The Cat Ba National Park occupies over half of the island and it was declared a national park in 1986. The national park is home to many different types of animals including hedgehogs, deer, wild boar, monkeys and, of course, the ubiquitous water buffalo. Many migratory birds call into Cat Ba National Park and it is reputed to have over 700 species of plants. We went on a two hour trek in the park with a local guide. The trek was quite easy and the guide took us to a great lookout which provided excellent views of Cat Ba and the surround Halong Bay. We came across large Durian fruit growing on trees. The fruit is delicious but the smell is aweful and this is why many hotels have signs banning patrons from consuming Durians in their room.

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Climbing along well formed paths. View of Cat Ba Island from at the top of the trek. Thick vegetation abounds in this National Park. Halong Bay Island can be clearly seen in the distance. Taking a break at the summit. The odd spider can be seen here and there. This is an excellent place for photos. Fields of many shades of green. The guide is definitely enjoying himself. Deserted stone house. The Durian tastes like heaven but smells like hell !! It is fairly easy going on the trek down the mountain. Graves appear all over the place.  The Vietnamese like to have their ancestors nearby. The ubiquitous water buffalo. Durian in abundance. Close up of a Jack Fruit.
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