Pix man rowing with his feet
Local rowing with his feet in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam (Pix by Alison Bate, March 2012)
Colorful boat in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam
Colorful boat in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam (Pix by Alison Bate, March 2012)
Travelling in Lan Ha Bay, near Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Travelling in Lan Ha Bay, near Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (Pix by Alison Bate, March 2012)
A quick break from kayaking in Lan Ha Bay (Pix Alison Bate)
Flying the flag in Cat Ba harbor, Vietnam
Flying the flag in Cat Ba harbor, Vietnam (Pix by Alison Bate, March 2012)

A fine mist filled the bay, as we went kayaking near Cat Ba Island in northeast Vietnam. Most people go to see the spectacular vertical mountains dropping into the sea, but actually I spent more time looking at the boats.

Cat Bay harbor itself is full of colorful wooden boats flying the Vietnamese flag, and in Lan Ha Bay, I enjoyed seeing this guy rowing with his feet. It was also a lot less touristy than nearby Ha Long Bay.

We also saw loads of fish farms, each with a little hut on it and a long pier guarded by yapping dogs.They guard the crop while the family is out fishing, often overnight, and seem to harvest lots of mussels and other shellfish and catch giant jellyfish.

(Posted by Alison Bate, Marhc 24, 2012)

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