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Elevation: 30'
Location: 20.7245, 107.0501 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ken H on Mar 16, 2011
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Description 

IF YOU ARE GOING TO DEEP WATER SOLO CHECK THE TIDE INFORMATION OR YOU MAY GO WHEN YOU CAN'T DWS!

Cat Ba is an island about 4.5 hours from Hanoi by bus and boat. It has weather similar to the north coast of California.

In 2011 good accommodations on the main strip could be easily found in person for less than $10/night. I believe this doubles to reserve ahead and maybe more like $40/night in the summer months when the Island is full of Vietnamese tourists.

Getting There 

It will cost you 300 Dong and take about 45 minutes from the airport to the:
Ben xe Luong Yen (Luong Yen station) bus station
1 Nguyen Khoai, Hanoi, Vietnam

For those staying in the old quarter the bus station is a short ride away.

Your cab should bring you down into the front parking lot of the bus station. Things should be easy from here if you are big and white as everyone will say "Cat Ba" and point back; I assume this is because that is the only reason white folks come to this run down bus station. Enter the building in front of you and buy a ticket (170 dong in 2011) to Cat Ba Town from the Hoang Long Transportation Company on the right as you enter the building. Buses leave at 5:15 am, 7:15 am, 11:15 am, and 1:15 pm. The trip will take about 4.5 hours slopony.com has very detailed information about this and is very accurate. The trip will take you by 2 hour bus, wait 30 minutes on curb, 45 minute bus, 45 minutes on ferry motor boat, and 30 minute bus drops you in the middle of Cat Ba town. The one 170 dong ticket will cover it all.

Climbing Season



Weather station 22.7 miles from here

63 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cat Ba Island:
Barefoot Vietnamese   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Moody Tiger Bay : Moody Beach
Elephant Man   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Butterfly Valley : Center of the Universe
Cracker Jack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Butterfly Valley : Dragon Cave
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Ken on Barefoot Vietnamese on Moody Beach in Ha Long Bay Vietnam.

Barefoot Vietnamese 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Asia : Vietnam : ... : Moody Beach
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