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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Lina and Carola (Germany), Arancha, Marina, Monica and Teresa (Spain), Markus (Germany)
We arrived onto Cat Ba Island and got taken for a 2 hour trek by an old Vietnamese guide. After climbing to the summit of a mountain, for some beautiful views across the island and down to the bay, we went on to see an old anti aircraft shelter, used in the Vietnam War against the Americans. The guide was 70 years old and combined with bad English and a lack of breath, he wrote down all of what he was trying to tell us! Quite a good idea as some of the pronunciation in Vietnam and China was often quite hard to understand.
We headed to our hotels for some lunch and to make sure there were no rats present, instead just a pool of dog urine on the stairs, so definitely a step up in class! Next stop was a short boat ride followed by a spot of kayaking.
The final stop of the day was Monkey Island and just after landing, we heard that a group of monkeys had gathered by the toilets on the island. Excited, we dashed up the beach, to be greeted by around 10 monkeys. We were told to slowly go back to the beach and they would follow us. The guide said they bite and also chase people who run away from them, all of which we thought was a bit of a joke.
After a spot of Dinner we headed out with the rest of our group and i had to laugh at Julia wearing a skirt with her trainers as she had no more trousers! We headed to a cool little bar on the beach front and chilled out on the bean bags until closing time. The most memorable thing about the night was 2 Australian guys, too drunk to have a clue about anything other than the fact they had been locked out of their hotel!