UNESCO World Heritage Sites  Cat Ba National Park, Halong Bay

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Cat Ba National Park is centred on Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay. The Cat Ba archipelago itself comprises 366 islents and islands. Together they cover an area of 20,000 hectares of limestone islands. When I visited Halong Bay with a group of AsiaExplorers members, we had an opportunity to kayak in Cat Ba National Park. The kayaking session was long and exhausting, but ultimately fulfilling, as we rowed from island to island, and on our return journey, even had to row across the open sea.

Most of the islets dotting Cat Ba National Park is covered with vegetation, although there are sheer limestone cliffs where hardly anything grew. Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to sea tenacious shrubs clinging to those otherwise barren cliffs, and on occasion, we even saw mountain goats and monkeys on the cliffs. The feeling of kayaking through the labyrinthine maze of islands, where the only sound was that of your oar on the water, was simply magnificent.

There is at least one floating village in the national park. They earn a living through shrimp and fish farming, and from the occasional tourist boat that drop by. As soon as our junk arrived, the villagers rowed towards us with their wares, nothing of value and nothing that we need.

Junks carrying tourists anchored off Cat Ba National Park.

Going to Cat Ba National Park

The easiest way to reach Cat Ba National Park is to book a tour of Halong Bay. There is plenty to choose from in Hanoi.

Bo Hon Photo Gallery

Let us show you the beauty of Halong Bay in pictures. Click to enter.

Halong Bay Travel Guide

Useful information to help you prepare for your trip to Halong Bay.

Halong Bay Photo Gallery

Photo Album of the panoramic sights in Halong Bay.

Halong Bay at Night

View Halong Bay when darkness falls and the lights come on.

Bo Hon Island

Click enter to see scenic views of beautiful Bo Hon Island.

Cat Ba National Park

We went kayaking at this national park to explore its beautiful caves and passages.

Cat Ba National Park Photo Gallery

Fighting Cock Island

This is a pair of rocky outcrops in Halong Bay.

Me Cung Cave

This is a cave in Halong Bay.

Sung Sot Cave

This is the biggest and grandest grotto in Halong Bay.

Sung Sot Cave Gallery

Titov Island

This is the island with a scenic viewpoint pavillion at its highest point.

Titov Island Gallery

Places of Interest in Vietnam

Vietnam is a land of cultural and natural beauty. Click enter to view many of the sights in Vietnam.

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