Cat Ba Island-Ha Long Bay Vietnam Tennis

It’s one of the world’s most iconic places. Ha Long Bay Vietnam. Thousands of rock karsts dotted in emerald seas making it beautiful enough to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Junk boats drifting through, stopping at islands and beaches along the way. Cat Ba Island is the stopping off point for travellers to Halong Bay and the Island itself is a marvel with beautiful beaches and bays. And we managed to find tennis here at a lovely oceanside resort called Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa.


As we discovered, rooftop tennis is a thing in Vietnam. As part of our trip to legendary Ha Long Bay we checked into the Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa to be able to catch the flavor of Cat Ba Island and be able to play some tennis. The resort is right on a beautiful beach with rooms facing the ocean and two fabulous pools.


The resort has one rooftop tennis court kept in decent shape. It is walled in, but through the windows in the wall you can see stunning views of the bay and islands. One of those views where it is so beautiful you feel like you should be looking at it rather than playing tennis!


We enjoyed having the court there. It made for a great place to hit some balls before or after exploring the beautiful Cat Ba Island and indescribable Ha Long Bay.

Here’s a video we shot while we were there.

What to Do After Playing Tennis at Cat Ba Island Resort

Cat Ba Island Resort has two outdoor pools. There is a spa onsite with a hot tub.¬†There is also a tennis court, games room and children’s playground. Bicycle rentals and shuttle service can be arranged from the hotel.

The resort has two outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant and beautiful private beach areas on Bai Cat Co 1.


All around the resort are breathtaking ocean, island and mountain views. The area around the hotel is very walkable with a trail along the cliffside.

Explore the world renowned Halong Bay

Junk boat is the popular way to see the hundreds of islands in the bay which is a UNESCO world heritage site.


Junk boat is the most popular way to explore Ha Long Bay. Many of the junks do overnight trips, although we just did a day trip and it was fantastic. Our young captain had grown up on Ha Long Bay living on a junk in poverty and had seen the changes that tourism had brought to the area. It was a heartwarming story.



Where We Stayed- Cat Ba Island Resort

The resort is 10-minutes by car from Beo Port, which has connections to Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba Main Port is a 15 minute walk. Cat Ba National Park is 10 km from the resort. Walkable to Cat Ba Town Centre. It’s a lovely 15 minute stroll into this popular seaside city which is the hub for the island. It has great restaurants and plenty of sights to see.


All rooms have  views of the ocean and air conditioning and are very nicely appointed. Ours had a balcony overlooking the resort and bay.

Onsite the Sea Shore Restaurant serves meals and a buffet breakfast. The Pirate Bar is a unique underground bar with a pirate theme.

Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa hotel lobby

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