Cat Ba Island which includes 367 islands, located in the south of Halong. It has been recognized as the world biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Many tourists have to affirm that it is the most beautiful and romantic island when they come to the area.
Cat Ba Island includes 367 islands located in the south of Halong. It is about 30 kilometers far from the center of Haiphong and has been recognized by UNESCO as the world biosphere reserve. The area is approximately 300km2 and population in 2005 is 27.827 people. Cat Ba Island has other small islands such as: Cat Ong Islet, Cat Duoi Islet, May Islet, Quai Xanh Islet and Tai Keo Islet… and also known as Ngoc Island, which is the biggest island of the total 1969 islands in Halong Bay. It is a beautiful and romantic island, which situated on 70 meters above the sea level. Previously, the Island was belongs to Quang Yen province, then belongs to Hong Quang and in 1956 it was a part of Haiphong city.
Ca Ba Island is situated in the tropical monsoon, the ocean impacts on the average of temperature, humidity and rainfall. However, in the winter, it is not as cold as mainland and in the summer, it is absolutely cool. The average temperature is about 25-280C. In May and June, the monsoon blows strongly. The heavy rain storms usually occur in July, August, and September.
Because of the limestone structure, Cat Ba is created by the heaven with spectacular views. The area of forest is more than 17300 hectares. In the jungle, there has the ancient varan Komodo and chamois. Cat Ba beach has many shrimp, crabs… Cat Ba National Park is regarded as a natural museum which preserves the divers vegetation and species of herbs. Cat Ba not only has the various herbs but also reserves the rare animals having in the Red List of Threatened Species. Hundreds of odd mountains combine with mysterious caves, which create the wonderful views of Cat Ba. This island has many bays with smooth sand and sparkling coral colonies. Cat Ba is a natural masterpiece of Vietnam. Cat Ba forest has many rare woods such as Lat Hoa, Kim Giao, Dinh and Goi Nep… Especially, there have over three dozen species of rare bird such as Eagles, Da Da, Cu Gay, and Nightingale… According to the latest survey of an international organization, the Cat Ba National Park has 200 the white headed langur.
Festival of the Cat Ba people likes festival of Kinh people in other areas; moreover, it has festival on April 1st to inaugurate touring season and "Den Ba" festival - one of the major festivals of the local people.
Having many spots for tourists such as: the road across Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Trung Trang cave, Hung Son cave, Phu Long cave and the beaches such as: Cat Co I, Cat Co II, Cat Dua, Cat Ong, Duong Dan, Cat Ba is an ideal place for visitors to swim, relax, take sunbathing and enjoy the fresh air blowing from the ocean. At night, Cat Ba Island is more beautiful, sparkling than the day. Tourists have opportunities to sight views of beach and enjoy dried squid on the sidewalk.
In brief, Cat Ba Island is exciting spot for visitors. A journey to Cat Ba will help you soak into nature and forget the hard works, worries of day life.
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On the island, there has a tropical forest. This is a pristine forest that is one of the biggest national parks of Vietnam. The planned area is about 15.200 hectare. Cat Ba’s forest is recognized as national park from the date of May 23th 1983.
Cat Ba National Park has 20 mammal species, 69 bird species, 20 reptile species and amphibians. The rare animals such as: chamois, cao cat, kingfisher, bile, yellow monkey… Besides, this island has “yen” birds, turtle, which is preserved. The vegetation in the temporary table has 149 families, including 250 herbs. On this island, it has mangrove ecosystems; in the limestone, there has lakes, streams, groundwater, mineral water, which have ability to treat disease, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
Cat Ba Islands has been recognized as the World biosphere reserve given in the conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held in Hanoi. At the meeting of the council to coordinate programs about people and the biosphere held in Paris on October 29th 2004, the organizers said that UNESCO had formally recognized the Cat Ba is the World biosphere Reserve. With this decision, Vietnam has 4 biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO, there are: Can Gio mangrove biosphere, the Cat Tien Biosphere Reserve, the Red River Delta biosphere Reserve and the the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve.
