So let the real journey begin!
I’ve wanted to do this unbelievable journey/dream since I watched the Top Gear team do it a few years back. It’s not for the faint hearted and involves 1800km of all kindsa craziness. But anyone who knows me or watches my periscope know that I just want to go where know one else goes, reach those unseen places and generally have some fun at the same time and when 3G permits Scope it!!! (follow me on Periscope @EntrepreneurOAJ).
Day 1 Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island
Setting off from my Hai Phong base, I head to the ferry terminal to travel with my bike to Cat Ba Island, which is located in the Halong Bay. I was in Cat Ba back in March and loved it, but didn’t see everything I wanted too, so It makes a great place to start this epic 1800km journey.
Never felt so sick on a ferry ride!
Talk about bumpy, as I travelled out from the Hai Phong estuary the sea got that wee bit choppy, as my stomach churned I expected at any moment to run for the door to vomit overboard. Fortunately I wasn’t sick and managed to do a few Periscopes of the journey.
Arrival at Cat Ba Island port
After 3 hours up, down side to side, I was here WOOP! All I need was my bike and I was outta there and on the hunt for a hotel for the night. I found a reasonable priced hotel for 250,000Dong not bad, about $10 situated on the 4th floor overlooking the spectacular bay area.
The best location to view Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay
I knew from my previous visit to Cat Ba, there was a cracking viewing point from Fort Cannon an old war fort situated at one of the highest points on Cat Ba, if not the highest point. After a paying the 40,000Dong entrance fee $2 I made my way up the steep winding road on my bike.
All I can say is be prepared to be blown away by the view.
When you arrive at the top you don’t immediately see the views, you first need to make your way through the concrete trenches, which is quite interesting, with massive anti aircraft guns and hidden stores.
As you exit the trench the spectacular landscape opens up in front of you like and can only truly be appreciated through the naked eye. And only images can fully show the beauty to anyone that hasn’t visited before. No question, Cat Ba Island is for sure the Jewel of Vietnam
All I can say is busy busy, big change from when I was here in March. It’s now the holiday season so the place is mobbed with tourists and touts wanting your money, not my idea of fun, so I had a quick walk around had some food and did a couple Periscopes before heading back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for seeing the sun rise. Check my Day 2 Blog for pics
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