Shore Excursions in Lan Ha bay and Cat Ba Island

(Updated: 3/30/2018 11:25:40 PM)

Sitting on the periphery of Vietnam’s fabulous Halong Bay, the rugged and scenic Cat Ba Island, which covers a total area of 350 square kilometres, is a must-visit destination should not be missed out on any Halong Bay cruises. This is a perfect getway to venture off the beaten like no Other and stay away from crowded area of Halong bay

Being the largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba has a half serving as a dedicated national park, home to both marine life and mammals encompassing the endangered Cat Ba langur (also known as the golden-headed langur), civet cats and Oriental giant squirrels. The park provides a wide range of organised treks or bike rides, and in 2004, it was recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere reserve of the world. The eastern section of the island is home to several beaches worthy of exploration, fishing villages and a small town that tends to get crowded on weekends and public holidays. You will find here a collection of hotels, bars and restaurants.

Not just swimming and eating at a seafood place around the harbour, visitors to the island should also make a trip to explore. From the town center, visitors can walk or hire a taxi to get to one of these three beaches. If you do not bring a swimsuit, you can rent at the store in beach services. Cat Ba Island consists of 3 beaches concentrated most tourists Cat Co 1, 2 and 3, due to its clear water and is located near the town center. In particular, Cat Co 1 beach broader whole, almost three sides surrounded by rocky mountains. Cat Co 2 beach and 3 smaller but quite peaceful. The beaches are connected by a small road along the mountainside. It is also advisable to visit the historical evidence which is kept to this day. However, remember that you will have to buy tickets at this site as well as service charges if you use the observatory for sightseeing.

Lan Ha Bay
Located in the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay belongs to Cat Ba islands area. In comparison with Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is les known, however, it is still considered as one of the most stunning bays in Vietnam. It is home to about 400 islets and hundreds of small beaches. Especially, all islands and islets in Lan Ha Bay are covered in lush green vegetation.

With myriad beautiful sandy beaches sitting between two majestic stone mountains, Lan Ha Bay is the paradise for tourists to go swimming, sunbathing or having a picnic. Aside from swimming, rock climbing, hiking and kayaking are the most popular activities in Lan Ha Bay. Especially, in some big beaches, local people has invested to build some bungalows where you can come to stay overnight such as Monkey Island Resort, Sandy Beach Resort, Castaway bungalow, Cove Beach bungalow. Admiring the sunset here is so wonderful and especially it offers an opportunity to enjoy the romantic evening walking on the beach or lying on a long chair to see the moon on the sea. Breath in cool air from the ocean also brings visitors glorious feelings.

It is highly recommended to visit Lan Ha Bay in autumn in which the weather is extremely pleasant with sunshine, cool breezes, and blue sky and ocean. This bay is also an ideal destination to dodge the the crowds of Halong Bay and those looking to venture off-the-beaten-track will find a natural playground ripe for exploring. Like the rest of Halong Bay, the best way to get around Lan Ha Bay is by boat and you will have a chance to marvel at hundreds of mounts with different forms such as Hon Guoc, Hon Doi, etc. If you prefer to explore indigenous culture and daily life of fishermen, it is worth visiting the Cai Beo floating village, one of the oldest of its kind in Vietnam. Sails of Indochina offers authentic cruises and shore excursions for fellow travellers to like to venture off the beaten paths and go beyond the ordinary. Contact us for more detailsIndochine Junk

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