Last day on Cát Bà, till next time Vietnam!

We had some time before our water taxi back to the main island, so we took a hike to a hidden cove behind the island some. A friendly local worker guided us to the trailhead and we walked through a lovely forest to get to it.

The flag marked the way.

There was a structure on the beach, which could have been some fisherman’s dwelling.

Mitsy points to an unoccupied cove, “We could live on that spot there” she says.

It’s not easy to see, but the hillside in the photo above was thick with dragonfly swarms.

Back in the area of the hotel, we wait at the dock and wave good bye to Cat Ong!

The light fishing boat was on when we passed by, it’s very bright even during the day.

We take a bus back to Hanoi, and wander around the night markets looking for gifts for our loved ones. The streets were busy with dancing, shopping, eating and just hanging out. It was awesome to see such a vibrant scene.

Back in Tokyo now, we take some time for some R&R, eating good food, hitting up our favorite food marts (7Eleven is bomb in Japan) and then checked out Disney Sea!

Cát Ông Island

We traveled to another nook of the Cat Ba area, this time a ‘private’ island. Having spent some time in the city, and dropping off some laundry, we took another water taxi to the island. We were greeted with party music and what seemed to be the manager of the operation.

Large light fishing vessel above. After settling into the room, we went for a little walk around the eastern part of the island.

We noticed a family of at least three goats on one of the small islands.

Half of the place was still under construction. Below, we spent a lot of time just lounging around on the beach.

We hung out on the balcony, and I got a few cocktails.

Before sunset, the bartender told me he was throwing a party for us all, he said there would be alcohol with a sparkle in his eye. I think the rest of the people staying there just wanted to hang out in their cottages, because the place was a ghost town haha.

The massive light in the horizon is one of those light fishing boats. Lights attract the small critters, and they attract small fish, small fish attract bigger fish. It’s a simple but effective mechanic.