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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island December 28th 2012

Na een dagje bijkomen in Saigon zijn we verder gereisd naar Cat Bai Island met het doel de Halong Bay te bezoeken. Geboekt met Jet Star airlines. Een budget maatschappij waar Ryan air nog wat van kan leren. De vliegtuigen lijken iig afdankertjes van Ryan; oude 737's waarvan de leren bekleding uitgedroogd en versleten is en die er van buiten niet al te best onderhouden uitzien. Voor het opstijgen vragen we ons af af het wel zo een goed plan was aangezien het vliegtuig toch wat doet denken aan de bussen in Laos/Cambodja (ja, die ene die halfweg de geest gegeven heeft). De vlucht viel mee (hoewel de pneumatiek toch wat schokkerig ging) en veilig kwamen we aan in Hai Phong. Hier een taxi genomen richting de pier waar we met de boot naar Cat Bai ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island November 20th 2012

Halong Bay was a 'must do' for us in Vietnam despite all the negative reports we had heard on it, so it was with slight trepidation that we booked a trip on a junk boat to see the famous karsts. We shopped around the many travel agencies in Hanoi to find one we were happy with and one which could arrange a one day tour of the bay for us but instead of returning to Hanoi, it would then drop us on the island of Cat Ba where we could spend a few days at our leisure...these few days coincided with my Birthday and turned out to be the highlight of our trip so far and the best decision we could have made! So, after hunting around Hanoi for ages for a travel agent who we ... read more
Beautiful bays
Happy Birthday Vics!
Mystical Halong Bay

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island November 12th 2012

Our transportation to Cat Ba was simple yet complicated. Simple because we paid for one ticket that got us from our hotel in Hanoi to Cat Ba Town; complicated because it involved a number of modes of transportation. First we were taken by xe om (moto-taxi) to the bus station. It was about 7am so the traffic wasn't bad thank goodness. Next we hopped on a bus that took us to Haiphong. Haiphong was hit pretty hard by the typhoon; trees and electrical lines were down all over the place and some roofs were missing, but they seem to be sort of used to cleaning up and dealing with this sort of thing in South-East Asia. Everyone was working together to clean up the typhoons mess. From the centre of Haiphong (we had switched onto a ... read more
View from the Hospital Cave
Inside the Hospital Cave
Railing protecting us from death

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island September 11th 2012

Hej derhjemme Efter en enkelt aften i Ho Chi Minh, hvor den stod på pubcrawl og Tiger i rigelige mængder, tog vi et fly til Hanoi. Herfra en helt vanvittig taxatur/færgetur til en ø der hedder Cat Ba som ligger mellem Halong Bay og Lan Ha Bay. Øen en klippeø klædt i et grønt tæppe af jungle og det meste af øen er samtidig en national park. Vi har da også været ude og smage lidt på junglen og besteget et mindre bjerg. Derudover er der laguner med de mest fantastiske strande som i kan se :) Vejret er dejligt, vi har kun haft en times regn da vi landede i Ho Chi Minh, på Cat Ba er der varmt varmt varm og luftfigtigheden er helt oppe og ringe - på vores tur i nationalparken gik ... read more
På toppen af "bjerget"
En meget dejlig strand

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island August 16th 2012

Day 26 - Snorkelling in Lan Ha Bay, boat trip to Monkey Island The dreaded pancakes for breakfast. It was a majority vote, so I just got on and forced it down, again! This morning a small group of us have booked a private boat to go snorkelling. There is Ben, Roisin, Britty, Renske, Nadia and me. We got picked up at about 8.30 to be taken to the harbour. I always worry about the state of the boat; again, it was a good boat. Good choice girls! Everyone enjoyed the snorkelling, all seeing plenty of different stuff. Amberlee seemed to be out the most, and also went further afield than anyone else. I was back to the boat first as I was having problems with my eye......and my mask. That is another box ticked for ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island August 15th 2012

Day 25 -Free day in Cat Ba A good nights sleep, followed by an early breakfast. Bread and jam, quite enjoyed it, but could have eaten the same again! Today we have decided to go up to a view point. Maybe this is the one where I will get the photo that will sit next to the one from Ko Phi Phi on my dining room wall!n we opted to get the bus up, then walk down. This was a very good decision. In the group was Britty, Nadia, Matt, Rachel, Roisin, Thanh, Son and me. The views were as described....amazing! It was so hot at the top, but this was also because by the time we had looked around it was about noon. The main reason for going to the viewpoint was the The Cannon ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island August 14th 2012

Day 24 - Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island Not up too early this morning. 8am natural wake up too! Shared a room with Roisin, felt sorry for her having to put up with my snoring! I did ask her if it was bad, but she said I was ok last night, that was maybe a bit kind of her!! I had breakfast, bread and jam, funny bread, but still a welcome change! We all went off to the beach to catch a couple of hours of sun. The beach was really quiet, which was good for us as we cause such a stare! Mind you, it does look funny; 16 of us all lined up. Britty and I had a funny conversion about how we were all like food on a barbecue, turning at regular ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island July 29th 2012

Dear All Wow, what an amazing place to be writing this blog update from. I am in the middle of a rice-paddied tiny village on an island just off the coast of northern Vietnam, in the Gulf of Tonkin, just on the edge of the spectacular Halong Bay. Arrived here yesterday in one of the most incredible journeys I’ve ever taken, and I’m looking forward very much to updating on these last couple of days towards the end of my blog. But first of all the link to my last blog, which I last wrote in the imperial Vietnamese city of Hue, Central Vietnam. The day after writing this, I cut out another potential overnight bus journey and caught a plane to Hanoi from Hue airport, which itself was surprisingly in the news (BBC website) the ... read more
Rice Paddies
Halong Bay
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island May 22nd 2012

After leaving Sapa we went back to Hanoi for one night and then took a local bus to Cat Ba Island. We decided to go to Cat Ba Island instead of Halong because we have heard good things about it and it's basically Halong minus the tourist crowds. It's really easy to arrange the trip by yourself without booking with an agent. Just go to the Loung Yen bus station and there you can buy a ticket for VND220000 that includes the bus, a minibus to the ferry port, the ferry and a minibus to Cat Ba Island. The journey takes about 4 hours door to door and is really easy. All the accommodation is pretty much on the sea front and they offer good deals. We found a nice one for $10 with lovely sea ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island April 26th 2012

Fourteen hours on a bus and I go from mid-point Vietnam in Danang to the Northern capital of Hanoi. But I will leave this city for another time and skip over instead to Cat Ba, the largest island of Halong Bay. Halong Bay (and Lan Ha Bay which is the same thing just different province) is supposedly one of those "must see wonders" of the world. Legend says the karst mountains, at a distance appearing as one continuous chain but which are in fact separated by quiet coves and smooth expanses of water, were created by the tail of a passing dragon rising and falling as his wings carried him further inland. Most of the islands are uninhabited, there being few places to dock a boat and building a house on sheer rock face an engineering ... read more
Fisherman's house and boat
Fishermen in Lan Ha Bay
Halong Bay

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