Discover the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Cat Ba Island on this 3-day adventure. Trek through the tropical forest of Cat Ba National Park, visit the ancient Viet Hai Village, kayak in Lan Ha Bay, and explore Cat Ba town. Enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, and professional guides. Book now and experience the best of Cat Ba Island.
Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba Island.
15:00: Our shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Transfer to Cat Ba Island. Arrival in Cat Ba town at about 18:00, our driver will drop you off at your hotel in Cat Ba town. Check in hotel, and stay overnight in Cat Ba.
If your hotel is situated outside Hanoi Old Quarter, our driver will pick you up at the bus stop (to be confirmed).
Day 2: Cat Ba Island – Cat Ba National Park – Viet Hai Village – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island.
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Our tour guide and a bus will pick you up at your hotel in Cat Ba town. Transfer to Cat Ba national park.
9:00 AM: Arrive at the National Park, and start trekking. Along the trail through the tropical forest, you will be immersed in nature and see some mammals such as mink, squirrels, monkeys, birds, and many butterflies. If you are lucky, you may also see the yellow-headed langur, one of the rarest animals in the world. You will climb over three mountains: Ang Vat, May Bau, and Ang Phay.
11:30 AM: After 2.5 hours of trekking (about 6 kilometers), you will stop at Frog Pond. This is the largest freshwater lake in the middle of the National Park. From the bottom of the pond, thousands of Va Nuoc trees reach up. This species is only found in the Frog Ponds and nowhere else on Cat Ba Island. There are many types of fish and crabs in the pond. You will take a 30-minute rest here.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Continue trekking from Frog Pond up the last mountain, Doc Dai, to Viet Hai Village (4 kilometers). This is a small, ancient village of about 100 local families.
1:00 PM: Have lunch and take a rest at Viet Hai Village. Experience fish massage your feet in the cool stream flowing from Cat Ba primeval forest.
2:00 PM: Free to explore the lives of the people in the village. Take a 5-kilometer bicycle ride to Viet Hai Harbor. Board a boat to explore Lan Ha Bay. Stop at a floating home for kayaking and discover the beauty of Lan Ha Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Enjoy a great time immersing yourself in the clear blue water of Lan Ha Bay.
4:00 PM: The boat will take you back to Cai Beo Wharf. You can visit the Cai Beo Fishing Floating Village on the way back. This village was formed hundreds of years ago, associated with the process of ancient Cat Ba residents moving from the forest to the sea to find food from the ocean.
5:00 PM: Arrive at Cai Beo Wharf. A car will take you back to Cat Ba town, and drop you off your hotel. Stay for another night in Cat Ba.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Hanoi.
Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. Following your meal, set aside the morning for a self-guided exploration of Cat Ba town. This charming coastal town offers a host of intriguing sites to discover, including the vibrant Cat Ba Market and the historic Cat Ba Cannon Fort.
As the clock approaches 11:00 AM, it’s time to return to your hotel to complete the check-out process.
At about 12:00 PM, our bus driver will be ready to pick you up directly from your hotel. We’ll commence our journey back to Hanoi, ensuring your comfort and convenience throughout the ride.
Anticipate our arrival in Hanoi at around 3:00 PM. Our driver will either drop you off at your hotel within the Old Quarter or at the designated bus stop. This marks the conclusion of our memorable trip.
Cat Ba tours
Hiking Vietnam specializes in tailor-made trekking and hiking vacations in Vietnam. We offer the widest selection of day walks, jungle trekking, mountain hiking, trekking homestays, camping and wildlife discovery in northern Vietnam. With a dedicated team of senior travel consultants, hiking tour specialists, experienced English-speaking tour leaders, local H’mong, Thai, Tay guides, cooks, porters, we can design any trekking, hiking, walking option for any age and budget. Cat Ba national park trekking trip 3 days is only an example that can be further customized to suit your personal needs.. Just follow this itinerary or contact us for designing your own adventure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels
There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.
There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.
Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Local porter(s)
- Sightseeing entrance fees.
- Bottled water.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Visa (required)
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Accommodation pre/post trip.
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
When to hike
The north Vietnam experiences two distinct seasons; winter and summer. Winter is cool, dry and lasts from November to April. Temperatures range between 15 to 25°C during the day and 0 to 10°C during the night. With little rain, the winter season offers the most pleasant weather conditions for trekking in Vietnam. Read more about Vietnam weather.
During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.
Campsites and lodges are not common in Vietnam, instead we make use of homestays; staying the night in tribal villages along the way. Facilities are clean, but very basic. Travelers share a bamboo-slat floor, separated by curtains. Animals usually sleep under the house and restrooms and showers are often absent. Water sources are available outside. Mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are taken care of.
Over the years Lotussia Travel has established a number of projects to upgrade home stay accommodation into a bit more comfort. Basic facilities aside, spending the night in a tribal village and enjoying a meal with the locals brings travellers unforgettable cross-cultural experiences. In the past 15 years of organizing trekking by this way, we never received a complaint.
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
- 1 medium-sized backpack.
- Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
- 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
- 1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
- 1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
- 1 medium-sized towel.
- 1 medium-sized dry bag.
- Hiking poles/walking sticks
We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.