With majestic natural scenery and a rich and diverse forest ecosystem, Cat Ba National Park is an exciting destination to visit in Vietnam.
This article is a complete travel guide to Cat Ba National Park with insider tips to make the best of your trekking day.
Cat Ba island is located in the south of Ha Long, about 30 km from Hai Phong.
UNESCO has recognized cat Ba National Park as a world biosphere reserve with a rich and unique landscape.
According to UNESCO, the area includes tropical humid forests, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reef ecosystem types.
The tourism industry is quite developed in Cat Ba so that you can spot several hotels along the coast in Cat Ba town.
I recommend staying at Cat Ba Oasis Bungalows. The food at the cafe is tasty, and the service is superb. I love the pool there!
If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, Cat Ba Sunrise Resort is a great choice. It’s located in Cat Co 3, so you can walk from the resort to the beach.
The easiest way to travel from Hanoi to Cat Ba is by bus. Daily buses are departing from Hanoi, and the journey takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.
You can book online bus tickets here.
There are frequent ferries traveling from Hai Phong to Cat Ba island. You can book online ferry tickets here.
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Getting to Cat Ba National Park is very easy.
We rent a scooter from our hotel, and the road trip was fantastic. Following Nui Ngoc street back to the middle Cat Ba road, the beautiful scenery opened in front of our eyes.
If you cannot ride a bike, you can hire a local bike driver for a day.
From the center of Cat Ba National Park, you can choose one of 4 courses to explore the flora and fauna system.
The long routes with a visit time of 5-8 hours include
The short route with a visit time of 3 – 5 hours includes:
This article focuses mainly on trekking to Ngu Lam Peak.
Besides trekking to the peak, there are a few caves that you can visit in Cat Ba National Park such as Cannon fort, Hospital cave, and Trung Trang Cave.
The ticket price for Cat Ba national park is 80,000 VND for adult and 60,000 VND for a child.
Below is the map of Kim Giao Forest – Ngu Lam Peak route.
Follow the main road in the garden, and you will reach the climb point to Kim Giao forest and Ngu Lam peak.
Please carefully look up the directions on the map.
Below are some items that I highly recommend that you should have:
I was fascinated to see the abandoned houses along the way to the hiking trails. These houses look a bit scary.
There are two hiking trails that you can choose to get to Ngu Lam Peak: a long and short one.
We chose the longer trail. On the way, we saw several insects and different trees.
There were several signs pointing us to Ngu Lam peak, so we didn’t get lost.
After hiking, taking pictures, and experiencing diversity, we finally got to the viewpoint. Although I feared of heights, it was a fantastic experience.
Yes. Therefore I suggest you go trekking with a travel partner or a local guide. You may get lost or fall when hiking in the jungle.
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