Holong Bay

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Holong Bay
We made the 3 hour drive to Halong Bay, luckily i slept most of the way. When we got there, we chartered a boat trip through the bay. To our surprise, the three of us got a whole boat to ourselves. The trip started off pretty foggy and we couldn't see very much of anything, however, the water was calm and it was quite a smooth, relaxing ride.

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.
Not only boats but homes.
Nonetheless it was fun to walk around.

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.
The night market
What a great treat to have such fresh and tasty good.

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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Holong Bay
Holong Bay
Not only boats but homes.
Not only boats but homes.
The night market
The night market
Foggy start
Foggy start
Boats in the Bay
Boats in the Bay
Exploring the caves
Exploring the caves
Fresh seafood Halong Bay
Fresh seafood Halong Bay
Some of the amazing outcroppings.
Some of the amazing outcroppings.
Fishermen gathering their catch.
Fishermen gathering their catch.
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
View from the inside of our boat.
View from the inside of our boat.
Inside our boat
Inside our boat
Fog finally burning off
Fog finally burning off
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Outdoor fruit market
Outdoor fruit market
Street food in Vietnam
Street food in Vietnam
Halong Bay