Exploring Ha Long Bay, day 2 | Vietnam

First up after breakfast was a sail to Cat Ba island. There, we boarded a minibus and made our way to a national park on the island. We all got onto crappy Chinese bicycles and rode down the road to another cave system. Everyone went in except for me: I didn’t feel like paying to see yet another cave. Travis said that it was actually interesting: it had been completely transformed inside as a residence for soldiers during the Vietnam (American) War.

bike ride

We rode back to the bus, got on the bus and got back to the docks. We then got onto a different boat and headed to Monkey Island, our home for the night. The island has a public beach, but the rest is all kept private and there is only one hotel on it, ours. We were assigned little bamboo and wood bungalows and then set free to explore and do as we wish. We decided to go for a kayak ride after playing with the resorts’ puppies.


resort beach
cuteness overload


taking to the sea

Back at the resort we joined up with everyone for a quick hike to the public beach to see some monkeys. I also don’t really like monkeys, but I decided to go anyway. It was a good thing, because the views from the top were stunning!

the public beach
public beach
view from the top
marine life
view of the resort

After a tasty and abundant dinner we mingled with fellow travelers and joined in for karaoke. It was so much fun, I nearly lost my voice. I’ll be kind and spare you the video… 🙂


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Canadian girl living in Texas, off to see the world when she can!
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