Last updated:August 21, 2020With 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. About Cat Ba National ParkCat 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. Best places to stay in Cat Ba islandThe 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. How to get to Cat Ba National ParkGetting to Cat BaFrom HanoiThe 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. Book ticket to Cat Ba islandFrom Hai PhongThere are frequent ferries traveling from Hai Phong to Cat Ba island. You can book online ferry tickets here. >> Related articles: How to get from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba islandGetting to the National Park from Cat Ba townGetting 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. Things to do in Cat Ba National ParkThe routesFrom 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 includeAo Ech – Viet Hai villageMay Bau – Quan Y CaveKim Giao – Me Con – Tung DiThe short route with a visit time of 3 – 5 hours includes:Kim Giao – Ngu Lam Peak -> This is also the most accessible route which you can go by bike without a tour guide.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. Cat Ba National Park entrance feeThe ticket price for Cat Ba national park is 80,000 VND for adult and 60,000 VND for a child. Cat Ba National Park mapBelow 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. See alsoVietnam Travel GuideHa Tien to Phu Quoc Vietnam: Transport & Ticket Guide What to packBelow are some items that I highly recommend that you should have:WaterGood hiking shoesInsect repellentFirst aid kit Cat Ba National Park Ngu Lam Peak HikeAbandoned housesI was fascinated to see the abandoned houses along the way to the hiking trails. These houses look a bit scary. Hiking trailsThere 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.On the way, you will need to trek on rocks like this!There were several signs pointing us to Ngu Lam peak, so we didn’t get lost. Cat Ba National Park ViewpointAfter hiking, taking pictures, and experiencing diversity, we finally got to the viewpoint. Although I feared of heights, it was a fantastic experience. Is it dangerous to trek through Cat Ba National Park?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.