Cruisin' around Cat Ba Island

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November 22nd 2005
Published: December 4th 2005
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We decided to pass on the much used tour package to Cat Ba Island and chose instead to do it ourselves. In the morning, we jumped on cyclos (bike cabs) for the ride to train station. It was a bit unearvy being in traffic on highways with trucks and cars while sitting on a chair being pushed by a bicycle. We caught the local train for 2.5 hours to HaiPhong during which I spent an hour practicing ... Read Full Entry

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Our trusty vesselOur trusty vessel
Our trusty vessel

Our small junk boat anchors awaiting our return from spelunking.
Another caveAnother cave
Another cave

The view looking out into the bay from the cave.

The entire group enjoys the not-so-warm water of the bay while Tamar remains on the boat.
Monkey IslandMonkey Island
Monkey Island

One of the stops for the day was Monkey Island where of course you can see monkeys. I got up close and personal with this one after feeding him some mango.
Row, Row, Row your boatRow, Row, Row your boat
Row, Row, Row your boat

A local lady donning the customary hat for protection against the sun rows here boat in the harbor.
Tea Time againTea Time again
Tea Time again

I sit on the street corner and enjoy some tea with the local vendors.
Gulf of TonkinGulf of Tonkin
Gulf of Tonkin

I swim off Cat 2 beach
Boat back to HanoiBoat back to Hanoi
Boat back to Hanoi

We sit on the top level of the Junk boat back to Ha Long city and then on back to Hanoi. It is sunny but the temperature is a bit chilly.
Passing JunkPassing Junk
Passing Junk

A junk boat with its sails up passes us in the bay.
Me and street cleaner in Halong CityMe and street cleaner in Halong City
Me and street cleaner in Halong City

As Tamar and I eat lunch away from the rest of the group, I snap this photo with a street cleaner.

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