of climbing up slippery stone steps. When going on kayaking, you’ll get a chance to get accessed to the base of the mountain and understand more about an interesting phenomenon that the base of limestones is corroded by water. Besides, you are likely to contemplate various vegetation around the base which makes you exclaim that why the greenery can survive under a strange and harsh limestone topography. As tapping the stalactites ceiling in the cave, you can see different classes of stalactites on the ceiling and on the cliffs. Certainly, you will be impressed by magnificently natural beauties featured by the stalactites and limestones system in the cave. 

Three Peaches Beach – A pristine place on central Cat Ba Island 

Although Three Peaches beach belongs to Halong Bay, it’s pretty close to Cat Ba Archipelago. This place includes 3 small mountains with a height of 20 meters like 3 giant peaches petrified close together. That’s why people normally call it’s Three Peaches. That’s so amazing if you are able to go kayaking to go around blue beaches and natural mountains in the middle of the ocean or suddenly startle when there are waves splashing slightly on the boat. 

Discover Vem Cave, Ang Thinh Linh 

If you are planning to go kayaking on Cat Ba Island, certainly that you shouldn’t miss the area around Vem Cave – Ang Thinh Linh (“Hang Vẹm – Áng Thình Lình” in Vietnamese). According to local spoken-language in Cat Ba Island, people usually use “Áng” for valley area lying amongst ranges of mountains in the distinctive regions. More especially, the lake in Vem Cave – Ang Thinh Linh area brings the biological features of brackish water. Undoubtedly, some of you must have understood the feeling when adventuring amongst special valleys on kayaking by yourself, aren’t they? If you’re a big fan of kayaking, please don’t miss a chance to go kayaking in Vem Cave – Ang Thinh Linh on Cat Ba Island. 

3. How to rent a kayak in Cat Ba Island

3.1 Coming to Cat Ba Island and rent a kayak on your own 

Going kayaking on Cat Ba Island on your own is an amazing experience to discover the entire island. Nevertheless, if you want to do this by yourself, you should go with a group of people; otherwise, you must have detailed information about Cat Ba Archipelago. This helps to ensure tourists’ safety since Cat Ba Archipelago lies in the Gulf of Tonkin and the East Sea where there are a few waves suddenly crashing or limestone reefs might crash into your kayak. Moreover, you may get lost in a cave or on an isolated island. All those things can put tourists in danger. However, If you are an adventurous person, certainly that going kayaking on Cat Ba Island will bring an extraordinary experience for you. The price of renting a kayak depends on the number of tourists in your group.  Most service providers of the kayaking concentrate on Beo Harbour. 

* If you go with a large of people (>15 people), get to Beo Harbour to buy a ticket and then, hire boats to reach floating-house in Lan Ha Bay so as to go kayaking. Normally, the price for hiring boats from Beo Harbour to Lan Ha Bay is ranging from VND 1,000,000 – VND 4,000,000. At the floating-house in Lan Ha Bay, you can rent a double kayak with VND 50,000 – VND 100,000 and there is no limitation for using time. However, if you go with a large of tourists, the time for using a kayak will be limited due to the time of the tour package. 

* If you go with a small of people, hire a big kayak will cause waste. So from Beo Harbour, there are many fishers’ small boats transferring tourists to Lan Ha Bay. The price of a boat is VND 200,000 – 300,000. Please note that there is no life jacket for tourists in the boat of fishers. When reaching Lan Ha Bay, you can hire a kayak to visit the whole island. Otherwise, you can go around Beo Harbour and make an offer with a group of people to share a big boat. Of course, when getting the island, you freely discover the gulf by a kayak. 

3.2. Kayaking tour combined with other experiencing patterns on Cat Ba Island 

If going on kayaking is only one of the tourism experiences that you want to explore on Cat Ba Island, you should take part in a kayaking tour combined with other tourism activities such as swimming and scuba diving to watch coral reefs. Let’s spend a whole day on Cat Ba Island to enjoy various experiences and relax for relieving the pressures of a normal life. 

  • Kayaking tour 1 day on Cat Ba Island: 
  • Price: VND 350,000 – VND 700,000; depending on the attached services and activities. 
  • Several prestigious travel agents offering a kayaking tour: 
Travel agent  Contacts 
Cat Ba Express +84 84 824 4999
Du lich Canh Dieu (Kitetravel)  +84 038 999 8081
Goodmorning Cat Ba +84 914 607 571

Kayaking tour (2 days 1 night): If you have much time and want to go on a kayak, you should take part in some kayaking tours offered by travel companies or kayaking services on Cat Ba Island via hotels, homestays or hostels.

  • Price: VND 1,500,000 – VND 2,500,000 depending on the attached services and activities. 
  • Some prestigious travel companies: 
Travel agents  Contacts
Vietsense Travel +84 916 172 338 
Du lich Canh Dieu (Kitetravel)  +84 038 999 8081
Du lich Khat Vong Viet  +84 962 70 5533 – +84 934 507 489

3.3. How to rent a kayak on Cat Ba Island via Heritage Cruises – offering accommodations in the gulf 

Tourism on Cat Ba Archipelago has become trendy as the second heritage site in Northern Vietnam. Cat Ba Archipelago possesses a primitively natural beauty which is not less than Halong Bay. Finding the cruise that offers overnight accommodation on Cat Ba Island is quite easy since all of the cruises operating on Cat Ba Archipelago provide kayaking service to visit and contemplate the natural landscape around the gulf. They usually offer the kayaking service for free or if have, it’s only a little free so you don’t need to worry. You just need to choose the cruise that you like and enjoy your vacation. If you pick Heritage Cruises as your partner along the trip, you will probably have an unforgettable experience since we’ll help you go back with Vietnamese nautical stories of the early 20th century or you can touch completely the heritage.