Ha Long Bay

One of the highlights of Vietnam was the boat trip to Ha Long Bay. We had booked a quite luxurious cruise with two nights. Treat Ya Self!

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We left Hanoi quite early in the morning. Too early for some.
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In the harbour we were still surrounded by lots of other boats / wrecks.
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After leaving the harbour, the view of Ha Long Bay is magnificent with thousands of tiny limestone islands like these dotting the bay.
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View from the top of our ship
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And some outside views taken from a smaller boat.

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The inside was not bad either.
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Anchored for the night.
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We had the option to do a little canoeing to this cave or go by the motorboat. We opted, of course, for the lazy solution.

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A bunch of other lazy people, from Canada.

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Back at the main ship for a little relaxing at the top deck.

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The next day we visited a floating fishing village.

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There were actually people living here, including kids. They even had a little school for these toddlers.
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We were taken around the village in a bunch of row boats.

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The guy who did all the work.

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Next we went for a lunch on a beach. The meals were excessive every single time. For example this meal was 9 courses of many deliciousness. Unfortunately we forgot to make pictures of any of the food. But eating was for sure one of the mayor activities. During the lunch one of the waiters dropped a plate full of sweet potatoes over Sanne and the guy next to her. Nobody on the other table got potatoes. The waiter appologized about 30 times (not exaggerated).

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Our main guide (one of a crew of 20 people or so, for 14 guests) wading through the water to our landing boat.
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First we went to see a cave on the same island. The view from the top.
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And inside.

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After lunch some canoeing to burn of some of the thousands of calories added.

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Cliche photograph alert!

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For the final dinner the crew made big artworks of melon and other edible stuff. One of the guests managed to drop the whole thing on the ground, resulting in a dove with the wings fallen of.
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Beautiful sunsets, we never get enough of them.

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Anchored in a bay with some other ships.
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After leaving our cruise ship, we were brought back to Hanoi and visited a water puppet show on our way.
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The puppet masters are actually submerged in the water when performing the stories of working on the land and live in the villages.
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2 thoughts on “Ha Long Bay

  1. Tsjonge, nog steeds goed bezig zeg. De mooie foto’s (soms een beetje cliche) wekken verlangen op… Ik wil ook weer op reis 🙂 Hou vol en als alle mooie dingen te veel worden dan gewoon even wat langer op 1 plek blijven.

    Heel veel plezier verder,

    Erik

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