Cannon Fort, also known as Point 177, is a famous landmark in Cat Ba, the beautiful island of Vietnam. It was established in 2010 and has attracted many tourists ever since. Cat Ba Cannon Fort holds valuable pieces of history and serves as an educational site for both foreign and domestic tourists of all ages.
This historical site is located on a hill, consisting of large cannons and a system of underground tunnels built in the 40s of the 20th century. Thanks to its prime location, the site allows views towards both the mountains and the sea. Therefore, Cannon Fort Cat Ba served a critical role in accompanying the Cat Ba army and locals during the Vietnam wars, leading to their glorious victories written in the nation’s history pages. This site, considered a witness of history, displays many important historical relics like large cannons, ammunition depots, items of the soldiers, and many more.
Coming to Cannon Fort, visitors will get the chance to admire the natural scenery of Cat Ba from different viewpoints and fall in love with the pristine beauty of the islands, as well as learn about Vietnam’s history. It is one of the must-visit attraction spots of Cat Ba to learn about local culture, especially after spending your holiday going cruising and swimming in the beaches.
Cannon Fort Cat Ba
How to get there
The distance between Hanoi city and Cat Ba is 160 kilometers. To travel between the two destinations, tourists have to get to Hai Phong first, via train, bus, or private transfer. Depending on your chosen means of transport, this journey will take from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
From there, speedboats and ferries are ready to take you to Cat Ba Island for 3$ to 9$. If you are coming from Halong Bay, you can take the ferry or speedboat from Tuan Chau Port to Gia Luan Port, which will take about one hour.
From Cat Ba Town, it takes 10 minutes to get to the entrance gate of Cannon Fort. Then, to get to the top of the hill, you can hike for 20-30 minutes or ride a motorbike. The paths are not challenging for tourists, and you can enjoy the scenery along the way.
Things to do
There are underground tunnels that lead into the mountain bed for visitors to explore, as well as areas that hold well-preserved historical relics. For some downtime, relax in a terrace cafe and scroll through the small museum to learn more about Cannon Fort Cat Ba.
Cannon Fort’s highlight is the large binoculars that allow visitors a magnificent panoramic view of the place from the top of the mountains. From there, you can see the charming landscapes of Lan Ha Bay and other attractive beaches in Cat Ba.
Have a coffee at Cannon Fort
Ticket prices & opening hours
Ticket price: 40.000 VND
Opening hours: 8 AM - 5 PM