Cat Ba National Park: All you need to know before visit – 2024

Cat Ba National Park is a captivating destination which ranks among Vietnam's and the world's biosphere reserves. Here, visitors not only have the chance to delve into the varied flora and fauna ecosystem but can also delve into history, and culture, and engage in thrilling outdoor activities.
Therefore, don’t forget to put Cat Ba National Park into your travel bucket!

1. Overview of Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park is situated along the Cat Ba cross-island road in Tran Chau town, Hai Phong city. It is approximately 30 km south of the city center. As one of Vietnam's expansive special-use forests, it serves as a custodian of the global biosphere.
Covering a vast natural expanse of 17,360 hectares, Cat Ba National Park comprises 11,000 hectares of lush forest and an additional 6,500 hectares of sea surface. The park's advantageous climate and environmental conditions have transformed it into an optimal site for nurturing and preserving a diverse array of ecosystems..

2. Cat Ba National Park Opening Hours

The National Park extends a warm welcome to visitors every day with operating hours from 08:00 to 18:00. The park's activities are available throughout the week, including weekends and holidays, ensuring a flexible and accessible schedule for all.
Cat Ba National Park Opening Hours

3. Cat Ba National Park Entrance

Despite being the most alluring destination in Hai Phong, the entrance fee to visit Cat Ba National Park is remarkably budget-friendly.
Adult ticket price: $3.29/person
Children ticket price: $1.64/person
Children under 1m tall are granted free admission.

4. How To Get To Cat Ba National Park

To reach Cat Ba National Park, you have three transportation options to consider:
By Bicycle
In the heart of Cat Ba town, you can find a mountain bike rental service at around $6.17 per day. If you're in good health and keen on exploring the scenic mountain passes, a bicycle is a great choice. 
By tour
All transportation logistics are taken care of in the tour, enhancing the convenience of your trip. This encompasses pick-up and drop-off schedules, along with the coordination of activities within the park. Our tours also feature knowledgeable and experienced guides who share insights into the park's history, culture, and ecology.
If you are a first-time visitor to the National Park, opt for this choice!
By Bus and Ferry
Another option is to share a transfer bus from Hanoi - Cat Ba - Hanoi
It takes around 4 hours and has a table below.

  • Bus Hanoi to Cat Ba:  depart at 7:30 am - 10:30 am - 14:00

  • Bus Cat Ba to Hanoi:  depart 09:00 am - 12:30 pm and 15:30 pm

The price is 13 USD/person/way.
By Private Transfer
Ideal for larger groups, tours, or travel parties, renting a car is an option. This way visitors don't need to wait for other people. But the price is more expensive.

>>> Visit Lan Ha Bay 1 day tour from Cat Ba island

How To Get To Cat Ba National Park

5. Best time to visit Cat Ba National Park

It’s considered the optimal period for travel, from April to November each year is the ideal time to visit Cat Ba National Park. The weather is pleasantly cool, marked by sunny days, providing favorable conditions for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
It's worth noting that this destination exudes its unique charm throughout all four seasons of the year. This characteristic makes it an appealing tourist spot in Hai Phong, drawing visitors of all ages and professions.
Best time to visit cat ba island

6. What To Do In Cat Ba National Park?

With its diverse and abundant flora and fauna, there are various engaging forms for you to explore.

6.1. Trekking At Cat Ba National Park

Trekking, hailed as the most alluring activity in Cat Ba, provides an immersive experience that brings you intimately close to the vibrant flora and captivating nature. It grants you ample time and convenience to traverse the complex terrain within the primeval forest, ensuring you witness everything firsthand.
 ngu lam peak cat ba island

Trekking visit Ngu Lam peak

Trekking here typically occurs in groups, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature and take the time to breathe in the fresh air.

6.2. Explore the diversity flora and fauna

Due to its expansive area and favorable natural conditions, Cat Ba National Park has become the "home" to thousands of animal species. This includes 55 species of reptiles, 274 species of insects, 58 species of mammals, and 205 species of birds, among others.
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6.3. Cycling through the forest

The most amazing experience is the scenic and adventurous cycling route through Cat Ba National Park, where a well-maintained road awaits and bike rentals are available in Cat Ba Town. This activity guarantees not only a physical escapade but also an exploration of the untamed beauty and unique charm of the park's diverse ecosystems.
Cycling around Viet Hai village

6.4. Visit Viet Hai Village

As the largest floating village in Vietnam, Viet Hai Village captivates many tourists with its pristine landscapes and hospitable residents. Cycling around the village emerges as the best way to experience it, offering glimpses of floating houseboats, breathtaking scenery, and a deeper understanding of the serene lives led by the locals.

7. Tip For Visitors

  • Exploring this expansive, untouched jungle demands visitors' attention to certain guidelines. Here are some important ones:

  • Refrain from actions like tree cutting, flower picking, or disrupting the landscapes and wildlife.

  • Avoid littering, thus ensuring a safe haven for both visitors and the diverse array of plant and animal species.

  • Come prepared with essentials like insect repellent, headache medicine, and fever reducers, as there are no medical services available within the forest.

  • Pack snacks and drinks in sufficient quantities.

  • Don't forget to bring sunglasses and sun hats for added protection.

Encompassed by breathtaking natural landscapes and offering countless captivating experiences, Cat Ba National Park is poised to create lasting memories for you. Waste no time—grab your backpack and embark on a journey immediately!


author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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