Home to Cat Ba National Park is the largest island in Halong Bay covering an area of more than 350 square kilometers. Cat Ba Island is actually comprised of 366 islets and islands and is home to a variety of forested zones, coastal mangrove, freshwater swamps, beaches, caves and waterfalls. The island is also home to more than 20,000 residents who main source of income is fishing and farming, although tourism is becoming an increasingly profitable way to make a living and many hotels and restaurants...
The final trailer of Kong: Skull Island has hit the internet and surely it makes people crazy about Kong. What we’ve known and excited about the movie are monsters and explosions. According to Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, he was inspired by “Apocalypse Now” – an epic movie about the Vietnam wars, you can see the inspiration quite clearly in Kong: Skull Island from the time frame, which is also set in the 1970s and the very first poster of the movie released – giant gorilla in the sunset.
Cat Ba Island is the final filming location of Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam. Prior to this, scenes were shot in Quang Binh, Ninh Binh and Quang Ninh. Now, let's explore this "magical" landscape to know why director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brought the production to the South-east Asian nation. Cat Ba is the largest of the 367 islands spanning 260 km2 (100 sq mi) that comprise the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam.
Lying south and east of Cat Ba Town, Over 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay and have the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. Due to being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning Lan Ha Bay has a more isolated appeal. Sailing and kayak trips here are best organised in Cat Ba Town.
Take a traditional Chinese fishing junk around the Cat Ba area to experience the beauty and tranquility of the ocean sights surrounding the island and Ha Long Bay area. These junks were built in Van Don and in the picturesque fishing port of Cai Rong. They operate throughout the Bay of Along, from the waves of Bai Tu Long, to the Quan Lan Islands, and even on the shoals of Bach Long Vi Islet in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf.
Sailing and kayak trips here are best organised in Cat Ba Town. Geologically, Lan Ha is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province of Vietnam. Around 200 species of fish, 500 species of mollusc, 400 species of arthropod, and numerous hard and soft coral live in the waters here, while larger marine animals in the area include seals and three species of dolphin.
Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islands. The region draws scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers, the latter favoring mountainous Cát Bà National Park.
Nestled on the periphery of Vietnam's fabulous Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is big -- more than 350 square kilometres -- but most tourists see but a sliver of it. Put ashore as part of a three-day tour of Ha Long Bay, time is spent on organised treks or bike rides in the national park and tours of Monkey Island, or eating at one of the many seafood places around the harbour.
While cruising a boat ride early in the morning on Mekong Delta, in the southern Vietnam, I could already feel the natural beauty of it. The rivers in the south, coast line that is more than 3000 kilometers, the central highlands, the grottoes that emerge like a dragon from the seas at Halong Bay and the northern mountains rocketing towards the sky makes Vietnam a naturally beautiful country.
In the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, nestling in a green setting, between two beautiful waterfalls, our Ecolodge “Les Bains de Hieu” will convince you to live in harmony with the nature. Mr. Sy and his wife Thuan, the owners of this place, will to do their best to ensure you an unforgettable stay combining comfort with authenticity.