The Phams Summer 2009 Adventure in Vietnam, Malaysia & Borneo travel blog


Sunset on Monkey Island

Feeding time

Halong Bay

We arrived back into Hanoi on the night train at 4:30 am. Anh Thang picked us up and we slept a little more and had breakfast at his house before leaving for Halong Bay and Monkey Island.

Four hours and one wonderful seafood lunch later, we arrived at Monkey Island. It was just as we remembered it 4 years ago. We changed into our bathing suits and spent the rest of the afternoon swimming. The cool water felt so refreshing after such a hot drive.

We had dinner that night with "the king of Monkey Island" as he is known. We reminised about the last time we were there and we were invited to return again. The meals here have been one delicious seafood dish after the next. I can't ever get tired of fresh squid, oysters, clams, shrimp and other fish. We are definitely eating well here.

The next morning we watched the monkeys get fed (great photos) then headed into the city of Halong to go on a 6 hour tour around the islands. We stopped in a few places to go through some caves and do some hiking then watched the sunset before docking. We didn't arrive back into Hanoi until midnight - an exhausting but wonderful day!

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