We took to our bicycles while in Hue and biked out to an abandoned water park, really cool and kinda creepy at the same time.
Looking down at the water puppet show from up in the seating, apparently there was supposed to live a few crocodiles somewhere around here.
Some slides and various pools for people to enjoy themselves in… once upon a time.
They even had a massive dragon on the shore of the lake, looking out over its now dead empire.
We of course ventured into the belly of the beast!
And looked (almost) through its eyes onto what used to be its domain.
Then we ended up in Halong Bay, in northern Vietnam. Although the weather wasn’t entierly on our side it was still gorgeous! The water was pretty darn cold to swim in though.
Cliffs and rocks and whatnot everywhere.
We took the route that goes around the back of Cat Ba so we were alone for a major part of our journey. Which was really nice.
The views were quite something.
And people live in these small floating houses, quite cool.
A view from the top of our own private island, from where you can see the main city of Cat Ba.
Looking out onto the beach where our hostel (or so they called it) was located. A bit sad about the weather but it was super nice.
Then we trekked to Sunset Beach to see a sun that never showed itself from behind the clouds, so there wasn’t much of a sunset to talk about.
The next day we went trekking in the jungle on Cat Ba to reach one of the highest viewpoints on the island. It was warm, humid and hard.
But the view was really, really nice!
Really quite nice.
Looking out from atop the mountain top a bit above the viewpoint from the previous photo. Still gloomy weather but amazing views.
Here you can see the viewpoint and the tower in the bottom right. The trek to the top of the hill was filled with mosquitoes. Not fun.
Of course there has to be some photos of me in here too…
And then we went to Sa Pa, all the way north in Vietnam. Supposedly a place of cold weather and stunning views but we had stunning, hot weather and views.
We trekked to what was supposed to be a waterfall but was more a trickle of water over some rocks. Here we are looking up one of the many trails snaking their way up the hillsides.
And here we are looking down the way we came up. It was two hard hours of trekking, but well worth it for the view alone.
Looking out into the valley where we stayed.
And onto some more paths that you could walk along.
Then we had one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen.
The next day we went trekking along some more conventional roads, and saw quite a few water buffalos. These things are super chill and don’t care about anything.
A look across a few of the rice fields into the valley behind us.
Then we took a tiny path wandering and weaving it’s way between houses, farms, animals and water. We lost the trail a few times but we managed to find our way home!
Crossing streams because we didn’t realise the path was somewhere else.
Trying to avoid a herd of water buffalos that literally stood on top of the path. Although very docile (the kids at our homestay would throw rocks at them and they would just continue eating like nothing was happening) I’m not taking chances with them.
Even from down in the valley the views were really good. And kinda smelly.
And then we could come home to play with four puppies and three adult dogs. It was amazing.