Day 3: Exploring Cat Ba Island itself
Cat Ba Island itself has plenty of beautiful nature to boast about. A good idea is to rent a motorbike (60k VND for a day) and drive around the island. The highlights include the Hospital Cave and the Cat Ba National Park. The Hospital Cave is another proof of Vietnamese ingenuity. During the Vietnam War, the cave hosted injured soldiers, who could hide away from the American soldiers. Inside, there is an impressive maze of tunnels and some pretty huge rooms. The creepy dolls are meant to exemplify how many people could fit into the cave (a lot!).
Our final dinner consisted of chicken and rice, clams and two free beers! We had a little guest join us too 🙂
I must say – I absolutely loved Halong Bay as well as Cat Ba Island! I wish more people would explore Cat Ba – the food and nature are definitely worth it. If you want to devote 2-3 days to seeing the Halong Bay region, Cat Ba is a no- brainer.
Look below for examples of tours you can do from Cat Ba: