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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Cruise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

We had an enjoyable two-days-and-one-night cruise via a junk ship along Ha Long Bay, a four-hour drive from Hanoi, North of Vietnam. In between cruising and passing by the two thousand karsts of Ha Long Bay, we were quite preoccupied with caving, kayaking, and swimming along with photographing the experience.

These what they call as a junkships are no junk at all. :)
It has a/c rooms with clean bathroom.

The six ladies with their cameras. Behind is one of the karsts in Ha Long Bay. 

Ha Long Bay cruise is a highly recommended experience when one is in Hanoi. And if I can have it again, I want it to be a two-night experience as there is still a swimming time in the Monkey Island which we missed. Anyway, we were able to do a lot of things while having the Halong bay tour. The only thing we can clamor in this tour is not the food because we have great food, and not our company because we were together with three couples, and with us six girls with cameras, only they had clamor against us for being so "slow." I'm grinning. Aren't we in vacation yet? Of course we are. For this tour to be perfectly enjoyable, a good, patient and helpful guide is a must; one who understands that a sunset is something for photographers.

We had a chance to come near the karst when we kayak.

Enjoying kayaking by the Ha Long Bay. Not far from me are the wharfs
and shelters for those working in the wharf. 

We had the same boating towards the bay area where the famous 007 movie was shot. 

We had a caving, and this cave is already modified to make trails to tourists
so that it was an easy trek for everyone.

To bad, i forgot my tripod. The lights come from the colored bulbs.

Here I am with two of my friends having a cozy pose
after a fellow tourist offered to take the shot.

Behind me is the admirable karst of Ha Long Bay. 

Another karst with a lush of green trees.

Breathtaking! I wish I brought your eyes with me....

Here is my shot of the famous karst in Ha Long Bay called Fighting Cock;
I also have a postcard of it....

One of the ships not far from where we were during the overnight stay.

Th wharf. There are many tourists here than in any other places.
But there are many junkships to accommodate this number.

Just to give you a hint where we slept in the junkship...

More links on ha long bay:
Ha Long Bay
(Vietnamese: Vịnh Hạ Long, About this sound listen, literally: "descending dragon bay") is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phảtown, and part of Van Don district. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. These larger zones share similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters. from Wikipedia