Hiking through Cat Ba National park - a small jungle adventure
The food on the ship was excellent
One of the many swimming villages in the area
This lady on her "swimming supermarket"
A lighthouse
Mr. Tung's (Cat Ba Ventures) # 18 - our home for 2 days and a night
A cave - a long time ago, people used to live in those
This guy brought us to our cosy accommodation - a lonely island resort called Nam Cat
Our bungalow @ Nam Cat - very quiet when David was asleep ;-)
View from the beach @ Nam Cat right before our boat tour
Lan Ha Bay, the start of our boat tour with many small rocks
You see a lot of such nice boats, for many people their home (see the clothes?)
Slightly different Vietnamese approach to steer a boat
One of the white (and bigger) ships from Halong City
El Capitán - ok, I was only the fake captain

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The Halong Bay area in northern Vietnam is a UNESCO world heritage site. Close to it, you can find Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. This area is recognized for its many limestone islands (a few thousand) in the sea.
We have started our trip on Cat Ba Island, hiking through its National Park, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Area. Our guide took us around 15 kilometers to a very small village where we had a late lunch. From there, we cycled to a small port and were taken to Nam Cat - our accomodation for the night. On the next morning, we started a 2 day boat cruise through Lan Ha and Halong Bays. We have seen the swimming villages and did some kayaking into caves. Everything was organized by Mr. Tung, the manager of Cat Ba Ventures.
Unfortunately, the wheather was not always the best and we did not really have a clear sky. Nevertheless it was amazing and nothing I would regret. Definitely a place to re-visit in the warmer and clear months.