Coming to the Cat Ba national park, tourists can try experiencing the feeling of walking in the forest, biking and immersing in nature in order to see rare animals. In addition, visitors will also taste natural produce such as: wild honey, pink tea…
Visiting the large beach of Cat Co, which is separated by a small range of mountain, you can swim in the blue and warm water and you can see the golden sand beach. The white-sand Cat Co beaches make a great place to lounge around for the day. They are about 1 km southeast from Cat Ba town over a steep headland; and can be reached on foot or by motorbike.
Cat Ba is the biggest island (100 sq. km) out of the 366 islands on the Lan Ha Bay. It is a tourist spot, attractive for its natural beauty and wonders endowed by nature. Right from the moment you set foot on Cat Ba gang way, looking afar to contemplate the enchanting scenery of immense sky and magnificent mountains and breathing the fresh air from the sea, you will feel comfortable and your tiredness after a long trip will disappear. Surely, you want to go on with your journey at once.
Cat Co Beach is separated by a small hillock that can be climbed over in about 20 minutes. However, you can take the easier route along a new wooden seaside walkway around the mountain. The beach offers simple accommodation and camping.
The mountain adjacent to Cat Co Beach has a tunnel and fascinating caves and grottoes, such as Hang Luon, Khe Sau, Trung Trang, Gia Luan and Kim Cuong. Visiting these caves and grottoes you will get the feeling of the explorers, discovering the wonders and mysteries endowed by nature. The fauna living on the Cat Ba National Park is diverse: 20 kinds of animals, 69 kinds of birds, 20 kinds of reptiles, rare wild white - headed langurs. Coming out of the caves and grottoes you should spend a little time to contemplate the sunset over Lan Ha Bay. On the golden background of the horizon and the dark blue of the sea, the heaving islets become multiform, the white sea-gulls hover and sea-eagles make circles in the sky, all beautifying the immense and fascinating space, and enchanting the visitors.
Cat Co Beach is a tourist spot, attractive for its natural beauty and wonders endowed by nature.
Here, you can enjoy more attractive services:
- Renting chairs, umbrella, swim buoys and eating dinner on the beach with a various menu prepared by skilled chefs; activities and sports on the beach…
- Walking and watching the beach on Cat Tien bridge
- Conquering Hai Thanh, panoramic resort and Thot Islet, Guoc Islet
- Visiting the Lan Ha Bay, exploring hundreds of islands by kayak or cruise ship
- Buying souvenirs
Viet Hai village is considered as 'isolated paradise', it is located between the valley and surrounded by high mountains and jungle. So that people still retain the wild character of the ancient past. In the village, there have only a few bikes, several bicycles. Viet Hai people still retain 'primitive' of the ancient. The communes have more than a dozen old Chinese motorbikes. The house open throughout the day, nobody steals furniture so that the village had only two guards. Viet Hai is almost clear with all kinds of social evils.
Some stilt houses, several restaurants serving tourists are opened recently. Foreigners come here after visiting jungle and they will have opportunity to enjoy foods that people grow. Many elders’ village and young are volunteers to guide for tourists. The elders’ village chooses boys and girls and helps them update English by sending them to the Cat Ba.
Located in the east Cat Ba Island, it is look out of the Great Wall, near to Halong Bay. The bay has 7000 hectares width, in which has 5400 hectares belonging to the area of management of Cat Ba National Park. This landscape has not only beautiful view but also the unique distinctions. The limestone in here is quite thick that divide the sea into small bay. Many small bays have not been discovered. Moreover, there have hundreds of mountains with different shape depending on the imagination of tourists such as: Guoc Islet and Doi Islet…
Unlike Halong, Lan Ha Bay has 139 beautiful small sands. It is really ideal beach for tourists, under the clear blue water; visitors will have opportunities to see the colorful coral. With a small boat, you can visit the caves and relaxing on the beaches such as: Cat Dua, Bai Cat… Especially, visitors can enjoy the place where makes the pearl. Special foods in here are: green mussel, snout otter, crab…
This bay also includes the small islands rising above the sea with many cave systems. It is similar to Halong Bay. Howerver, many tourists consider that visiting Lan Ha Bay is more interesting than Halong Bay by Lan Ha Bay still keeps the original scene. During this time, tourists can also visit fishing village or a kaya trip on the beautiful bay of Haiphong. The fishing villages are a tranquil sea to live as separate from the rest of the world.
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