Home Vietnam Travel Guide Landscapes of Vietnam HAI PHONG – CAT BA NATIONAL PARK

HAI PHONG – CAT BA NATIONAL PARK

Area: 1,503 sq.km 
Population: 1,640,000

Cat Ba National Park is an archipelago of 366 islands and islets. The main island, about 100 sq km, is 30kms away from Hai Phong. Bounded by Ha Long Bay, which is another bigger archipelago full of caverns fascinating most tourists. Cat Ba National Park is designed as 15,200-hectare zone to be protected in which there are 8,000 ha of forests and 4,200 hectare of sea. Vast primitive tropical forests of Vietnam can be found here.It is asituated on Cat Ba Island some 30 nautical miles east of Hai Phong Port. The park covers 15,200 ha, including 9,800 ha of forest and 4,200 haof sea waters. It is of great value for its interrelated diverse ecosy stems of forest and sea. 
    Cat Ba Is land is the biggest of the Cat Ba group of 366 islands. They join Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay to form a spectacular array of sea and island scenery. 
The Cat Ba National Park mostly includes limestone hills with an average height of 150m. The highest one is Cao Vong raising 322m above sea level. There are also a lot of marvelous grottoes and white sandy beaches. 
    In the Cat Ba National Park there remain the largest area of tropical primeval forests on Vietnam. According to onitial statistics, there are some 745 species in 149 families of plants, including various species of rare wood trees that need to be protected such as cho doi, trai ly, lat hoa and kim giao. 
    In the Cat Ba National Park there remain the largest area of tropical primeval forests on Vietnam. According to onitial statistics, there are some 745 species in 149 families of plants, including various species of rare wood trees that need to be protected such as cho doi, trai ly, lat hoa and kim giao.

    Cat Ba National Park is home to 20 types of mammals, 69 birds, and more tha 30 reptiles and amphibians. The rarest are the vooc (white-headed monkeys) which are seen on the high limestone mountain walls along the island’s coast. Also seen are mountain goats, deer, wild boars and various kinds of beautiful birds such as kingfishers, hornbills and hawks. 
The Bach Dang River: Some 20km to the northeast of Hai Phong is the large river of Bach Dang which runs through a rugged terrain close to the sea.

    The Bach Dang River, also named Van Cu River or Rung River, entered Vietnamese history with the resounding military exploits of national heroes Ngo Quyen (938 A.D.), Le Hoan (981 A.D.) and Tran Quoc Tuan (1288).

Haiphong is 103km south-east of Hanoi.

    – Bus: Buses leaving for Bai Chay at the bus station in the Thuy Nguyen Dist. (by ferry to Thuy Nguyen Dist.). Niem Nghia Inter-provincial Bus Station on Tran Nguyen Han St.

Lach Tray Bus Station (next to Nhan Dan Theatre) to Do Son, Kien Thuy 
Tam Bac Bus Station (next to Sat Market) to Hanoi. 
In Hanoi, buses and minibuses leave from Hanoi’s Gia Lam and Kim Ma Bus Stations.

    Air-con minibuses depart every 1/2 hour from Kim Ma’s station to Hai Phong. It takes 2 and half hours, costing 25,000 VND one way. 
    – Boat: Daily ferries leave from the dock on Ben Binh St. for Hon Gai (Halong Bay) and Cat Ba Island. 
    Green lines 5 runs betwen Haiphong and Mong Cai. The boat departs from Haiphong at 7.30 am and returns from Mong Cai at 2.30 pm (from Monday to Thurday). The journey takes 3 hours and costs 230,000 VND for foreigners. 
   At Niem Nghia dock, there are boat departures to Nam Dinh and Hai Duong. 
     
VP Taxi, Tel: 828 282

No comments