Things to try out at Cat Ba Island – An eventful summer in Cat Ba!

Small, yet beautiful- Cat Ba is an island attracted by many local and foreign tourists especially during the summer. A sheltered bay and sandy coastlines make this island more attractive, and here is a list of things to try out if you make a visit.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island | Image Credit : Kris Martyn, Cat Ba island fishing village, CC BY-SA 4.0

A hike to the Cat Ba national park

Half of the Cat Ba island is covered by a thick jungle, and a hike will surely expose you to a variety of flora and fauna. The hike will not take more than 2 hours to complete, but that’s depending on your physical fitness.

A swim in the Cat Ba beach

Cat Ba has some beaches which you can visit for an evening swim followed by a short nap on the sands. If you ever wonder about places for accommodation in Haiphong, note that this should not pose as an issue at all, due to the numerous hotel options in the area. Somerset Central TD Hai Phong City is one such hotel that is in high demand by visitors to Cat Ba and if you are considering a long stay, this will be a good choice.

Going on a cruise

From Cat Ba, you may start cruises to hundreds of islets and beaches in the Lan Hay Bay. These cruises can either be of a single day or can go for 2-3 days based on your preferences.

A trip to Cat Ba hospital cave

Although it’s all dark and damp, the Cat Ba hospital cave is a place to visit if you want to explore the Vietnamese history. This will just be a tour of 30 minutes, so it’s quick and quite worthwhile.

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All you need to know before travelling to Haiphong city – Things to know

From your visa to making sure your accommodation in Haiphong is booked, there are quite a number of things to know before travelling to this city in Vietnam. Haiphong is considered to be one of the most developed cities along the coast that is also covered with natural heritage sites and breath-taking landscapes. Before heading to Vietnam, make sure your visa is printed or there’s a high chance you’ll be turned away when you land at the airport. Double check all your information and your accommodation details too along with the arrival forms.

When travelling around using the train, buy your ticket at the train station, rather than through a travel agent. Always keep your luggage and other belongings close to you while travelling, especially during overnight trips. If you’re staying at a hotel closer to the airport such as Somerset Central TD Hai Phong City, it’ll only be a 5 minute cab drive, however getting around the city is most convenient by bus or train. However, if you’re planning to rent a motorbike or scooter or any other mode of transport, be aware that traffic accidents are the most common cause of death among tourists. Drive safely and always keep your tank full to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere!

When you’re shopping, whether it’s for souvenirs or even food, always remember to bargain. Like most South Asian countries, vendors generally hike up their prices, so haggling isn’t really an issue as compared to other developed countries where it’s strictly advised against. Vendors also almost always want to make a sale, so if you’re prepared to walk away, they might just settle for the price you want for! Don’t be hesitant to walk away without buying anything, because more often than not, you’ll be able to buy your product at your asking price.


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