Cat Ba island
Most of tourists come to Vietnam
want to visit Halong bay and many of those start to find out
that Cat Ba islands are one of the best place to discover as it
is not as crowded as Halong bay and there are many beautiful
sightseeing here also.
Cat Ba islands is located in Hai Phong city. It is about 10 km South East of Halong bay. Cat Ba includes Cat Ba islands and Lan Ha bay where many tourists love to come to trek in to Cat Ba national park or take a cruise to visit Lan Ha bay islets and beaches and floating villages
Cat Ba Islands is in the South of Halong bay world heritage. It consists of 367 islands, off the coast of Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province, it is far from the center of Hai Phong city about 30 km, from the city of Ha Long about 25 km. Administratively, it is the islands of Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city. It has been recognized as the World Biosphere Reserve.
Cat Ba is the place between the forest and the sea blend, creating a one of a kind landscapes. Come to this beautiful island, visitors are not only bathed in cool blue beaches, but also can discover mysterious nature through primitive forests on the island. Cat Ba National Park is extensive 15,200 ha of tropical forests with system wide 570 ha rich flora and fauna, the species is characteristic white head and Kim Giao trees.
Cat Ba Island is the giant green carpet contains many mysterious and attractive. Worthy of the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve 3rd Vietnam, is now recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the world. The total area ofthe Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve 26,000 ha wide, with 2 core zone (strict conservation and human impacts), 2 buffer (allowing economic growth combined with limited but conservation) and two transition zones (economic development). Zone Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve is the full convergence on the tropical rain forest of limestone islands, mangroves, coral reefs, grass beds and especially the cave system. Cat Ba Cai Beo there remains the Halong culture, the way people have lived here 6475 - 4200 year.
With charm bestowed by nature, biological diversity and the tremendous value of the nation's history, Cat Ba has been and will be an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists
Cat Ba national park
At the heart of Cat Ba Island lies a visually stunning and ecologically diverse national park. In 1986, 9,800 [98 kmē] hectares (approximately one third of the Island's total land mass) was annexed as Cat Ba National Park, the first decreed protected area in Vietnam to include a marine component (Dawkins 14). It had previously been the site of a timber company. In 2006, the boundaries of the national park were redefined, so the park contained 109 kmē of land area and an additional 52 kmē of inshore waters and mangrove covered tidal zones (langur website). The park is staffed by 92 people, including over 60 park rangers. In 2004, Cat Ba Archipelago was declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area in order to protect the multiple terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well the diverse plant and animal life that is found on the Island. The UNESCO designation divides the archipelago into three distinct areas, each with certain functions and restrictions that regulates development and conservation measures on the Island.