Vietnamese island and current UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Cat Ba will feature a multi-million tourism complex by 2022 after GIICO International Investment Group received the green light for its construction.
Situated to the southeast of Ha Long Bay – a popular existing retreat on personalised Vietnam holidays – Cat Ba is the largest of 366 islands making up the greater Cat Ba Archipelago at 285 square kilometres and of this, 310 hectares will be exclusively reserved for the new complex.
The island is located 150 kilometres southeast of the arrival portal and Vietnamese capital Hanoi and it is this city where the investing body are based.
Given its proximity to the world-renowned Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba also features limestone karsts, amidst idyllic mangroves, coral reefs, lagoons, caves and limestone forests and is currently best explored via boat.
In the future, this fascinating landscape will be able to be explored from the comfort of luxurious resort hotels which will be established alongside a wildlife reserve, hospital and trade centre, not to mention a golf course – a popular draw for many tourists who embark on Asian holidays.
The investment from GIICO comes after many Hanoi-based travel agents scheduled in an overnight stop at Cat Ba Town – located at the southern tip of Cat Ba Island – on the way through to Ha Long Bay.
By establishing first class accommodation and amenities on the island, it is hoped that this north-eastern corner of Vietnam will be visited for far more than Ha Long Bay alone, heading onto the future.