With thousands of limestone islands and caves, Halong Bay is perfect for adventures. Swimming, diving, rock climbing, caving, trekking, cycling, and camping are very popular.
The best time to visit is in the dry season, from October to April. The weather can be cool and overcast with low visibility during other times.
What is Soft Adventure
Soft adventure includes caving, trekking, cycling, and camping. It usually involves modest physical strength as participants need to climb hills or ride a bike.
Halong Bay has superior conditions for soft adventure with its unique karst landform. Caves, tiny islets, floating villages, national parks, and beaches are great places for adventure. It’ll be fun and thrilling; you shouldn't miss it.
So if you are obsessed with soft adventure, take your energy along with you to Halong Bay.
Where to Go for an Adventure in Halong Bay
Common activities in Halong Bay including caving, swimming, and fishing, and these are provided by the cruise companies.
Asia Highlights’ choice of 4-star cruise ship includes some soft adventures. For example, on Glory Legend’s cruise trip, exploring Luon Cave and Sung Sot Cave is a regular feature of the itinerary. A bamboo boat ride, swimming at Ti Top beach, squid fishing, tai chi, and a cooking class are also included.
Avid tourists should not miss camping, trekking, and cycling on Cat Ba Island. There, you can camp on the sandy beach or trek to explore natural ecosystems in Cat Ba National Park.
Cat Ba Island Adventures
Quick Look at Cat Ba Island
Located in Hai Phong city in Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It’s the largest island in Halong Bay and has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, and is a great place for adventure.
We highly recommend you stay at least 2 days and 1 night so you have enough time to explore.
The best time to visit is during the dry season from October to April. With warm sunny days and fewer crowds, it is good for outdoor activities. Tropical cyclones and rains occur from around May to November.
What Adventures to Expect in Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba National Park is the perfect place for trekking and camping. As a World Heritage Site, it has many species of flora and fauna. You will have the chance to see endangered animals, such as Cat Ba langurs, leopard cats, black giant squirrels, and civet cats.
Trekking through the park, you can enjoy beautiful natural scenery, such as mangroves, evergreen forests, lakes, and streams along the valley.
Beaches in Lan Ha Bay are beautiful and pristine. You can swim in the blue water, sunbathe, or have a picnic. The waters there are home to hundreds of species of fish and other marine life. The white-sand Cat Co beaches also make a great place to relax and offer camping facilities.
Viet Hai village is great for cycling or trekking. Riding on the jungle road is tough but you will have the entire mountainside scenery to enjoy. Arriving in the village, you can visit old houses, see forest trees, or watch people and buffalo working in green fields. Bicycles are easily rented from most hotels.
Exploring Quan Y Cave (Hospital Cave) and Trung Trang Cave is a great surprise. Quan Y Cave is a masterpiece from the American war and you can find a hospital in it. Trung Trang Cave contains hundreds of natural stalactites with unique shapes.
Monkey Island is an ideal place for a vacation with many activities like playing football, volleyball on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, or fishing. Monkeys are also a part of the scenery there.
Accommodations in Cat Ba Island
There are over 105 hotels along the waterfront, which are mostly 3-star and guesthouses. You can view the natural surroundings through the window in your room.
However, the hotel facilities are limited. For example, free Wi-Fi is standard but the signal is not very good away from the reception area. Some hotels do not have elevators.
Drinks are mostly beer and cocktails, which you can find in hotel restaurants or local bars. Strong coffee and fruit smoothies are available.
Various types of seafood, Vietnamese soups and noodles, and spring rolls are delicacies you should not miss.
Travel Essentials in Halong Bay
- Take sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat to avoid sunstroke and sunburn.
- Wear comfortable sneakers when trekking or cycling.
- Take mosquito spray and common medicines in case of insect bites.
- Follow the tour guide when trekking in forests.
- Do not catch wild animals.
- Do not throw rubbish anywhere as Cat Ba Island is facing numerous environmental problems.
- There will be a swarm of women selling food and drink to you when you arrive at Cat Ba Island.
- Trekking, camping, and cycling need modest physical strength. Please take a break when you get tired and drink more water to avoid dehydration.
- To avoid scams, don’t go to remote areas or accept invitations to strangers’ homes when visiting villages.
Travel with Asia Highlights
Travel experiences are our top priority. Asia Highlights provides tailor-made tours and makes flight bookings on your behalf.
We share our knowledge and passion for Vietnam. We travel there regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas, and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions.
At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.