Seeing more of Halong Bay

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classic halong
Even though I planned on waking up early to watch the sunrise over Halong, I didn't wake to my alarm. Thanks to the drinking the night before... and probably i really had a good sleep. Anyway, I did wake up to 30 mins before the scheduled breakfast with the rest of the group. Since our junk was positioned behind one of the rock formations, and the sun was still behind it, it was still like watching the sun rise.

After breakfast, the Kayaking group got on a different boat while our Aloha five-some we're taken to the Amazing Cave a.k.a. Surprise Cave. I've been to caves before, they all look the same. The only difference this one had over the others was that it had this giant phallic rock that makes the cave quite a big surprise. It's awesome how this cave is lighted too. Of course, from the viewing deck we get to see Ha Long from that very classic vantage point.
me, steve, sarah, mike and ray at the cave


Boarding the junk once again, we started to head back to the City. We had early lunch around 10AM. Again it was one very good lunch! I would have to recommend Handspan to anyone planning on going to Ha Long. They simply are the best! Granted with Handspan, you get to pay a little bit more, but it's all worth it.

Right after lunch, Mike wanted to go up the sun deck immediately to savor the last couple of hours we have on the boat. I guess everyone felt the same. We all headed up to the deck with cameras and drinks in hand.

Like I said before, I'm fond of the group I got to go with in Halong. I think we're quite a good bunch. We traded contact details as we headed to shore.

Once back in Hanoi, we all parted ways.
"V" for Vietnam
Mike has to get to the train station to figure out where to go next, while the newly engaged couple had to find a way to get back to Bangkok given the current situation there. Ray and I decided to just have dinner since it was both our last night in Northern Vietnam. Around 7 PM, we met up at his hotel which is just a block away from mine and had a feast at Highway 4! Man, we ordered a lot!

All in all, I think Ha Long has been the highlight of this trip. It was just perfect to have it after exploring Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Sapa... just sitting around eating, admiring the beauty of the bay and taking loads of pics. Meeting the group is also as much a highlight as seeing the rock formations of Ha Long. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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classic halong
classic halong
me, steve, sarah, mike and ray at …
me, steve, sarah, mike and ray at…
V for Vietnam
"V" for Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
one halong morning
one halong morning
another group shot at the cave
another group shot at the cave
taken by Sarah on board the Aloha …
taken by Sarah on board the Aloha…
Mike, Sarah and Steve
Mike, Sarah and Steve
Rebecca and BF
Rebecca and BF
Thumbs up for Ha Long
Thumbs up for Ha Long
good morning ha long
good morning ha long
conversation on deck
conversation on deck
a penis for your thoughts.
now wh…
a penis for your thoughts. now w…
the amazing cave
the amazing cave
mike taking it all in
mike taking it all in
the captain
the captain
park your junk here
park your junk here
Halong Bay