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Best place to stay in Halong Bay for backpackers?

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Best place to stay in Halong Bay for backpackers?

Hello,

Sorry if this has been asked many times before.

We are two travellers arriving independently from China and so don't have the usual option of an organised tour from Hanoi. We have three days and would like to see Halong Bay (day boat tour?), Cat Ba Island, and possibly Bai Tho Mountain.

It seems fairly difficult to get to Cat Ba island independently of a tour group - and it seems ferries only depart from Tuan Chau and Haiphong - not Bai Chay?

Is it possible to do Cat Ba island as a day trip from Bai Chay? And are there good options for day boat trips in Bai Chay?

Where would it be easiest for us to be based to get the most out of our three days? Is Bai Chay a more lively destination than Cat Ba? And is Cat Ba easier to get to than we think?

Thanks for any advice/information :)

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1. Re: Best place to stay in Halong Bay for backpackers?

I'd suggest don't consider Cat Ba as a day trip. Stay at least one overnight and go on a full day cruise around Lan Ha bay. Same scenery as Ha Long but far fewer tourists.

I did one last year for only 340,000VND including kayaking and a good lunch on board. Pick-up from hotel at 08:30 and return 17:30. Great value.

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