Discovering Cat Ba Island by scooter

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - discovering Cat Ba Island Halong Bay VietnamWhen we got to Cat Ba Island it was raining on and off and it stayed that way our first day there. We were reconsidering our choice to stay, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all… But the second morning it was sunny! Time to rent a motorbike and go exploring! We drove around the island for a few hours, went to Cannon Fort and had a really good time.

We rented a scooter at our hotel, Cat Ba Palace for 80.000 Dong (about $3.50). They asked 100k but when we said that we could rent one down the street for 80k they easily agreed to the same price. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great bike. After a bumpy ride around the island, we discovered the bike had a flat back tire. As storm clouds were gathering, Mau dropped me and Jace at a shelter at the entrance of Cannon Fort and drove back to the hotel to get another bike. He was back just in time to shelter from the massive downpour. We had picked up some sandwiches along the way and had a nice picnic while it was raining cats and dogs around us. When the rain stopped we visited the Cannon Fort.

Cheapest way to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island seemed like an interesting place to stay for a few days, but it turned out it was quite expensive to get there. The combination of private car and speedboat was just as expensive as booking a 3 days/2 nights budget tour to Halong Bay with one night on a boat and one night on Cat Ba island for the three of us. Not many people know this, but if you book a Halong Bay cruise, you can choose to stay on Cat Ba Island after the second night and return whenever you wish with the same tour. One of the booking agents told us about this and so that is what we decided to do. We wrote a separate post about our Halong Bay experience.



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Our pictures of Cat Ba Island

Since we were traveling with our toddler, we only saw a small part of what the island has to offer. There are actually many things to do on Cat Ba Island. We hope to go back one day! Here are some of our favorite pictures we took during our Cat Ba Island tour.

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Cat Ba is a beautiful green island. Our scooter trip showed us some impressive views

Cat Ba is a beautiful green island. Our scooter trip showed us some impressive views

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - This rugged coast line looks like it came right out of a movie scene

This rugged coast line looks like it came right out of a movie scene

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Another beautiful landscape. We simply had to stop and take a picture here

Another beautiful landscape. We simply had to stop and take a picture here

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - We came across this huge gaggle of geese

We came across this huge gaggle of geese

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Time for a pit stop!

Time for a pit stop!

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Eating a 'nana' with mama. Jace loves bananas :-)

Eating a ‘nana’ with mama. Jace loves bananas 🙂

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Another pretty landscape

Another pretty landscape

 

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Overview of the harbour at Cat Ba town seen from Cannon Fort. A great place to visit if only because of the view point

Overview of the Bay at Cat Ba town seen from Cannon Fort. A great place to visit if only because of the viewpoint

FlipFlopGlobetrotters.com - Cat Ba Island - Just like in the brochures. This what we came to Halong Bay for!

Just like in the brochures. This is what we came to Halong Bay for!





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Lisa is an experienced online marketing professional currently working as digital nomad. She's the mother of a precious little ginger haired boy and if time permits she likes to read, write, travel the world and dive.

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