πŸ“Έβ€Šβ€”β€ŠHanoi, Cat Ba & Ha Long Bay,Β Vietnam

The last leg of the trip was spent checking the box of β€œ βœ… See Ha Long Bay”. We read that it was much cleaner to view the bay from Cat Ba island, since Ha Long is covered in trash and it all washes up on the beach.

So Cat Ba was a bus, speed boat and 2nd bus ride away. We learned about the fisherman village made of floating houses on the river, which was really cool and took a 6 hour tour around the islands to see all the limestone mountains. It was beautiful!

We learned that in Vietnam, only 40% of people know how to swim. And more people die every year from drowning… than they do from motorbike accidents (if you see the number of bikes on the road.. and how they drive.. that is hard to believe)

After time on the water, we went back to Hanoi to say goodbye to Diane and Pierre as they head back to Montreal, and we set off on a new journey to Thailand.

Thanks guys for a great three weeks!!!

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On Cat Ba island 5,000 people live on land, and 4,000 live on the water. These are fish farmersβ€Šβ€”β€Šthey make net like cages in the water and grow fish to sell to Chinese buyers. They live with solar panels to generate energy however, when the sun doesn’t shine, they have no hot water for showers, no music, no internet, no tv and no karaoke. What a life.
These limestone mountains are carved by the water below. And after thousands of years you can every once and a while see one collapse from the bottom and sink to the bottom of shallow water.
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