This day, we had to set off early as the journey from Hanoi
to Halong Bay takes close to 4 hours thus meaning you have to be prepared to spend 8 hours on the road. It is time not well spent right? On a holiday.. But there isn't much of choice. We booked this tour in advance with a local tour company for one day's tour and set off in the morning reaching our destination at noon time, with a stop along the way. Hordes of tourists were already at the pier and many junks waiting in anticipation as well. It was not much of a hassle when we got onto the junk and set off for a good sightseeing around the magnificent limestones. Well, you get what you paid for.. It is obvious, the more expensive your package is, the more comfortable and delicious your lunch would be. Anyway, we stopped by a small kelong for lunch and we hopped out to buy some live crabs of all types and fresh tropical fruits. The weather was windy and nice. If you can afford the time, it would be good to book a 3 day tour of the place. The junk set sail again and we proceeded to visit the caves i.e. Dau Go Cave. The views were quite interesting with even a strange glow in them. Anyway soon it was time to sail back. And another 4 hours on the road, we were back to Hanoi again. Went to the surroundings of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) to take a few pictures of the night view.