On arriving to Cat Ba island we were bombarded with offers from several hotels and hostels along the main strip. We had been told by some people to look out for rooms that are dry (the humidity makes floor, walls and ceilings damp with condensation- traveled March 2012.) So we started searching through a few places and asked to see the rooms. There were several places a bit closer to the bus terminal that looked nicer, but once we walked in to a large three bed room that was dry for $10/ night we couldn't say no. Apart from anything my back hurt and I was done shopping around. The room was basic and the bathroom was an all in one so got a little wet after taking a shower but I was happy with it. Only had a fan in the room so I can imagine that it would get quite hot during the summer months.
The front desk receptionist/ travel agent/ concierge/ waiter did not speak much English so I think he was a little hostile towards us, but we got by. Booked a 2 day 1 night cruise to Lan Ha and Halong Bay through him... boat was small but we had a blast. We had 7 passengers on our little junk boat where some of the bigger ones only had 4 or 5 and payed about the same price ($60 USD). If you are bothered search around a little, but for one night it was an experience and the food was great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cat Ba Dream Hotel offers a number of tours for you to choose from: one day; two days, one night; or three days, two nights. You can go caving, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and daytime and nighttime fishing, and then relax on empty beaches. Choose to stay overnight on a floating hotel or on the boat. Every tour includes food, water and an english spreaking local guide. ... more less
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