Best Tips To Have A Great Tour In Cat Ba Island & Ha Long Bay
Where to stay in Ha Long Bay or Cat Ba?
For a trip to Ha Long Bay I would recommend to stay on a boat. I had a fantastic experience with Indochina Sails in Ha Long Bay! On Cat Ba we stayed at Lepont Bungalow and Hostel after it was recommended to us by a friend. We had such a great experience there! It was a perfect location and the rooms look over the water. It’s definitely one of the best moderately priced hotels on the island
How to get to Ha Long Bay?
How to get to Cat Ba?
From Hanoi you can take the train to Hai Phong. Go to Ga Hanoi, which is Hanoi’s train station. There you will be able to buy tickets at the window for Hai Phong. This is around a two hour journey and it is very pleasant. When you arrive in Hai Phong there will be many different drivers trying to sell you tickets to get on the ferry to Cat Ba. We fell for the scheme and ended up over paying for the taxi to the pier which was only about 5 minutes away not 20 as the driver was saying!
At the pier or at the train station you can buy tickets for the slow boat or the “hydrofoil” speed boat. We opted for the faster one, it was around 200.000 VND and we got there in about an hour. When you get to Cat Ba island you can either rent motorbikes from vendors around the pier or take a taxi to your hotel. The island even has open air taxis that run on a loop around the island.