We spent the first night on the boat, and the second at Cat Ba Plaza hotel, on Cat Ba Island. In between, we kayaked, went on a two hour hike in the Cat Ba National Park, where we met an old couple who had moved there from the mainland, 20 years ago, and who go out once a month for rice and other supplies but grow everything else themselves.
We ate lunch on a deserted beach (aside from a Parisian couple who were rowed over from their boat for a swim!). All of the meals were wonderful – beautiful and fresh, tasty and filling. The drinks on board were expensive though, easy to spend $10 on beer and water in one day. Still, in the larger scheme of things it wasn’t an issue.
We had such a great time!