From Cát Bà Island back to Hanoi

June 4, 2016 at 16:52

Only a few more days to go. Time to drive back to Hanoi. The sky was the same Gray as usually – another good day to drive since it did not rain and it was not hot. It was only Gray and humid. And it was absolutely no sky for nice pictures – again….
The clock: 62373 kilometres

Getting to the slow ferry back to the mainland
After coffee and a snack I did the pack the bag game and got everything on the bike. Next: cross the island and drive to Cai Vieng – that is about 26 km from Cát Bà to get the ferry to Cát Hải. That is a small island in between Cát Bà island and the ferry terminal in Đình Vũ close to Hai Phong.

Pay the ferry here - get ticket
Pay the ferry here – get ticket

Waiting for the slow ferry  to the  Cát Hải
Waiting for the slow ferry to get to Cát Hải

On the slow ferry back to the mainland
On the slow ferry to Cát Hải

On the slow ferry back to the mainland
Adios Cát Bà! The trip was 20.000 Dong for me and the bike.

Not too much to see
Not too much to see – a few rusty boats here and there. And a few fisherman at work. Since I did stop eating fish a long time ago I do not have to think if I would like to eat the fish they catch here…

The big slow ferry
The big slow ferry

On the other side of the island more waiting
On the other side of the island more waiting for the next ferry. You can see the bridge construction is going well. Looks like they want to ship a lot of people to the island. No clue if they want to build a few hundred more hotels there or why else would they build such a highway to that small island???

Even with the bridge coming soon they still renovate the old ferry
Even with the bridge coming soon they still renovate the old ferry. Guess this island will not be connected to the road – and if so they do not expect it to be ready in a short time. This boat looks like the next ferry to the main land. 30.000 Dong later I was in Đình Vũ.

7 km till the shop and I have another flat
From there it was a fast and dusty ride towards Hanoi. The sun did try to break the Gray – so it got really hot. I did only want to arrive and there is not really something to see so I drove faster than usually. Only 7 km to go and I had another flat!

7 km till the shop and I have another flat
Did turn out that the heat from fast driving killed some of the other repairs on the tube. When I tried to pull one of the old patches from the tube I had a big piece of tube in my hand. So they had to change the tube. And with a bike like that you have to take the rear apart. Not really service friendly.
The good part of such a story is to stop at a repair shop. They where both busy with another bike but the woman came out right away. Then she got the tire down and after we saw that the tube had to be replaced she called the guy and boom – they are working at the bike. 15 minutes later I had to pay 100.000 Dong – that was about 3.80€ plus 20.000 tip and I was on the road again. If I do that here back home – well – we do not have to count minutes – lets count hours…

Round the corner - a few more meters
Did book a hotel in some of the small streets. In this maze the Google Girl had a hard time to steer me. Had to figure it out with my other map. But finally there it is – my hotel – only a few more meters

Round the corner
After check in I went back to the shop and returned the bike. Got back my deposit and walked back to the hotel. This street is round the corner of the hotel

To the right on the way to the main street
To the right from the hotel alley on the way to the main street

A hairdresser
A hairdresser

Every day they did put the bird up here so he had some fresh air and light
Every day they did put the bird up here so he had some fresh air and light

The clock: 62531 = 158 km today. That was a total of 3576 kilometres zig zack in Vietnam! I had 2 flats, needed a new spark plug or not – hard to say. At the beginning of the trip I had to put new bearings in the front wheel. So all in all that worked quite well. I have the feeling I will do this trip again – and I hope for a blue sky and not for that gray gray all the time!

 
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Off to Cát Bà Island

May 28, 2016 at 14:10

From Chez Beo Homestay I took the QL10 to Nam Định then further the QL39A and a few other QL’s towards Hai Phong. From there you have to drive over very bumpy and dusty roads to find the ferry. My Google girl was a big disappointment – she did not know nothing and was very happy to let me drive in a big circle along that dusty road. With the help of some local bicycle driving girls I made it to the ferry stop at the coast.
There are two gates and I opted for the right one. Leading over another dust road to the “High Speed Boat” It is not really that fast but faster than the other boats that leave at the end of the street if you take the left gate.

Ninh Binh Town Gate
Ninh Binh Town Gate – I somehow love that picture!

Express Butcher
Express Butcher

Dusty factory
Dusty factory – no clue what they produce there – looks like they need a lot of coal. So there must be a lot of heat somewhere.

Dusty factory
The place is completely dusty, the bridge was super dusty as well.

Size matters
Size matters – they do sort something – rocks – that is for sure

No clue what she sorts there
No clue what she sorts there and what they do with it. Please help me out in the comments below!

Waiting for the Express Ferry to Cat Ba
Waiting for the Express Ferry to Cát Bà

Work at Home
Work at Home – save commuting!

The Express Ferry
The High Speed Boat – the only way to get there is the narrow bridge where you see the man running. So if you come with your big BMW – no way to get there since your bike is to fat!

On the Express Ferry
On the Express Ferry

On the Express Ferry

Cát Bà Island

Did book my hotel at booking.com -> Mr. Zoom. Sure enough I booked a room with city view – the other option was mountain view. Mr. Zoom is quite central, has very good ratings and the price is right. He is really friendly and helpful – you find him most of the day at his desk in front of his hotel. Ready to answer questions or to arrange a trip for you.

The wrong room
When I got there Mr. Zoom did give me this room in the hotel to the left of his place. It is ok but – no window! Humid as the city was you can imagine what happens when you take a shower. And the Wifi was on and off.

View into the bathroom
View into the bathroom

Did check the App again and went down to complain. No problem – we went to the hotel on the right of his place and he gave me another room – and boy – that was a really good room.

The good room
Up on the 5th floor so nobody else was up here. A balcony outside, fridge, AC, fan, 2 big beds, closet and hot shower as well as a private toilet. And best of all: Only 20 US $ for 4 nights! Great Deal – where else do you get a room like that for 5US$???

View from the second bed to the door
View from the second bed towards the door

Not too much to see outside
Not too much to see outside – from the balcony you can see the street down below. And some hotels on the other side of the street.

The harbour today
After check in I went down to the harbour. Great view with the gray sky. Quite depressing so let’s go for some food.

Vegetarian Soup
Vegetarian Soup

Vietnamese Coffee
Vietnamese Coffee

Bia Hoi
After dinner I went to the local Bia Hoi place. 1 litre only 0,82 US $!! And it ir really drinkable 🙂

Interesting sea animal
Interesting sea animal – and quite big. Why do people have to eat everything 🙁

The last Egg Coffee
The last Egg Coffee for this trip. A bit on the sweet side but as long as you are not Vegan – try one!

 
Took a trip with a friend on the bikes one day to see the island. Did not do a lot the other day’s since the weather was the same old gray gray all the time. On the last morning I went down to the harbour before breakfast to take some pictures with the big camera.

Morning at the harbour
Morning at the harbour at Cát Bà

Morning in the harbour of Cát Bà

Taxi Boat
Taxi Boat

Taxi Boat
Taxi Boat

Man on his boat
Man on his boat

Big wooden boat
Big wooden boat on the top left is ready for catching octopus. When they reach the fishing area they unfold the light construction and turn it on. Now the animal thinks the sun is up and comes to the surface. If you ever had a night flight over the South China Sea for example and fly over a fleet of such boats it looks like a very big city. Until you look on the map at your entertainment system only to find out you are in the middle of the water.

Another taxi boat
Another taxi boat

Boats in the harbour of Cat Ba
Boats in the harbour of Cat Ba

 
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