Infinite Guide for Trekking in Cat Ba Island 2024

January 02, 2024 - 5986 views

A small island just off the North West coast, Cat Ba is one of the favorite places for many tourists in Vietnam. Most people just come here on an overnight cruise to explore Lan Ha Bay, doing kayaking, visiting a local fishing village, relaxing on the beach, and many of them miss trekking on this island. Therefore, find some useful information for trekking in Cat Ba island, you may change your mind and book to stay longer in Cat Ba town.

Some people think that trekking is an adventure activity for an active person however trekking in Cat Ba available for both easy and hard option. Let's learn detail about it below.

Why do Cat Ba Trekking?

Cat Ba trekking and hiking bring you a chance to get closer and discover nature and its special. During the trek, you can pass through the jungle, see wild animals, discover the peaceful beauties of the local fishing village, or learn more about the history of Vietnam...The views at the peak are incredible. You feel like you’re in the middle of a misty magical land away from it all.

Moreover, there are various options for trekking in Cat Ba. The treks range from easy to difficult, this particularly good for trekkers because the paths are then open for people with all kinds of experience. You can pick a trail that suits you quite easily. The Cat Ba National park has a quite easy trek, but it does scare you with the height when looking down into the thickly forested valleys.

Cat Ba Trekking

Cat Ba Trekking

Best Time to hike in Cat Ba Island

The weather in Cat Ba is the typical type of tropical monsoon climate with 2 main seasons. The rainy season is from May to October when it is hot, humid, while the dry season lasts from November to April. However, under the effect of the sea controls and balances, the weather in Cat Ba Island is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Summertime is the time when a lot of domestic tourists come to the island to enjoy the beach, the hotel and tour can be fully booked early in advance, therefore you should avoid visiting the island this time. The best time to visit this island is from November to April, it is warm and you can enjoy the peaceful island.

Best weather to hike in cat ba

Best weather to hike in Cat Ba

Top places to do the trek in Cat Ba

Cat Ba National Park

Like Phu Quoc island, Cat Ba has a national park that is home to rare and precious species of langurs stored in red books, along with abundant vegetation. This gives a great opportunity for those who love trekking and to be close to nature in Cat Ba National Park. There are up to 9 trekking trails in Cat Ba national park for you to choose from. The most popular route is National Park – Frog Lake – Viet Hai Village Trail which is 14 km long. This route is a bit challenging as you need to trek to a magnificent flooded willow forest in a valley high above sea level, then continue a 1.5 – 2 hours’ trek to Ao Ech which is the largest concentration of fresh water on the island. From there, you continue further to the next stop along the trail is Viet Hai commune, a traditional settlement within the National Park.

The entrance fee to Cat Ba National Park is 40,000 VND (1.75 USD). Cat Ba National Park opens at 8 am and you should go early to beat the heat and crowds.

Trekking in Cat Ba National Park

Trekking in Cat Ba National Park

 

Ngu Lam Peak

Ngu Lam Peak is a sight not to be missed when coming to Cat Ba National Park where you can observe the panorama mountain scenery, one of the most beautiful and unique views on this beautiful island. It is a 3.6 km route and takes you 45 minutes to climb up to the top of the mountain, and 30 minutes down. On the way, you will trek across the main points such as butterfly garden, zoo, botanical gardens, natural forest on limestone mountain, Kim Giao forest, then reach Ngu Lam Peak. The best part of the trek is that you will be able to breathe the pure air of Kim Giao forest passing a quiet path with amazing green mountain scenery and lovely views. Kim Giao forest is also home to the rare, endangered, and ancient Kim Giao trees.

Trekking to Ngu Lam Peak Cat Ba

Trekking to Ngu Lam Peak Cat Ba

 

Monkey Island

Thanks to the beautiful unspoiled natural scenery along with wonderful beaches, Monkey Island Cat Ba has become a highlight of Cat Ba travel. While tourists are inclined to believe that Monkey island is all about monkeys, it has more to offer to you. The majority of tourists who are interested in exploring strange feelings can climb up the mountain, which offers the best views of Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of multi-sized islands growing up on blue water along with white sandy shores from afar. Make sure that you have proper footwear for the trek as it is not as easy as it looks.

Trekking to Monkey Island Cat Ba

Trekking to Monkey Island Cat Ba

Local tips to do trekking in Cat Ba

Make sure you have good protection for mosquitos and don't forget to take a 02-litre water bottle as It is incredibly humid, and there is no restaurant or shop to buy a drink on some trekking route in Cat Ba

Wear proper hiking shoes, a raincoat.

Put the valuable things in a safe place to avoid the monkey when trekking to Monkey island. They can grab food right from tourist’s palms and may bite if provoked.

Some trekking route like

Make sure you have good protection for mosquitos and don't forget to take a 02-liter water bottle as It is incredibly humid, and there is no restaurant or shop to buy a drink on some trekking route in Cat Ba

Wear proper hiking shoes, a raincoat.

Put the valuable things in a safe place to avoid the monkey when trekking to Monkey island. They can grab food right from tourist’s palms and may bite if provoked.

Some trekking route like National Park – Frog Lake – Viet Hai Village would be better if you combine with other activities such as boat rowing, kayaking, or swimming and stay overnight on Cat Ba Cruise.

 

You have just reviewed all detail about Cat Ba Trekking which suitable for both easy and adventurous clients. Now its time for you to arrange Cat Ba Tours and experience a wonderful trip!

Jenny Tran

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24/10/2022

Dear Sir/ Madam, We would like to hike in the Cat Ba National Park to the Ngu Lam viewpoint. We only have 1 afternoon for doing this and we were wondering if we can do the hike ourselves or if we need a guide. Is the route marked clearly with signs or is it difficult to find the way yourselves? Thank you very much! Kind regards Paulien

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24/10/2022
@Paulien Goemaere:

You should rent a local tourguide at your hotel and do it with him to safe.

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