Trip to Halong Bay
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We set off early for a four hour minibus ride to Halong Bay. Bad news for us was that it was overcast and quite misty so our hopes for it being clear in Halong Bay were muted. The journey down was broken by the compulsory stop at a souvenir shop/cafe charging crazy prices for everything. Again who buys stuff at a place like that? You'd have to so daft!! Once at the bay we got onto a small boat which ferried us out to our unbelievable 'Junk'. It was so beautiful, all dark wood and beautifully decorated. After joking aout being put into a twin on the way down that's exactly what happened but we gently pointed out to the tour guide that we are a married couple and not brother and sister and he switched us, the room we were eventually assigned was huge with a double and a single bed as well as aircon a large shower room, fridge etc etc.
The bad news was that the overcast weather obscured the views of the amzing limestone rock formations in the bay. Halong Bay is yet another world heritage site of 1,969 limestone Karsts, 1,000 of which are in the waters of the bay. There are only two other places with geography like it, Phi Phi in Thailand and Guilin in China. Halong Bay is the biggest of the three.
Our first stop was 'surprising' cave. The thing thats supposed to be suprising is the three chambers which increase in size as you move through the cave system.
Back on the Junk we lazed around on the sun loungers getting to know the others on the trip before having dinner. True to our guide Thom's word the veggie option were awesome, better than the carnivores' had.
Next day we motored around the bay with much better visibility before docking and having lunch in a hotel and then driving back to Hanoi. A great trip and it was definately worth spending the little bit extra for a decent boat.