After an eventful first part of our trip with a hectic capitol, mountain climbing, asian transportation and the gnarly day with Asia Outdoors, we felt the need to wind down. This is, after all, is our vacation!
Cat Ba town is a pretty small place consisting of a docks and the buildings surrounding this. Nevertheless after a small scouting trip we found a mostly abandoned resort with nice sun beds with a parasol, table and soft mattresses. It was guarded by no less than 4 sleeping Vietnameese men that eventually came around enough to take a small rental fee. We spent the better part of the next two days lounging in the sun with the occational break to take a swim in the sea or eating "flaid lais". We had recently met a very sociel English couple on the way from Hanoi. Before heading in different directions we agreed to join them for a dinner and one million dong worth of beer.
Not being able to lay still for too long we took small walks around the island exploring the scenery in the evenings. On our trips we got to know the place a bit better and managed to try most of the eateries within walking distance. We tried many of the local foods, but found our favourite in the Vitetnameese coffe with sweet milk. It is a special type of coffee that brews in front of you on top of condensed sweet milk. After brewing you add ice kubes and give it a swirl. Simply delicious!
The rest of the days was spent eating, sunbathing and getting massages. One day I joined the locas in a football match. There was a surprising ammount of bickering amongst the otherwise chill staff from Asia Outdoors, but eventually we got to playing and from then on it was all fun. It was very nice playing football again after so many years and it felt good to be moving again. The heat had us westeners pouring sweat after just a few minutes, making shoulder tackles a somewhat sticky affair. Luckilly we had brought enough water.
On the way back I felt a really good vibe from the city so Cecilie and me got dressed and tried our luck. Eventually we found a place where we could play our own music and Cecilie got appaluse from a gang of Spanish bakcpackers when Manowar - Battle Hymn was cranked to full volume.
Next stop Krabi, Thailand.