After living in a homestay for 2 and half days we went back to Hanoi for a night back in the same hostel. We had to book our connecting flight to Ho Chi Minh City and the internet was slow and somehow we did it 2 hours later thinking we would not get a ticket and make it to the flight home in a few days.
Then we went out the night before and got to bed at around 3 am and we had to be up by 6 am to get the bus to Cat Ba Island, so we slept in the bus journey that was around 2 to 3 hours I think.
Halong Bay has lots of limestone pillars and islands. Halong Bay became a world heritage site in 1994. It has more than 2,000 Limestone islands and a few floating villages. As well as this, it is surrounded with lots of caves that was used In the Vietnam war as shelter and hospitals.
The Vietnam Backpackers Hostels have their own Island in Halong Bay that we went to call Castaway. They do a trip to there for 3 days and 3 nights for £176.65. I was very hesitant about it as I read about it being a big trip for people to get drunk and that was not what I wanted.
The trip offers an activity when you arrive that is one of the 3 Rock-climbing, Wakeboarding and Rubber ring ride and I picked the best one with amazing views Rock climbing.
The rooms were bunk beds of up to 8 people in one room and came with a shower and toilet. They provided breakfast but needed to get there before 9:30 am to get any food and it was just English breakfast. The lunch and dinner were the same each night an average. To find out about more head over to their website http://www.vietnambackpackerhostels.com/ha-long-bay/ha-long-bay-and-castaways-island-3-days-2-nights
It was a great way to end the trip as we were just relaxing in privet beach with only around 100 people but did not feel like there were that many people. There was also lots of Americans on the beach.
The next day we had to be on a boat tour around Halong Bay by 9 am as it was part of the package. It was only 4 hours long and the 4 of July, so all the Americans were celebrating and the boat tour was everyone just drinking.
We all went on a little kayaking trip before lunch and kayaking are very tiring and they were all two man ones. The landscape is stunning. They providing us with fresh fish that I think was swordfish. After lunch, we were all tired from kayaking so we did not dance and drink a lot and the tour guide was telling us off. When we got back to Hanoi to get a plain to Ho Chi Minh City to get our plain fight home to The UK.