Tuesday, 1 February 2011

8 September 2001

Up early for the tour to Cat Ba, the pick up at the hotel turned out to be a guide coming to the hotel and walking us a few streets away to where we waited for a bus.

We stopped briefly at a horific place called the Centre for Handicapped Children where kids without legs make souveniers and visitors watch them like zoo animals. On to Ha Long bay for lunch then out on a boat. Breathtaking scenery but a lot of tour boats. Stopped at a cave with lit walkways from the landing stage and for some people to swim in the sea.

Cat Ba Town extends out to sea with floating houses round the harbour where we pulled in. A local bus took us ten minutes into town to the hotel where due to a mixup I got a double ensuite room to myself. In the evening I met up with two Swedish girls and an American bloke who kept telling us he was clinically insane.

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