Two days of ceaselessly jaw-dropping kayaking off Cat Ba Island and Buffalo Head Island in Lan Ha Bay. Cool mist, rare cat Ba langur monkeys (we saw perhaps 12 of the existing 100 doing their huge acrobatics in the flimsy brush tops), golden monkeys, endless carved limestone islets, Pthalo green water, rocked to sleep on a small junk, delicious fresh caught seafood. Grateful to our guide who knew the tide tables well enough to get us through the caves into the hidden lagoons and back out before we were caught inside. Floating permanent fishing villages.
One peaceful night on an islet off of Nam Cat Island. Our small water taxi dropped us off quickly and with no instructions. We had the place to ourselves for a bit - no staff until dinner when they boated over from another island and no other guests. Sleeping over the water with waves gently lapping the limestone cliff behind our bungalow.
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