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  • Cat Ba Island

    Hai Phong is the largest port in northern Vietnam and serves the vital role of linking Hanoi with shipping routes in the East Sea. Though it is Vietnam’s third largest city with a population of two million, you would hardly realize it from the city’s relatively quiet, tree-lined streets and crumbling colonial buildings.

    The French colonized Hai Phong in 1874, converting it from a small market town into a major port. During the war the city was bombed repeatedly. A number of Hai Phong’s bridges were destroyed and rebuilt – a testament to the perseverance of Hai Phong’s citizens. Surprisingly, much of the French architecture survived the bombings and the city’s center retains its colonial charm. Notable points of interest include the 17th century Du Hang Pagoda and the Hang Kenh Communal House.

    Cat Ba is the largest island in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba langur. This golden-headed langur is rarely seen, as fewer than 60 specimens are thought to survive in the wild, although it is the subject of a well-organised conservation programme; the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Program, an international NGO that has its office at the National Park Head Quarters. The Park covers both land and marine areas and has a high biodiversity, although it is at risk from too rapid an increase in tourism. Other mammals in the Park include civet cats and oriental giant squirrels. Outside of Cat Ba town is a beautiful island with much to explore.

    DU HANG PAGODA
    Although recently restored, the pagoda’s origins date back to the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400). The pagoda has a beautiful Chinese-style garden with several inner courtyards and houses a number of Buddhist relics, including bronze urns, statues of the Buddha, bells, gongs, ancient prayer books and Buddhist scripts.

    HANG KENH COMMUNAL HOUSE
    Hang Kenh Communal House was built in 1856 and expanded in 1905. The communal house is famous for its valuable wooden dragon sculptures and remnants of Imperial Vietnam. The house has over 300 dragons of different shapes and sizes. From the 16th to 18th centuries, the house was used each Lunar New Year for celebrations and as a gathering point for Hai Phong’s citizens.

    DO SON BEACH
    An excursion to the beach resort town which is famous for its beaches, hills and quiet pine forests. Visit includes the former summer residence of Bao Dai King, the Do Son casino and do not miss the sunset before returning to Hai Phong.
    Distance: 25km south-east of Haiphong.

    Saigon to Hanoi (17D)

    Saigon to Hanoi (17D)

    17
    Days
    Saigon → Da Lat → Nha Trang → Quy Nhon → hoi An Da Nang → Hue → ninh Binh → Cat Ba Island → Hanoi
    As Vietnam opens its doors to welcome the world at large, many people have no idea of the stunning visual beauty and traditional culture that lie beyond the threshold. To many, the name Vietnam brings to mind only haunting images of a devastating war...
    Cat Ba Rock Climbing Adventure (3D)

    Cat Ba Rock Climbing Adventure (3D)

    3
    Days
    Cat Ba Island
    Spend three days exploring Cat Ba Island located in Northern Vietnam, a seaside collection of limestone formations, jade green waters and pristine beaches. Paddle kayaks in clear waters, go rock climbing with professional guides, and climb to the summit of a jungle-clad peak with...
    Halong Bay Cruise Trip 3D2N

    Halong Bay Cruise Trip 3D2N

    3
    Days
    Halong Bay → Bai Tu Long Bay
    Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. This cruise on a traditional junk takes you from main routes to the remote and beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay. You have a choice of boats for your cruise;...
    Au Co 2-Night Halong Bay Cruise

    Au Co 2-Night Halong Bay Cruise

    3
    Days
    Cat Ba Island → Halong Bay
    Discover the stunning beauty of Halong Bay– which is dotted with thousands of towering limestone karsts and tiny islands, with the elegant Au Co...
    Family Vietnam (12D)

    Family Vietnam (12D)

    12
    Days
    Hanoi → Cat Ba Island → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon
    Vietnam is a destination that offers points of interest for mums, dads and kids alike. In this tour that is specifically tailored to families, discover the country’s beauty through trips to famous islands, beach towns and urban landmarks. The kids will love the caving,...
    Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa

    Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa

    Half encircled by forest and overlooking the sea, this hillside resort offers tons of fun for the family, as well as providing for those with business. Catba Island Resort & Spa is situated on one of the largest islands in Halong Bay known as...
    Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

    Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

    A secluded and luxurious island retreat, this beautiful property is located on Catba Island in Ha Long Bay and nestled in a sandy cove. Visitors can explore the diverse fishing community of Catba Town just a short walk away or tour the must-see UNESCO...
    Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel

    Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel

    Ideal for fun and relaxation, Sea Pearl Hotel is located in the Cat Ba Town Beach area of Cat Ba Island. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Cat Ba...
    Cat Ba Beach Resort

    Cat Ba Beach Resort

    Built in 2013, Cat Ba Beach Resort is a distinct addition to Cat Ba Island and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city's main attractions such as...
    Monkey Island Resort

    Monkey Island Resort

    Sitting peacefully on Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay, Monkey Island Resort offers accommodation on an exclusive beach of the private island. Enjoy nature at its purest with the green hills as your backdrop and the blue sea just outside your doorstep. Outdoor...