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.
We knocked on the giant iron door within the cave and the tour guide came out and gave us the fright of our lives!
We even got to try it on!
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:
There was a recess in the cave where soldiers trained for strength and you could jump up into it. I wasn’t strong enough!
This was their bath:
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!
Later on we got to the top of the island and explored the cannon fort and could see for miles from there.
We got some food and I tried crab and clam. Crab was nice…clams not so nice.
I held this!
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!
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!
As the sun set, we climbed to the peak, it was quite dangerous in flip flops but we made it up and down safely.
We had a half day before our bus to Hue so saw the sights of the market and the fishing port.
Special noodle soup with crab for breakfast anyone?
Squid drying in the sun:
To top it off, just before we caught our bus we saw some cute puppies!
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!