Cat Ba

Leaving Cat Ba to return to Hanoi and points south. Enjoyed
staying here. Nice views of limestone mountains (karsts) rising
dramatically from the sea and floating villages. Fishermen were
taking care of nets, boats, food, ice and generally coming and
going all hours of the day and night. Hired a woman to row us
around the harbor in a rowboat made of bamboo with tar coating the
bottom. Went on a tourist junk for a full day and kayaked twice in
chilly, windy weather. Saw a local New Year’s Eve community program with singing and dancing. Our harbor-view hotel room on the 8th floor was very affordable at $10 per night.

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