1. Monkey Island, April 2018. I really enjoyed my boat tour with Green Trail! Beginning with a cruise through the peaceful waters of Lan Ha Bay, we eventually reached Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam’s most famous waters. There we were treated to swimming, kayaking and a delicious feast of freshly prepared local food. On the way back to Cat Ba Island we made one final stop at Monkey Island, with its small, pretty beach and rocky mountain trail.
2. Monkey Island, April 2018. Just about every boat tour going stops at Monkey Island, so whether you like it or not, chances are you’ll end up here for an hour or so. Luckily, it wasn’t that busy when we stopped by on a late afternoon weekday late afternoon. And the beach itself, with its wooden hut restaurant, was much cleaner than expected.
3. Monkey Island, April 2018. True to its name, Monkey Island offers plenty of… monkeys. If you’ve never got up and close and personal with wild monkeys then you’ll no doubt be intrigued. As it happens, my extended trips around Asia have left be a bit monkeyed-out. A word of caution, as is often the case the monkeys are mischievous at best and more often than not downright hostile. These monkeys were hopping around all over the place digging their faces into discarded beer cans and ice cream wrappers, while one or two started hissing and even lunging at curious bystanders.
4. Monkey Island, April 2018. The highlight of my brief visit to Monkey Island was the short but tricky walk up to the mountain peak. Doing this in flip-flops is NOT advised and frankly it’s a miracle I made it up to the top without breaking my ankle. The views from the top are very decent indeed.
5. Monkey Island, April 2018. I can’t recommend Green Trail enough as your trusted Halong Bay guide. For more info on the tour I took, check out My 5s on the Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay segments of the cruise.
Like these? Then take a look at my other articles from Cat Ba Island.
And I’ve written many more 5s from all over Vietnam.