Considered the precious gems in the waters of northern Vietnam, Cat Ba Island (Hai Phong), Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh) both possess magnificent natural scenery.
Located about 30 km from Hai Phong city center and 25 km from Ha Long city (Quang Ninh), Cat Ba islands recently are gaining growing interest among tourists. That is due to its hundreds of pristine islands distinguished by their untouched beauty. Photo: Tran Quy.
Cat Ba is attracting more and more domestic and international tourists thanks to its cool climate, sandy beaches, good services, and many exciting activities. For those who love the sea and/or forest, Cat Ba will be an ideal ecotourism destination. The weather is pleasant, the air is fresh all year round, so you can visit Cat Ba at any time. Summer is the peak tourist season – many local people come here to escape the heat. Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
On weekends, Cat Ba welcomes huge numbers of tourists from the surrounding areas. As the archipelago is formed from continuous limestone mountains, the overview look is so mesmerizing. It is the scenery filled with different shades of green from the mountains to the sea. Hundreds of mountains of different shapes and sizes intertwine with mysterious caves, all harmonize into a breathlessly beautiful Cat Ba.
Photo: Tran Quy.
The island’s beauty is also from pristine, excluded bays that enclose small fine white-sand beaches. The high salinity allows the water to be even clearer. Take a look. Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
If you want to have a panoramic view of Cat Ba, head up to The Fortress Gunner at 177 m high. This is not only the historical site that marked glorious victories of the people on the island but also possesses a prime location with three sides facing the sea. Looking down from above, Cai Beo Bay is so amazing with rocky mountains and green water that also reflects the deep blue sky. Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
The fishing village is the home of about 300 households with more than 600 inhabitants. The busy working life of the fishing village in the background of poetic nature is such a beauty: colorful houseboats nestled to each other between the green water; boats going towards the sea. Under the flycam, the whole village appears like a lively, harmonious picture of nature and people. Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
Going only 170 km west of Hanoi, you will be immersed in the vast space and charming natural scenery of Ha Long City, the paradise of Quang Ninh. CNN has listed it among the 25 most beautiful tourist destinations on the planet. Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
Spread over an area of 1,553 km2, Halong Bay is home to 1,969 islands. Visitors can contemplate the beautiful scenery and experience many luxurious and classy services here. Thousands of undulating rocky mountains, many beautiful caves, large sea sailing boats with clear blue water … all create a vivid picture of one in top 7 World Natural Wonders.
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Besides the typical activities like exploring caves, enjoying fresh seafood, you can also participate in many exciting different experiences such as swimming, diving, kayaking … Watching the sunrise on the sea is something you shouldn’t miss when in the bay.
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From the distance, Ha Long Bay looks like a majestic, large and peaceful watercolor painting. On this charming painting, hundreds and thousands of boats leisurely travel on the vast blue sea, looming behind the rocky mountains, stretching like a strong wall that protects the mainland.
Photo: Nguyen Tuan.
During your trip to this famous tourist destination, you also can visit fishing villages to witness the life of locals. Or leave the mountains and the sea for a while to dive deep into the culture. There are numerous exciting activities like adrenaline-rush adventure activities, beautiful art galleries, traditional art shows, puppet shows, music performances …
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