What could be more memorable for overnight on the navy floating house, bike to explore the fishing village of Viet Hai… Few people may suspect that there is an interesting journey waiting for you when traveling Lan Ha Bay.
Overnight on Lan Ha Bay
Leave Hanoi for Hai Phong on free speed highway. 2 hours. Then we bought the hydro boat to Cat Ba island. Where the boat arrived is Ben Beo wharf then fro here we get on traditional junk gliding in the midst of the mountains. looking for a deserted beach and dropping the group down to “swim” to get bored and then back to the boat.
It’s wonderful time to discover the beautiful bay by kayak. It make everyone happy cheer, take advantage of the rowing boat rowing paddle to know how the kayak.
The feeling of “loneliness” between Lan Ha Bay, while somewhere on the side of Cat Co beach. There are lots of people intermingled on the sand, high price rooms, eateries are not easy to find, hard to describe.
It has just made us rejoice, but also made us see the back, breathe slowly, breathlessly a little space, the sky, hills and sea. Where only the sound of boat waves and brittle laughter pardon friends on the side.
Leaving the island without a name, we continued on the boat to the family house. Where the young naval officers were waiting. The lagoon is quite wide with the wooden walkways transposed along the green lobes, the middle is the fish cage or seafood such as oysters…
There are a few small houses scattered in the floating space, the living space of the guest, the kitchen, fresh water bath. In front of our room is large enough balcony to sit.
Many of my friends have been here, on these paths, in front of the small house, playing like little children. As birds fly, fish jump in the blue ocean water, swim into a sandy cliffs at the foot of the far away, fresh water bath on the head of the water. After that we have a wonderful fresh seafood on floating house. Drink some cold beers, Chatting with friend under the silent sky.
Night. Twilight ranges between the sea and the sky make the picture even more illusory. A glass of wine, a cup of tea, a whisper. That wonderful to get a good dream.
Visit Viet Hai fishing village
When dawn wakes up. Sleeping late does not make us late. Breakfast with homemade coffee and a cup of self-made noodles, with some seafood.
It’s time to say good bye to host family and continue trip to Viet Hai fishing village. It’s the most common approach of this place. We traveled through Cat Ba National Park and slept here. So this trip we joked together “a trip back home”.
At the boat dock there are already many bicycles available for rent to pedal down the trail along the mountain – sea and through the forest. We saw many foreigner tourist along the road to Viet Hai village. This can be considered as unique and attractive destination for tours in Cat Ba island.
I believe a lot of visitors feel as surprised as I was when surfing on the trail from the boat landing into the fishing village Viet Hai. Blue lagoons are quietly nestled at the foot of the limestone range extending to the horizon. The path goes through the canopy of shady trees, the green fields, the small houses.
Viet Hai fishing village is sparsely populated, yet pristine and less touristy. But the people are extremely friendly and hospitable. They are ready to invite guests to rest on the sidewalk, drink a glass of water. Especially patient explain the hibachis…
Our bike ride is more exciting and engaging than ever by simple casual explorations, even under the hot summer weather.
Take a circle around the village, set lunch if you want. There are some family cooking food for visitors. The most wonderful view is trekking to the peak of Viet Hai Village. From here we will se panorama view of Ha Long Bay also Lan Ha Bay. Also have chance to explore the rich flora and fauna of Cat Ba National Park.
For a weekend, many people may just surf the bike through Viet Hai fishing village, meet and chat with some simple people of this land. Then slowly back to the boat landing on the train back. with life in the hustle town.
But you, you will find two days worthwhile weekend if you decide to sleep on Cruise Lan Ha Bay and spend half a day on the Vietnamese wanderers.