Cat Ba National Park Vietnam travel guide

Exploring Cat Ba National Park Vietnam: A Detailed Guide

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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 National Park Vietnam entrance

 

About Cat Ba National Park

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. 

Cat Ba National Park view

 

Best places to stay in Cat Ba island

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. 

 

How to get to Cat Ba National Park

Getting to Cat Ba

From Hanoi

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

From Hai Phong

There 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 island

Cat Ba National Park jungle

Getting to the National Park from Cat Ba town

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. 

Cat Ba National Park hiking steps

 

Things to do in Cat Ba National Park

The routes

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

  • Ao Ech – Viet Hai village
  • May Bau – Quan Y Cave
  • Kim Giao – Me Con – Tung Di

The 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

Cat Ba National Park Vietnam Guide

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 fee

The ticket price for Cat Ba national park is 80,000 VND for adult and 60,000 VND for a child.

 

Cat Ba National Park road

 

Cat Ba National Park map

Below is the map of Kim Giao Forest – Ngu Lam Peak route. 

Cat Ba National Park map

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. 

 

What to pack

Below are some items that I highly recommend that you should have:

  • Water
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit

Cat Ba National Park peak hike

 

Cat Ba National Park Ngu Lam Peak Hike

Abandoned houses

I was fascinated to see the abandoned houses along the way to the hiking trails. These houses look a bit scary. 

Cat Ba National Park house

Cat Ba National Park houses

Hiking trails

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.

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park viewpoint

Cat Ba National Park Vietnam
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 Ngu Lam Peak

Cat Ba National Park Viewpoint

After hiking, taking pictures, and experiencing diversity, we finally got to the viewpoint. Although I feared of heights, it was a fantastic experience. 

Cat Ba National Park Vietnam

Cat Ba National Park hiking guide

 

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. 

 

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