Cát Bà in all its glory

cat-baIt was well worth the rather rough and tortuous journey to reach our destination and once we reached Cát Bà Island, right on cue the sunset arrived in all its glory.

The small town looks beautiful, pristine and poetic, lying gently around a high mountain looking onto the sea.

Cát Bà is the name of the biggest island in the Cát Bà archipelago including 366 islands grouped in Lan Hạ Bay in Hải Phòng City’s Cát Hải District.

Cát Bà Island, covering 140 square kilometers, is known for its ideal climate, stunning beaches and biodiversity.

Cát Bà National Park was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2003.

The highlight of Cát Bà is its sand dunes scattered amidst mountains, stunning beaches with clear, blue water, endless green of the forests and the limestone walls of the islands.

The bizarre rock formations are sculpted by millenniums of erosion by water.

The island also has coral reefs, sandy beaches, freshwater wetland areas, mangrove forests and willow swamps.

Streams winding deeply in forests always murmur, creating symphonies and caves running through mountains always attract travelers’ curiosity.

Cát Bà National Park is another amazing sight to behold as it is home to 300 species of fauna and flora.

The white-head langurs that live on Cát Bà are one of Việt Nam’s most endangered primates.

The park, which takes up more than half of the island, is endowed with a diverse ecosystem and many types of habitats.

After discovering the wildlife, visitors can cool off on the beach and play in the waves.

The most popular beach is Cát Cò beach which draws a crowd on holidays and weekends.

For nature lovers, a visit to Trung Trang Cave with its mysterious stalactites is a must.

Hùng Sơn Cave, which used to contain a hospital during the revolutionary wars, and Lan Hạ Bay are other attractions that tourists should not miss.

Cruise boats are also available to explore from the sea and for those who love to hike, Ngũ Lâm Mountain at a height of 225 meters has a watchtower which has a stunning vantage point to take in a spectacular panoramic view of the island.

By SAO MAI 

Source: The Saigon Times

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