Halong Bay

The Ultimate Cat Ba Island Travel Guide

September 9th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Everyone wants to visit the iconic Halong Bay. The most popular way of doing so is via the Halong Bay cruises also popularly known as the Halong Bay ‘junk boats’. The problem with these cruises however is the fact that they are very expensive and don’t fit into the backpacker budget. Luckily there is [...]

Paying A Visit To Cat Ba National Park

April 19th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Cat Ba island in Halong Bay (Vietnam) has a lot to offer as far as trekking is concerned. The treks range from easy to difficult. I find this particularly good for trekkers  because the paths are then open for people with all kinds of experience. You can pick a trail that suits you quite easily. [...]

Butterfly Valley: How Many Butterflies Did You Say?

April 4th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

We had four nights to spend on Cat Ba island in Halong Bay Vietnam. Definitely more than enough time to explore the place and definitely enough time to unwind and relax! It was on one of these lazy days that we decided to head out to see the Butterfly valley in Cat Ba. Not many [...]

THINGS TO DO IN CAT BA: Experience beauty up close!

February 2nd, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Vietnam has often been represented by a stretch of coast called Halong Bay. Interestingly enough this bay is compromised of numerous islands that have a karst topography. It is a landscape that has been admired and will be admired for centuries to come. Often the tours that take you through Halong Bay are very [...]

The Island Where Monkeys Reign Supreme

January 5th, 2017|Asia, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Monkey island is situated in the Halong Bay (Vietnam) and is a popular tourist attraction. Almost all the tours that leave from Cat Ba island will list or encourage you to visit this island. Neither Shawn nor I were particularly interested in seeing any more monkeys after our episode in Indonesia. You can’t however change [...]


January 4th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

When you look at caves and mountains, you think of bears and probably other wild animals that live in the forest. On Cat ba island in Halong bay (Vietnam) the first thing that sprouts to mind is a hospital. Strange as it may seem the hospital is actually built in one of the large limestone [...]


January 4th, 2017|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Cannon fort has become one of the most popular view points on Cat ba island (Vietnam) because it offers different vantage points that look out over the Halong bay. At times it is quite easy to forget that this fort has a lot of history within itself. Encompassing a large area of land the fort [...]

LITTLE CAT BA: A Refuge by the water

December 24th, 2016|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

Like always we booked our accommodation way in advance. With the Christmas season closing in on us we were worried that the home stays on Cat Ba island (Halong Bay, Vietnam) would be booked out. Shawn settled on a quaint home stay called the Little Cat Ba. We did run into a little trouble when [...]

HALONG BAY: It Was Love At First Sight!

December 21st, 2016|Asia, Destinations, Halong Bay, Vietnam|

There is much that one must learn when one travels. Shawn and I are not particularly fond of tours but sometimes there is no option but to take one. When we do take one it is usually the day tours and we are particularly picky when we choose. In Halong Bay (Vietnam) a Cat Ba [...]