The Woodstock Beach Camp is a cool backpacker hostel on Cat Ba Island, in Vietnam. Cat Bat Island? It is the biggest island on Cat Ba Archipelago, right next to the world famous Ha Long Bay. One of the most iconic Vietnamese landscapes, known for its emerald waters and thousand limestone islands.

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  • Location Advantage and Neighborhood

    The hostel is located on a private beach, around 8km from Cat Ba city.

    You absolutely need private transport to get here. Highly recommended to rent a scooter!

    You can arrange a motorbike rental directly with Woodstock Hostel or get one directly from a rental shop near the pier. You can also take a taxi here, it will cost you around 200VDN (Vietnamese Dong).

    Although or actually because it’s tucked away from the city itself, we love the location!

    You have a private beach at your door step and no tourist crowds strolling around.

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  • All room types at Woodstock Beach Camp

    Private Room Types available: Quadruple room, Triple room, Tent

    Shared Room Types available: Bed in mixed dorm, Hammock

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We introduce you to Woodstock Beach Camp, its location, and share our first-hand experience with you. We share sweet tips and tricks on how to enjoy Ha Long Bay.

No doubt, it is an absolute must-visit in Vietnam.

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So, let’s see what makes Woodstock Beach Camp so good.

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Beach in front of Woodstock Beach Camp

Beach Woodstock Beach Camp, Cat Ba

Woodstock Beach Camp in a review …

We started our Vietnamese adventure in Hanoi.

Here we chose NEXY Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Hanoi, as our home base. When in Hanoi, you obviously have to visit Ha Long Bay.

That’s a no-brainer.

We posted this story of our first night in Hanoi.

We met students talking to foreigners to improve their English.

It was just after that story when we got the invite to stop by Woodstock Hostel.

„Woodstock hostel? That’s a famous one!“, said a fellow traveler.

Eat and Stay at Woodstock Beach Camp

Where to get the Ferry to Woodstock Beach Camp

We took our two motorbikes and went over to Haiphong. From there you can take a direct ferry to Cat Ba Island.

We paid 150k Vietnamese Dong (VND) per person and another 150k VND per bike.

It felt quite expensive, as when we came back, we took the ferry to Ha Long City instead of Haiphong. However, the ferry we took brought us directly to the pier in Cat Ba Island.

The ferry from Ha Long City to Cat Ba island was only 70k VND (Photo for reference)

Scenic ferry ride from Ha Long city to CatBa island

There is another possibility to go to Cat Ba Island from Haiphong with a cheaper (and slower ferry), you have all the ferry schedules on Cat Ba Vietnam website.

Once in Cat Ba Pier, we got our bikes back and went on the way to Woodstock. That brings us to its location.

The hostel is located on a private beach, around 8km from Cat Ba city.

Relaxing at Woodstock Beach Camp beach

Facilities: Bar, restaurant, beach-tents

Once you arrive at Woodstock Beach Camp, there is no reason to leave.

You have an in-house restaurant, serving western and Vietnamese food.

There is also a bar which opens in the evening, selling drinks for a reasonable price. It is just across the street from the hostel.

This way you can either sleep or have a drink with the fellow travelers.

Volunteers and travelers have built different facilities around the bar, like the beach swing aka hammock.

Woodstock Beach Camp Beach Bar

Swing it! at Woodstock Beach Camp

Where to stay in Woodstock Beach Camp

The Woodstock offers different sleeping facilities, covering different budgets and types of traveler:

  • Triple Room
  • Quadruple Room
  • Bunk Bed Dorm
  • Hammocks (the cheapest option)
  • Beach Tent (directly on the beach)

Here is our overview of all different room types at hostels.

You can check their availability directly with booking.com.

With this booking promo code, you can get 15$ discount off your stay.

Sleep in a tent at Woodstock Beach Camp

Events and atmosphere

This is what will make you stay longer!

Woodstock is well-known for its laid-back ambiance.

You can join yoga classes at the beach, play some volleyball, have a drink at the bar at night, join the daily family dinner or the day tour to Ha Long Bay.

Our experience: We loved the family dinner and meet really nice people.

We joined the private day tour from Woodstock Hostel. We were 6 people in total, enjoying the big cruise to ourselves.

Just hanging around Woodstock Beach Camp

Family dinner at Woodstock Beach Camp

Private tour Ha Long Bay with Woodstock

Have a look at our photo story from Ha Long Bay Photo Gallery.

The Woodstock is a real backpacker place, a mix of laid-back during the day and party-mingle vibe at night.

Here you can find the 7 different types of hostels.

The Verdict?

Woodstock beach Camp is a great hostel.

We absolutely loved our time here.

It is the perfect choice if you are looking for a tranquil location with backpackers to meet.

Having fun on the beach!

We thoroughly recommend their private tour to Ha Long Bay.

You can join the tour even if you are not staying at the hostel. Just call them to ask for their tour and current prices. Our day trip to the Ha Long Bay included also kayaking and lunch.

It was $20 per person (last update: April 2017).

Due to their location, we recommend renting a motorbike.

For many fellow travelers, riding a scooter turns to be the top on the ice during their Vietnam trip!

You can rent a motorbike directly with Woodstock or at the pier once you arrive.

Time to swim during Ha Long Bay Tour

Having fun with a motorbike

Unfortunately, Uber is not working on Cat Ba, but for the rest of Vietnam, it is very helpful!

If you are traveling in Vietnam, make sure you download Uber application.

You can also get discounts with our promo code for Uber.

Cat Ba vs. Ha Long Bay

Last but not least, here our tips for visiting Ha Long Bay.

The bay of Ha Long City is the famous one, it is recognized by the UNESCO.

However, and this is important to consider, the Bay around Cat Ba island, named Lan Ha Bay, looks exactly the same.

It is also dotted with gorgeous limestone landscape.

The difference is, basically, the recognition (and tourist volume).

Cat Ba island has the famous floating village nearby.

Another major difference: In Ha Long Bay you will experience many more tourists boats than in Cat Ba.

Therefore, we recommend you stay on Cat Ba Island for at least one night and join a day tour from here. It is less crowded, cheaper and you’ll have a much richer experience.

Also, you will be able to enjoy stunning sunsets like this one.

Floating Village Cat Ba Island

Sunset time in Cat Ba Island

 

What else we cover on Vietnam

We wrote up more articles during our 3 months trip in Vietnam.

On our journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, we have experienced so many wonderful things.

Our travel tips Vietnam here:

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Hostel Packing List

Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.

The most important things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down
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Update October, 2018: How to find flight deals to Cat Ba Island?

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