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January 3rd, 2006 – by: breezejen
We made a stop at one of the islands and were able to explore the caves. They were huge and were lit by colored, artificial light which made it look a little cheesy. Another cave didn't have as much artificial light but unfortunately the formations were scarred with graffiti. It's a shame that something so beautiful can be destroyed by stupid people.
By the time we got back to the boat, most of the fog had burned off. We were able to see the limestone outcroppings/islands that make this place so wonderful. There must be hundreds of these islands scattered randomly in the water. Around every corner and behind each outcropping there was a pleasant a beautiful surprise waiting for us. There were also lots of boats where people actually lived complete with little houses on them. How wonderful it would be to have this kind of beauty as your front and back yards.
One of the fishermen boats made it's way along ours and we were able to pick out fresh seafood for our lunch. There was a wide selection of live fish, clams and crustaceans. Our boat operators were the ones who cooked the meal for us.
So after what seemed like a thousand pictures, we made our way back to Hanoi. We were leaving for Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, the next day. We took our last walk around Hanoi and enjoyed the night market again. For a tuesday night market was extremely busy, i only assume that it's always this busy. There are so many vendors selling anything from cheap plastic toys, knock off designer clothes, exotic foods to bootlegged cds and dvds. It's quite an experience to walk through that much activity with so many people around you. We tried our luck with some street food. We were hesitant taking in account that the food was being prepared so close to the ground where hundreds of people were walking around, however, the food was deep fried enough that any germ had no chance for survival. The food was awesome and fortunately none of us of felt any ill effects. After a couple of hours wandering aimlessly about, we decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel.
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