November 29 - December 1, 2015

Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Ha Long Bay, an area famous for it’s ocean karst topography. Many visitors opt for an expensive cruise around Ha Long Bay but from Cat Ba Island you can cruise around Lan Ha Bay for a quarter of the price in an area that’s just as scenic and with far less tourists. I made some friends on the island and we filled our days gliding among giant rock formations, kayaking through emerald-blue waters, biking across the island, and hiking the tropical Cat Ba National Forest.

View of Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba Island

The town of Cat Ba

Boat cruise through Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay

Over 1000 people live in these floating houses in the village of Cai Beo

Our tour guide, who grew up and still lives in one of the floatings houses behind him

Kayak time!

Fun roads with great views

Biking around the island

The crew

Top of Cat Ba National Park

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