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Hanoi, Missouri, Vietnam
December 18, 2009
December 25, 2005
Cat Ba is one of the largest islands, with an area of 356 square kilometers, forested zones, coastal mangroves and freshwater swamps, beaches, caves, and waterfalls. In 1986, the northeast side of the island was designated a national park, including a protected marine zone. Cat Ba Island supports a population of over 20,000, most of whom live off fishing or farming in the south, in and around Cat Ba Town.
The town is small and ancient, with clusters of fishing boats and inspiring sunsets across the harbour. You can check out the catch of the day in the early morning, see cuttlefish dried over hot charcoals, or stroll around the old town. As seen in a couple of the photos below, these hundreds of wooden boats are often not simply fishing tools but also a homes for a whole family, who live and sleep there. These very same people coined the term “Boat People” and left Vietnam in their thousands in the '80s in pursuit of a better fate in Hong Kong. Following the introduction of “Doi Moi,” the reformed entrepreneurial communism, some of these brave people who made it in the new lands came back and poured money in the local economy in the form of hotels, restaurants, houses, and other infrastructures. Try to see as much as you can from Cat Ba, including the life and the beautiful and friendly people of Cat Ba Town.
From journal Halong Bay and Cat Ba island-Natural Wonders
April 26, 2002
From journal Halong Bay / Catba Island