When we arived in the North of Vietnam we were thinking about going to Cat Ba Island, however we were put off by the mass of tourist package deals on offer in Hanoi. After asking around at several tourist offices it became obvious that they were only interested in selling their own expensive tours. It was then we found http://catbaventures.com/ run from Phong Lan Hotel. This informative website had all the information needed to get to Cat Ba island using Hoang Long Transportation Company.
Ha Noi – Hai Phong – Cat Ba takes 4 hours and buses leave from Luong Yen Bus Station several times a day for about $9.
Once in Cat ba you realise just how easy it is to organise the trip yourself allowing you to do exactly what you want in a small private group of just 2 -6 people. (At a fraction of the price the big tours charge) Mr Tung offers tailor made guides for independent travellers. The list of activities includes; rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, trekking in Cat ba national park.
We found www.catbaventures.com from other very good backpacker bogs (see bellow)
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