There’s something primeval about Cat Ba a ferry from Haiphong or Halong City. If you are traveling independently, the hydrofoil from Haiphong is by far the most convenient rest of the year.
￼￼Island. Emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay like an overgrown version of the thousands of limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the ocean, the island is an adventurer’s paradise of craggy jungle-clad peaks, freshwater swamps and coastal mangrove forests. Just 50 kilometres from the booming northern port of Haiphong, the island is a popular destination for Vietnamese tourists.
At other times of the year, however, it makes a marvelously peaceful alternative to joining the steady flow of traffic headed directly from Hanoi to the interchangeable tour boats that patrol large swathes of Halong Bay.
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The karst-studded waters and the verdant hills that slope down into the sea are so beautiful that you would be forgiven for opting to spend your entire time here just marvelling at the stunning scenery, but those who eschew the life of a lotus-eater are equally well catered for.