20 Hostels in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam. You can choose from 20 Cat Ba Island hostels. In total, there are 42 cheap places to stay in Cat Ba Island such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $5 for a dorm.

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Cat Ba Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cat Ba Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Party hostels in Cat Ba Island


(Catba Pod Hostel is the best rated)

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Hostels in Cat Ba Island for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Cat Ba Island for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Cat Ba Island? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Cat Ba Island alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Cat Ba Island. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Cat Ba Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cat Ba Island. To help you make friends with Cat Ba Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Cat Ba Island is also named and spelled Cát Bà - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Cat Ba Island, located in the northeast part of Vietnam, just west of Ha Long Bay, is the largest island in the archipelago; the main town on the island is Cat Ba Town and that's where you'll find a lot of the hostels. Cat Ba Island is just over one hundred kilometers away from Hanoi. It's a great alternative to getting a hostel in Ha Long Bay, as you can avoid part of the crowds from Hanoi.

In Cat Ba Town, you can find the main tourist spot on the island, including the most lively street on the waterfront, full of budget accommodation, restaurants, massage shops, and karaoke clubs. A few meters to the east, you will find the pier with some nice floating restaurants. While you are here, you can also enjoy a little bit of beach, so head to Cat Co 2, where is also possible to spend a night sleeping on the beach. This is a quiet beach and it's less than twenty minutes walking from Cat Ba Town to reach it. Cat Co 1 and Cat Co 3 are also beaches near the town. About half of Cat Ba Island is a national park that's really nice to explore, but get good advice and think about hiring a local guide as there are some stories of people getting lost in the park for a couple of days.

The only way to arrive in Cat Ba Island is by boat; it's thirty minutes' ride from the pier to get to Cat Ba Town. There are a few hostels in Cat Ba Island but in summer months, the area gets busy -– mostly with Vietnamese tourists -– so book in advance. Cat Ba Island hostels are concentrated along the waterfront in Cat Ba Town and have all the facilities you need.

Written by local enthusiast for Cat Ba Island hostels

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Other Nearby Cities
Hạ Long City Hạ Long City (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Haiphong Haiphong (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Hanoi Hanoi (123 Km / 76 mi.)
Dong Hoi Dong Hoi (126 Km / 78 mi.)
Dồng Văn Dồng Văn (137 Km / 85 mi.)
Thanh Hoa Thanh Hoa (171 Km / 106 mi.)
Cao Bang Cao Bang (197 Km / 122 mi.)

FAQ about Cat Ba Island Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cat Ba Island. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cat Ba Island. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Cat Ba Island Hostels

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Catba Pod Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Cat Ba Island.
It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

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Your Packing List for Cat Ba Island

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cat Ba Island and Vietnam.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Cat Ba Island