Our Ha Long Bay trip
Ha Long Bay Travel Blog› entry 5 of 10 › view all entries
March 26th, 2009 – by: ariwardani
A slightly different form; we have Pho as our breakfast today in Vietnam. The person who be the last to finish the breakfast is certainly and unsurprisingly Rara, so we have to be patient until she eat all of her meal before we go upstairs, back to the room to pick-up all of our belongings.
We check-out as quick as lightning.
It takes 3.5 hours to get to Ha Long Bay. Along the way, we stop for 15 minutes at a ceramic factory.
When we reach Ha Long Bay, the harbour is totally crowded by tourists. Talking about demography, tourists we saw in China is different with what we see in Vietnam eventhough both countries are neighbours. In China, mostly are local tourists, they are thousands in number. They were usually a family. Sometimes they come with the extended family; parents, siblings, uncle, aunt, nephews and so on. In Vietnam, we meet a lot of westerners, young, singles. We also see old couples. Usually, the old couples comes in a guided tour group. Normally, they come from French as Vietnam was colonialized by French in the past.
In Ha Long Bay, many tourists are youngsters (around 20 yrs old), they are backpackers and it's nice to see that people love to travel, even at that early age.
We wait not to longat the harbour before we are taken by a small boat to get to our junk. The name of the junk is Thanh Hung. We gather at the restaurant of the junk for a short briefing. Then, the tour guide allocate rooms for each of us. We go downstairs to see what our room looks like then go to the sundeck to sit-down there and watching the junkboats that covers the whole area. They are quite the same; in color (all brown), in shape (basically a boat with sail sticks on it), and in the layout (first deck is the rooms, second is the restaurant, and the top is the sundeck).
We eat the lunch while the boat start to cruise. The lunch is superb, very delicious. Deep in my heart, I thank God for having the chef, he seemed know exactly how to please our stomach. This is the first time in my life having a lunch on a boat while the boat is cruising. More than that, the view is spectacular. I love that moment so much.
By the time we finish our lunch, we arrive at the small port where Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave) is located. This is the biggest cave in Ha Long Bay. In order to reach the cave up there, we have to climb hundreds of stairs. I don't know why it has its name, I am not surprised with what is inside the cave. Maybe because I have already known this site from the internet during my survey on Ha Long Bay or maybe because I have seen similar caves in Java.
After we got back to our boat, we feel so tired. It must be because of going up and down to the cave and inside the cave. Plus, carrying my 2 yrs old Raka sometimes. So, we just spend the whole evening, taking rest in each of our room after the dinner. My sister go for kayaking with the Dutch lady. Just a snap after I lay down on the bed, I heard some girls are shouting from the outside. I look through the window.
Then the night comes.
The shadows of the limestones sorround our boat.
The water is so calm.
No waves at all.
Ha Long Bay is very tranquil and standstill.
We fell asleep very quick and we sleep like a log that night.
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