Cat Ba National Park: Ngu Lam Peak

So much to do on such a small island. Kayak in the bay, sunbathe on the beach, or motorbike to Cat Ba National Park and hike up Ngu Lam Peak!

A small island off the northeast coast of Vietnam lies Cat Ba, the less touristy side of Ha Long Bay. This Bay is full of sky high karst’s that hold dramatic backdrops for your selfie of the day. With an elevation of 3,280 feet high and a mere 30 minute hike to the top, Ngu Lam Peak is the perfect morning workout while on Cat Ba island.

Cat Ba National Park is a 30-40 minute ride from the main town. I suggest to rent a motorbike ($5), fill up with gas, and head out! The earlier, the better for a few reasons: beat the crowd, beat the heat, and still have time to enjoy the rest of the day (the park opens at 8am). Even the drive to get there is pretty!

cat ba drive
drive to cat ba national park

It costs $0.50 to park and $2 to enter. The hike starts with a five minute walk on a paved road straight into the park.

paved road entrance

At the end of the paved road, you’ll get to a cafe. Go up past the cafe and you’ll see this map.

ngu lam peak map

The arrows suggest to turn left but if you analyze the map, no need to do that left loop. When you get to this map, turn RIGHT. The arrows on the trail are kind of confusing because the trail is a figure eight shape (multiple ways). All lead to the top, but basically stay right at every fork.

Simple & easy trail with inclines, declines, & straight aways for the next 20 minutes.

ngu lam peak trail
ngu lam peak trail
ngu lam peak trail

I read a review that said the last five minutes is difficult & dangerous. NOT! It was simple rock stairs, just a bit more steep than earlier but it has a hand rail for you to hold if needed.

ngu lam peak trail

30 minutes in and you’re at the top! Well, the first top.

view from first peak

view from first peak

I always like to go further away from people. If you look onward, you can see the small people on the top right there. You see em?

View from the first peak looking at the second peak.

View from the first peak looking at the second peak.

I saw that the trail continued to an even higher peak not too much further so I went. Onward and upward! A quick five more minutes up and I was on the top of Ngu Lam second peak.

View from the second peak looking back at the first peak.

View from the second peak looking back at the first peak.

ngu lam peak selfie

Super easy, super safe, nearly free. Take a hike up Ngu Lam Peak when you visit Cat Ba, Vietnam! ENJOY!

TOTAL COST:

DAY 1: $40
$15 bus & boat to get to Cat Ba from Ninh Binh
$6 hostel (shared room)
$0 breakfast included
$5 lunch
$2 dinner
$6 motorbike 24 hour rental
$4 gas
$2 cannon point viewpoint fee

DAY 2: $22
$6 hostel (shared room)
$0 breakfast included
$5 lunch
$5 dinner
$3 national park entrance fee
$3 snacks