Ha Long Bay, part IPosted: October 1, 2012
Debbi and I had a great time in Ha Long Bay. We stayed on Cat Ba Island, the biggest island south of the bay, and again, I was so glad we chose to go in the off-season instead of during the summer, because the place was nearly deserted and everything was so much cheaper. Also, we were blessed with sunshine for three whole days! It’s funny, but we did get the perfect weather for whatever place we were going to – when we were in Sapa it was cold and rainy, which is perfect for the mountain, and when we were at the beach it was warm and sunny.
On the first day, we got to the island after a 5-hour bus and boat ride, had a quick lunch, then headed straight for the beach. I’m not much of a beach person (oh who am I kidding? I’m not a beach person at all), but when we got to the quiet little crescent of sand with its sun and wind and emerald water, even I wanted to go swimming. Of course then I remembered that I can’t swim, so I just waded a little bit and did some beach combing. Afterward we walked along the cliff that rises up from the sea back to town, enjoyed the view of the bay, and had dinner at a floating restaurant. It was a good first day.
And here’s the highlight of the day – a hilarious mistranslated menu (we didn’t go into this restaurant. We didn’t feel like eating people who are already being held prisoners by, uh, Larry the Cable Guy?)