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Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

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Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

My plan is to do a tour of Halong Bay. I will be flying from Da Nang to Hai Phong (landing in HP at 8:00pm). I will stay over night in HP and the next morning will do a tour of Halong Bay. I am not sure whether to drive to HL City and take a tour from there or boat it from HP to Cat Ba and take a tour from there. I am also not sure whether to stay over night in HL City or CB? What would you guys suggest? Recommendations for accomodation is also welcome -- we will be on our honeymoon.

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1. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

Cat Ba Town is pretty awful in my opinion - one good restaurant and nothing of interest except the seafront - I couldn't get away fast enough.

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2. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

I prefer staying in Cat Ba to Halong City. And after Halong Bay trip, I'll take a rest in Island, then visit it tomorrow :)

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3. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

Bugalow on Monkey Island which is near Cat Ba - peaceful.

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4. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

I also wouldn't stay in Cat Ba.

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5. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

I am considering staying in Cat Ba. Dawwgon and Chrella for what reasons would you not stay in Cat Ba?

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7. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

We stayed on Cat Ba last year for a night, after a night on a junk boat. We hated it! It felt sterile and there were dead cats floating around in the water. We couldn't wait to leave.

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8. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

Monkey Island is 20 mins boat trip away from Cat Ba - secluded bungalows on the water's edge with other smaller Islands you can kayak to. Your choice.

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9. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

I wouldn't even visit CatBa let alone stay there. I didn't enjoy it at all.

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10. Re: Stay over night in Cat Ba or Halong Bay City?

Cat Ba Town just felt like a dying town - I couldn't find one shop with anything to buy, couldn't buy even a postcard. Hotels there look like they hadn't been kept up in many years - just all very depressing.

Why would you want to vacation in a place like that when Vietnam has many really worthwhile destinations.

Edited: 01 September 2011, 04:42