Cat Ba Island

Trip Start Jan 07, 2009
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Friday, April 3, 2009

  We headed from sapa to hanoi and then to an island called Cat Ba in the famous Halong bay. We had trouble getting an honest answer about the best way to get there. It seems like everyone is out to get a referral fee from tour agencies. In the end we should have just used an agency and coasted along but I just couldn't bring myself to do that yet.



I was off-season on Cat Ba which seemed to make the touts completely frantic for your business. People were constantly trying to sell you pearls, food, hookers, motorbikes, and tours. Everything we did turned into some sort of scam so we just rented some motorbikes and spent the days cruising around the island. There is a wildlife preserve there for some nearly extinct Monkeys. I guess there are only like 60 left which explains why we didn't see any. We did, though, hear some. I will post a picture where we heard them and maybe you can get the idea. Sorry avid readers this entry is just about pictures so chek em out
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