Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Alu-Poo
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka524 contributions
If you are staying on Cat Ba Island for a couple of days this is definitely worth a visit to get an impression of the forest on the steep rocks. We took a taxi to the park. We chose the path to climb Ngu Lam peak - which is what most people do. The path is excellent, all done with rocks and concrete. There were no leeches. However, it is going up quite a bit, involving many stairs. I would not recommend sandals, but huge hiking boots are not necessary. There is a small building on top from which you have a phantastic 360 degree view. The path goes a little bit further from there to another peak where you also have a nice view. Then it goes back down more or less the same way. Just follow the arrows, no map needed. We didn't see many animals, certainly not the famous monkeys. The forest is too dense and the birds to shy. The few birds we saw were at the bottom near the houses - the ones that used to people. The park entrance ticket is also valid for a cave 1 km down the road. Tell your taxi (if it is also taking you back) in advance that you will also see the cave. Ours tried to get more money for that. The cave has some nice spots in it and is worth a visit. It won't take long at all. The entire trip tooks us about 4.5 hours.
Written 27 July 2022
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Mel B
Perth, Australia22 contributions
Couples
The view from the top is amazing.
Getting to the top ... phew.
As a background on me, I'm not an overly fit person so if you are, and planning to do this hike then go for it. However.. I struggled, the first leg of the hike was the hardest, due to fending off the mosquito's rather unsuccessfully. Once you get higher it gets cooler but you are already three layers deep from your own sweat that doesn't evaporate because it's a jungle.
Basically I'm saying, it's not leisurely walk, it's hard work and honestly if I had heeded warnings about gyming before coming to vietnam i may have a differnt opinion. The view is spectacular at the peak and worth it but honestly as a representative of the less athletic types, I was just sat there with my inhaler, smiling briefly at the view and looking down at my impending return trek.
Don't be like me.
Be fitter 😂
Written 2 July 2022
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Michael
Miami, FL381 contributions
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Had a good time in Cát Bà with our friends we had a lovely trekking, biking and kayaking tours with Blue Swimmer Adventures. Overral we enjoyed our time here very much
Written 21 April 2020
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Vivian B
Calgary, Canada43 contributions
We spent 3 days on Cat Ba Island & loved it there. We hiked up to the lookout area at Cat Ba National Park.The forest (jungle) is gorgeous. The climb is fairly strenuous, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a physical disability. We enjoyed it & felt like we deserved our nice cold drink at the end! Take a bottle of water, sunscreen & mosquito spray.
Written 16 March 2020
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Barbara W
Jersey, UK75 contributions
Our guide Luu, took us to the National Park and trek to the peak, they said it was easy! Let’s say it was challenging in parts, but we made in and lovely view at the top.
Written 14 March 2020
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Beth
Bristol, UK949 contributions
Couples
I was promised this was a nice easy walk. Lies! Hundreds and thousands of steep slippery stairs! At one point it's no more than jumbled rocks tou have to clamber over. Nice views from the top but I wouldn't say it was worth the clamber up. Other than that we couldnt find any of the other stuff to do here, butterfly area etc was non existent. I think it was 80,000 dong to visit too.
Written 8 March 2020
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Jerome B
Columbia, MD993 contributions
Visited Cat Ba Island as part of a cruise on Halong Bay - very interesting a picturesque. Clearly catering to tourists but still pretty good.
Written 1 March 2020
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Pieter S
Zenderen, The Netherlands54 contributions
Couples
It is a nice hike to the top of the mountain. It is quite sporty with a climb that takes around 45 minutes to get up and 30 minutes to get back down.

Be careful, there are almost no bars to hold on to and it can be very slippery.

When we went back around 16:00 ‘o clock it was getting pretty dark on the road back. I would recommend not going up after 15:00 or 15:30 at the latest.
Then you have the time to go up, make some pictures and get back safely with still some light in the forest.

When we got back at the reception around 16:30 we saw some tourist going up, which I thought was very irresponsible from the park and it looked like they were just after the money. If this wouldn’t have happened, totally 5 stars.

Besides that I can totally recommend! Such a nice view!! Be aware that the platform on the top is not the actual top... the mountain (that is in the way of your panaroma view) is the real top!

Enjoy!!
Written 3 February 2020
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Luuk H
Leiden, The Netherlands103 contributions
Couples
We drove to the park by motorbike (25min from cat ba town). Easy hike (steps, just the final bit is somewhat steep and slippery when wet) to the viewpoint. Took us around 40min. Great 360 view, probably even better with clear skies. With entrance ticket (80000) you also get access to the nearby cave.
Written 21 January 2020
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Frans R
Siem Reap, Cambodia73 contributions
Couples
By your own :

Entrance : 80K
Just follow maps.me itinerary.
Trekking of 8km : hike / trail shoes - water - Something to eat. +/- 3h

Sleep in Viet Hai Village (Khanh Ngoc Homestay - friendly / good food / right location on google maps) for 10/20$

Way back by boat : walk 4km to the pier and take the boat to Ben Beo (Cat Ba tourist harbour) for 50K
Written 18 January 2020
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