As indicated earlier in the blog, I normally shy away from organized tours but I may have to reevaluate this philosophy after our trip with Cat Ba Ventures on Lan Ha Bay. Our guide Hang was charming and gave us just enough information along the way to make it interesting. He also knew when to leave us alone to enjoy the scenery. Lunch onboard was excellent. Travelling as a couple we sometimes get stuck in your own ways and it was refreshing to connect with other travellers and hear their experiences. The group included visitors from France, Germany, Holland, Norway, India, Russia and other Eastern European countries.
Lan Ha Bay is part of the famed Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including 2.000 islets, most of which are limestone. We passed through mind blowing scenery and fishing villages right on the water. We stopped at a fish farm and gained further insight into how a community lives on the water. Amazing.