How long to Halong (Cat Ba Island, Monkey Island)
Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
144Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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Where I stayed
Sunflower Hotel 1, Cat Ba Island
I don't think I can describe what the sailing was like through Halong Bay. It was unbelievable, nothing beats it for sure. I would of loved to stay on for a while just to relax and chill out and it was so peaceful compared to crazy Hanoi.
We had lunch on the junk and then sailed to see a cave. We walked around the cave and saw some interesting shapes in this cave, one that looked very much like a mans you know what, it was very erect. We got some great scenic shots and then Troy went kayaking. We then went back on board our junk and chilled out for a while and then had dinner. Dinner was nice but so much food. After that we chilled out even more and it looked great watching all the boats around us lit up at night. It was beautiful.
26 MARCH 2010 - After breakfast we sailed thru more beautiful karst mountains and then went to Cat Ba Island where we went to the Cat Ba National Park where we went hiking up the mountain to see the views of the valley. Mary gave up after a while and went back to the bus and walked around checking out the scenery and waiting for 2 hrs for the group to return
We got back to Hanoi and we knew about it - the traffic. At one stage we were in a traffic jam, us in one lane of many and then trucks heading right next to us towards us and then scooters down the middle sort of in a V shape, I was only centimetres away from the scooter rider and trucks very close to us too, I could have leaned out my window and kissed the guy on the scooter he was so close. I wasnt quick enough to get a photo of it, it was insane. This is where I think I had to shut my eyes again, crazy bastards! Driving along the highway you see heaps of women selling big baguettes on the side of the road, who would want one with all the fumes.
We got back to Hanoi guesthouse where it was like home again, where we only spent a few hours repacking our overnight bags and then got the overnight train to Sa Pa