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Thank you very much for your response to my recent Vietnam upload.

Here are some photos taken on a very small island (Phu Long) off Cat Ba island in Halong bay. That place was like a little paradise. I could have stayed there for a while.

"Cat Ba - the pearl island is the well-known archipelago in the whole country with a spectacular array of sea and island scenery, it covers an area of 20,000ha in the North-East of Hai Phong. It takes about one hour by high speed ferry to go to the island, or by land it is about 60 km passing 2 ferries, you will easily reach the pearl island. In the spacious sea, we suddenly see a tropical jungles.

The forests cover over 17,300 ha, including 570ha of primeval forests. Under the old foliages is hundred of rare medicinal trees, there is a tonic tree of one bulb and one leaf only, particularly good for human's heart. Cat Ba has a typically rare flora and fauna of limestone mountain forests, there are also many marvelous grottoes, white sandy and clear water beaches that you can see to sea bed. In old forests there is ancient Komodo varan and chamois species of average weight of over 100kg each. On Cat Ba Island, there are many fishing grounds with shrimps, red snapper, anchovy, trap fish,... and a grass cover to breed tortoise-shells." (

f10 1/50th zoom at 50mm

Near this lovely and idyllic spot there is a very nice restaurant with gorgeous food. It costs next to nothing and you can eat freshly caught fish and sea food.

Hoping I've opened your appetite.

Thank you for looking at my pictures and telling me what you think.

Have a pleasant evening,


Tags: Vietnam Landscape and travel Halong bay Gulf of tonkin Cai vieng Phu long Cat ba island

Voters: Tony_Baloni, AlanBW, glyndwr and 34 more

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AlanBW 14 20 England
25 Mar 2008 7:16PM
Fascinating series, looks a wonderful place

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glyndwr 13 66 10 Wales
25 Mar 2008 7:22PM
V2 for me.
First class foreground light.

Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
25 Mar 2008 7:26PM
A lovely series of images Jean Noel

GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 7:30PM
1 and 5 are my favourites Super set!
Marilyn x
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
25 Mar 2008 7:37PM
A lovely serie off picture, by the way I have seen a more isolated cafť
imagio 13 12 1 England
25 Mar 2008 8:27PM
Nice series, no 3 my fav

lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
25 Mar 2008 8:42PM
Interesting shots
yelnats 12
25 Mar 2008 9:17PM
lovely series, really captures the spirit of the place
Alfoto 13 Wales
25 Mar 2008 10:00PM
Wonderful set of images......Superb.
Sweep 14 43 England
27 Mar 2008 10:24AM
Beautiful pictures, well sho.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
27 Mar 2008 5:30PM
Fascinating, you have captured a whole other life style, as well a beauty! am enjoying your trip!

piccy 14 8 Wales
27 Mar 2008 6:24PM
Lovely series - the last one for me.
Rock 18 10 2 England
27 Mar 2008 7:11PM
Fine series !

GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 8:28PM
Super photo and narrative. I love Vietnam, especially the food!!

Nettles 13 England
27 Mar 2008 8:57PM
A wonderful set of images, great to see.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 9:49PM
Wow, super series of shots, seems like you had a good time!
GlenD 13 United States
28 Mar 2008 6:13AM
Great series of shots Jean Noel, fantastic looking place
nickyv32 12 135 England
28 Mar 2008 10:55AM
Great series of shots, looks like a great place.

Libby_M 13 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:25PM
5 fab clear sharp detailed shots
Hop-A-Long 13 52 1 England
28 Mar 2008 10:26PM
Great series of shots. I do like #5.

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