February 16th, 2009 – by: tomaszdunn
Left the hotel around 9ish and then a 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. We arrived to
an incredibly crowded harbour pretty much full of westerners, and our boat
squeezed its way in amongst all the other boats. we boarded the “Sunrise”. A
nice little boat with three decks, we pretty much set sail immediately - the
weather was pretty good for it being winter in all. In amongst the submerged
mountains the boat travelled for a few hours, having a delicious lunch on board.
We got to the caves and packed amongst 500 others and and had a walk around
inside and saw plenty of 100 century old French graffiti and odd shapes in the
rocks that bleakly resembled things.Climbing out the looking amongst the boats
resembled something out of pirates of the Caribbean. Back on the boat for a bit
of a chill some of the group went for a swim and some kayaking, I preferred to
stay on board and watch the sunset. Another amazing dinner Topic Thunder on the
TV on board (a humorous Vietnam War film whilst in Vietnam), and then down to
the cabins for a quiet night (with hundreds of other boats all anchored as well
with petrol engines going but still pretty quiet) .