The wonderful vista which shows some of the most incredible views of Halong Bay is the main attraction at Cannon Fort. The views are sublime. The jungle terrain flows down the karsts which pop up all around you. Below the hilltops are fishermen rolling around the clear, turquoise sea. It is extremely picturesque. This is a 100% camera moment.
The best part of Cannon Fort is that the view is just the icing on the cake. This is a complete attraction akin to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Travellers here can go underground to navigate through bunkers and tunnels. You can see the hiding places of general, the war planning rooms of the army and places where the army rested during quiet periods. Japan invaded Vietnam during WW11, and this is evidence to show how it was achieved.
Trenches can be explored as well as two old shooting areas. The whole area is now a museum. There’s a small indoor museum with further information about Cannon Fort and the Japanese invasion. You can get a coffee and absorb the fabulous views after an insightful couple of hours learning about Vietnam’s turbulent 20th century. Then you see the views, take a deep breath and understand something. This was the view they were fighting for. Cannon Fort is 10-15 minutes’ walk from Cat Ba Main Town.
Cannon Fort is just outside of Cat Ba Main Town. Entrance fee is 40,000 VND.