Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Now land/air touring to see a little more of Asia in between doing a long list of boat maintenance jobs.

12 February 2017 | Cat Ba Island - Vietnam
12 February 2017
12 February 2017
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07 February 2017 | Ninh Binh - Vietnam
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07 February 2017
04 February 2017 | Hue - Vietnam
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02 February 2017 | Hoi'an - Central Vietnam
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02 February 2017

Island in the North

12 February 2017 | Cat Ba Island - Vietnam
Andy & Sue
To visit Halong Bay or not... that was the question in our minds. One thing we procrastinate over as we travel is which sights and sites to partake and what to bypass. Some places are quintessentially "of" a country or region, others are sights often repeated; the more one travels it is those quintessential locations that must not be missed. Fellow travelers met along the way recommend their favourites. We all have different views based upon our inclinations and what has previously been experienced. We tumbled onto Cat Ba island from a heavily laden fast ferry. In fact, not so fast: the additional load slowed us from planing to displacement mode. The weather was lovely for showing off the land and seascapes.

12 February 2017
Cat Ba boasted a national park, views of the limestone karst islets to the north and east, and a host of agents intent on selling visitors the perfect trip. We opted for two days motor bike hire, casual exploration by road and some hiking in the jungle.

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A ten kilometer walk into the interior was a bit disappointing: great for exercise but virtually zero views with most of the route in tree cover. A notable exception was a clearing with huge plants: a set from a lost world film. The objective, Frog Pond, was almost not a pond. The frogs croaked loudly from fissures in nearby limestone, none were having a dip.

12 February 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of days chilling out after the long haul northwards through Vietnam. Next stop, Hanoi.

Karsts Ahoy.

07 February 2017 | Ninh Binh - Vietnam
Andy & Sue
As we headed north from Hue our train passed through the old DMZ. Land appeared to be pocked with bomb craters from the conflict of the 20th century. Scrub dominated, with less land farmed than earlier in our journey. Finally we entered limestone country. Although these monoliths are cast ashore and not flooded as in Halong Bay to the north. They are quite impressive, especially after tracts of less hilly terrain to the south.
The almost empty train rolled into Ninh Binh a few minutes late. Our slow train had taken 14hours to complete a 450Km journey, often waiting in a siding for faster siblings to whizz past. The upside was that fully booked express trains, spilling with passengers, had little space for luggage. This sluggish steed was only lightly loaded. The hotel, forewarned, was unflustered by our late arrival: it took only one minute to check in.

07 February 2017
Another small motorbike rented gave us freedom to roam the district. The nearby national park's main attraction is boat rides along a river and into limestone caves. We arrived early, as advised, a procession of craft, bow to stern, a continuous line, boat men and women hurriedly rowing noisy passengers along the route, eager to get back for the next fares: this was not for us, our dream of a languid float through dripping limestone caverns shattered. We headed off through the countryside to quieter realms.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/littlegreenboat
Spruce's Photos - British Virgin Islands
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Welly practising camera techniques before going submerged.
A conch hidiing in its shell.
Welly practising without the facemask & snorkel.
Swim ashore and go for a stroll:-)
Spruce moorted at the Baths - Virgin Gorda
Sue & Welly in a wet, but warm, cave.
The anchorage at Saba Rock.
 
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