The Cat Ba Eco Lodge was a great escape from days of exploring the hectic but fun Ha Noi. I was in contact with the lodge a month before the trip and they helped me arrange the bus ride (via Hoang Long Bus). This was pretty smooth and met up with a bus ticket saleswoman the night before we headed to Cat Ba island. THe only problem was the bus driver dropped us at the wrong intersection than arranged and had to deal with some predatory xe om operators, i would suggest just heading to Cat Ba town and catching the Cat Ba Eco lodge nightly (10am/5:30pm ) shuttle to the resort.
The room we got was adequate and clean and we had a great time exploring that part of Cat Ba island on foot and bicycle (for a small fee), we arranged a kayak rental with Blue Swimmer (seems to be closely affiliated with Sui Goi/Cat Ba Eco-Lodge) and explored the fish markets and monkey island. Food on the resort was above average and decently priced, we enjoyed getting a cocktail or beer and sitting in the gardens before getting dinner.
Overall a wonderful place and a nice change from your usual accomdations around Vietnam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cat Ba Eco-Lodge is nestled in dramatic forested hills 13 km from Cat Ba Town. (Information on arriving and getting around.) We have a warm, friendly, Vietnamese staff and our restaurant proudly serves some of the best Vietnamese and International cuisine on the island. Even if you do not stay at our hotel you are still invited to stop by for a memorable lunch at our acclaimed restaurant. Our Eco-Lodge was designed and constructed with comfort in mind and it is immaculately maintained. The rooms are arranged in three separate buildings centered around the restaurant and common areas. Each room offers total privacy and has: Full Bathroom Hot Water Heating / Air Conditioning / Fan Mini-Bar Flat Screen TV Telephone Wireless Internet Luxuriously Comfortable Beds In the hotel's common areas you will find our restaurant and our full service bar and lounge. In the lounge computers are available with free, fast, reliable Internet. Scattered around the 7 hectare property you will find our garden, fruit trees and hidden hammocks at your disposal. We also offer free cooking classes for those interested. There are marked walking trails of different intensities leaving from our lodge's front door. A self-guided walking tours explain the area's natural features including the unusual karst landscape that makes Halong Bay so famously beautiful and a UNESECO World Heritage Site. Several beaches (including our gorgeous private beach) are within 15 minutes on bicycle. Many guests like to discover a new beach or panoramic mountain top everyday of their stay. ... more less
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