Cat Ba Island

On our first day in Cat Ba, we toured the island and explored.

The 7 of us made it up to the “hospital cave”. It was built in 1965 as a secret hospital within the mountainside that the Americans couldn’t reach. If the Americans came near it, it would have been easy to shoot the wooden ladder away.

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We knocked on the giant iron door within the cave and the tour guide came out and gave us the fright of our lives!

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We even got to try it on!

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The cave has 3 levels, 2 of which are natural, formed within the cave. There were many rooms inside; treatment rooms, surgery, doctors quarters and space for military generals. There was even a cinema room and a swimming pool for rehabilitation:

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There was a recess in the cave where soldiers trained for strength and you could jump up into it. I wasn’t strong enough!

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This was their bath:

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The generals lived on the top floor and they devised an amazing escape route. Instead of bothering with stairs if they had to get out quickly, they could jump into a pool of water on the ground floor.

It was fascinating how they’d built it so quickly and thought of everything!

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Later on we got to the top of the island and explored the cannon fort and could see for miles from there.

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We got some food and I tried crab and clam. Crab was nice…clams not so nice.

I held this!

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4 people left to go back to Hanoi for varying reasons but Amy, Michael and I stayed on the island and agreed to meet them further down the coast. I went for a swim alone on Cat Co 1 as the sun went down, it was lush.

The following morning we went to ‘Monkey Island’ – an island half dominated by monkeys! The moment we landed monkeys stole the food from Amy’s bag!

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We climbed across the island to Monkey Island Resort. It was deserted until 1pm so we had a good few hours of our own private beach!

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As the sun set, we climbed to the peak, it was quite dangerous in flip flops but we made it up and down safely.

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We had a half day before our bus to Hue so saw the sights of the market and the fishing port.

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Special noodle soup with crab for breakfast anyone?

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Squid drying in the sun:

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To top it off, just before we caught our bus we saw some cute puppies!

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So, that’s 3 blog posts in 2 days! I’m trying to catch up with it, I promise. Apologies for my terrible English but it’s all over the place at the moment whilst speaking to people of all different nationalities. I found myself calling trousers ‘pants’ the other day!

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4 responses to “Cat Ba Island”

  1. Sue Lewis says :

    Hi Chelsea 🙂
    Hope you’re managing to grab a rest when you can 🙂
    Your blogs and photos are really great and so generous of you to spend your time composing a blog and photos to share with us 🙂
    Thank you x

  2. isabella says :

    hi chelsea ,it seams like theres alot of dogs and puppies there !!!! i wish you could take one home for me!!!1

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