Ha Long Bay
Trip Start Mar 16, 2006
24Trip End Apr 19, 2006
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After two days exploring here, yesterday, we loaded up in a car and drove 3 hours east to Ha Long Bay. It was fantastic and beautiful!!! We took a boat for a day into the bay where we visited caves, a lagoon with a "bat cave" that had no bats, and fished for squid. We spent the night, did a hike this morning, and headed back. There were several other travelers on our boat...a couple from Quebec City, a couple from San Jose, CA, a family from Switzerland and two couples from holland. We were easily 10 years younger than the closest couple, but it was still a blast! They kept feeding us over and over!!! Tons of food.
This place is both beautiful and sad. The landforms are amazing, around 3,000 islands in the bay just shooting up from the sea
Most of the people who live in Ha Long Bay are fisherman, and were born there. They live on the water in floating villages, and seem to be very happy and well fed. We met some of the children at the stops we made along the way...
Okay, so this doesn't really do it justice, but will give you a little bit of an idea where we have been.