Ha Long Bay
22.10.2010 - 23.11.2010 28 °C
We have seen the majestic cliffs rising out of the sea in halong bay on TV before, so we are very excited about going there. Of course, it’s one of the main tourist attractions of Vietnam so the bay is crammed with boats with tourists on them. We decide to see past that and enjoy the trip. We will be spending the afternoon on a junk boat, sleeping on the boat overnight and head back to shore the next day. Its low season, so there are only 7 of us on a boat that sleeps 24 people. There is an Australian middle aged couple on their first holiday away from their grown up kids and own business for years. There are two blokes from England and a dutch girl. It’s a nice little group, we all get along great and it makes the trip that much better.
We head out of the harbour which is packed with similar junk boats and stop off at a cave, which we are guided around and it is well lit this time so no chance of stepping on any weird looking bugs. After that we get the opportunity of doing a bit of kayaking, and we head in to this little lagoon where we unexpectedly spot some cute little monkeys hanging in the trees.
We head back to the junk boat (me huffing and puffing, kayaking is hard work!) and jump off the side for some cooling off in the water. I am glad it is starting to get a bit dark as it was a long jump from the top but in the dusk it was hard to tell! We then have a nice dinner and spend the latter part of the evening on the top deck stargazing and drinking beer and chatting to our fellow travellers.
The next morning we have another dip and it looks a lot higher from boat to water, but I cannot chicken out as I took the plunge the night before, so in we go again. Morning swims are lovely.
We then sit on the deck as the boat heads back to shore with the rocks gliding past us. It’s beautiful and very relaxing.