Ha Long Bay on a Budget: Visit from Cat Ba Island (Vietnam) Ha Long Bay on a Budget: Visit from Cat Ba Island (Vietnam)

Ha Long Bay on a Budget: Visit from Cat Ba Island (Vietnam)

Cat Ba Island in Vietnam is the perfect place as a stopover for a Halong Bay tour. You will escape Hanoi and have the possibility to arrange a cheaper Halong bay tour. Cat Ba island is a chilled-out place with a few small, though nice beaches, a rich history, and there are some spots with good nightlife, which are pretty cheap!

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During the wars, the island was a strategic lookout point. During the bombing, local residents hide among the island’s many caves. The cave hospital is one of the impressive leftovers.

Cheap Halong Bay tour from Cat Ba Island

We’ve booked a day tour at Cat Ba Ventures ($25, lunch + water), which was a good company. They will visit less touristy areas that are maybe even more beautiful than the famous part of Halong Bay.

Around 8 AM, you’ll take the boat from Cat Ba town through the floating villages, cruise through Lan Ha Bay, and enjoy the hundreds of limestone islands.

The Halong Bay tour includes snorkeling gear, dry bags, kayaking, a great lunch and swimming at a deserted beach, all entrance fees into Halong Bay, and an English-speaking local guide.

What to do on Cat Ba Island

Besides from the Halong Bay tours, Cat Ba Island has some more things to offer:

  • Visit a pearl farm
  • Rent a scooter and explore the island.
  • Visit the Canon fort (the old defense base)
  • Go get the cheapest food at a market in town
  • Chill at the few beaches
  • Visit the cave hospital
  • Have a great night out

How to get to Cat Ba Island

Visit Cat Ba Island to stay low on a budget to see Halong Bay. Make sure to get to Hanoi first!

After Cat Ba, take the bus + boat + bus to the beautiful Tam Coc, Ninh Binh.

Find cheap flight tickets to Hanoi

Easily find the cheapest flights tickets to here!

From Hanoi, you will have to take the bus to Haiphong, which takes around 2.5 hours. From there, take the ferry to Cat Ba and the bus to Cat Ba town (1 hour). The ferry costs you 70K Dong (~ $3) for a one-way ticket. The boat timetable will change so now and then.

Halong Bay cheap tour Cat Ba Island

Where to stay on Cat Ba island

Make sure to stay near the pier in Cat Ba Town; this is where the food and drinks are in Cat Ba. We’ve picked our two favorite places. 

20/02/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/vietnam/halong-bay-budget/
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  • Abhishek

    I loved your detailed blog and i am sure it would be helpful for so many including me. Just wanted to know, the picture you have in blog( with selfie stick both of you and the bench is along side) it looked one of the best views. Could you please describe where it is actually. Thanks

    • Salt in our Hair

      Thank you! I’m honestly not sure what the name of the point was (as this was 5 years ago), but it’s the viewpoint at Cat Ba village.

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