We had booked to spend Christmas itself in a resort on Cat Ba Island. We had chosen it because of its private beach, the gorgeous pool and the balcony with the seaview where we could enjoy a drink as we watched the sun go down. The resort had all of these things and more - it was a fantastic place - but our enjoyment of it was somewhat limited by the chilly temperature! Don't get me wrong, we had a lovely Christmas, but being in such a beautiful place and not being able to take advantage of the facilities was really disappointing!
|The gingerbread church|
Walking the other way from our resort, we were able to follow a coastal path which afforded spectacular views out to sea.
|Cat Ba's fishing fleet|
We made the return journey to the mainland by high-speed ferry to Haiphong, a dreary-looking industrial city with few redeeming features (at least, that's how it appeared through the coach windows!).
You can see some more photos of Cat Ba Town here.