Halong Bay--Feb 7-9, 2006
 

Best Views in Vietnam

One of the must do's in northern Vietnam is to take a trip out to Halong Bay which is off the north eastern coast of the country. It is absolutely spectacular with breath taking views across the bay. The area comprises 1000's of islands and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. I signed up for a 3 day tour leaving from Hanoi which included one day getting there and sailing the seas on the Santa Maria Cruiser.

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Leon and I chilling on the boat

The first day on the boat we just chilled out for awhile and watched the scenery go by. My friend Leon and I sat back and relaxed on the roof of the boat. The boat was decked out nicely with wooden paneled rooms and white linen service for the meals. We slept on the boat the first night.

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More great views

These pictures speak for themselves. It would have been nice to have had more sun but the clouds and mist made it even more mysterious.

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Sunset over the bay

The sun finally peaked out for us in time for a gorgeous sunset.

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Kayaking

The morning of the second day was spent kayaking around the bay peeking in on small caves and lagoons in the area.

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Lunch on the beach

When we were finished kayaking we rowed to a secluded beach where lunch was set up for us. What a great way to spend the morning!

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More of Halong

The afternoon was spent on a short hike around one of the islands. Then we took a boat to the island of Cat Ba where we spent the night. Here are some more views of the Bay. The first is of a floating house that are scattered throughout the Bay.

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Floating Village

And a floating village where they have markets, fish farms, schools, etc. Everything that is needed for everyday life. The people make their money mostly from farming fish and from selling to the tourists. The houses are passed down from generation to generation. It is not possible to decide you want to live there and then build a house. You have to have been born there and follow the family tradition.

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One last view

One last view of the Bay.

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