Cat Ba

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Top Descriptions

Cat Ba may be the biggest island in the Cat Ba archipelago, but with an official population of less than 20,000 inhabitants it is still by no means over populated. Unfortunately, as almost all accommodation and restaurants are concentrated in the town it can sometimes feel crowded. The expanding clutter of hotels that pollute the waterfront also makes for a construction site feel at the ground level. However, once out of the lively town the island is dominated by sheer limestone cliffs, sub-tropical jungle, and wonderfully lush farms. There is also a national park, which on a clear day offers fantastic views across the island. Similarly, there are a few viewpoints dotted around which offer those archetypal limestone-karst views. If you can overlook the tacky lights and karaoke vibe of Cat Ba town, Cat Ba island has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, as almost all accommodation is concentrated in the town it can, for a moment, feel crowded. The expanding clutter of hotels that pollute the water front also makes for a construction site feel at the ground level. – Sarah
 
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Top Tips

Spending a few days here is a good alternative to the more populated and popular Ha Long Bay town.
Do make an effort to explore the island as it has a beautiful interior.
At times in the year the temperature can fluctuate quite dramatically. Spring can still have some cold, wet and misty days.
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:
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Port(s):Cat Ba port
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Environment type:archipelago
Location type:rural, town
 
Religion type:Buddhism

What can we see or do there?

Events:Ho Chi Minh Festival, 1st of April
 
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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Average daily budget:VND655,000

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:6 nights
High season:June to September
Low season:
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, Vietnamese
Timezone:UTC+07:00
Country calling code:84

How can we get there?

Coordinates:20.81068, 106.99705
Geographical feature:Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Bay

The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:7
Travel time to attractions:20 minutes
Travel time to next location:1 hour
 
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Local Availability

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Beer (multinational)500ml
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Beer (national)500ml
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Fizzy drink1 litre
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Fruit juice1 litre
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Gin (multinational)1 litre
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Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litre
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Vodka (national)1 litre
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Water1 litre
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Whisky (multinational)1 litre
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Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottle
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Almonds100g
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Bananas1kg
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Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 bar
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Honey1 jar
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Peanuts100g
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Nail clippers1 set
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Batteries4-pack
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Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-pack
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Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litre
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Internet1 hour
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Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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