Hello from Halong Bay!
Trip Start Dec 04, 2007
56Trip End Feb 26, 2008
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We arrived at the very busy harbor at Hai phong to see a large number of ships coming and going. This place must really move people in the high season. We were midweek and the weather, unfortunately, had gotten worse. Overcast skies and cold temps limited our stay outside the cabin the first night on the water. I would recommend this trip to any coming to Vietnam. The scenery is fabulous. The ship was clean and the food was great. The best thing about the cruise was the great bunch of fellow travelers who were also aboard
The scenery here is specacular. The limestone pillars rise straight up from the sea. The ancient Viet people believed the rock formations were the work of a great dragon. It is great to sit topside and watch the formations move past.
We visited a cave on one of the islands, a fishing village that also functioned as a fish farm, and went sea kayaking through some natural tunnels in the rock outcrops. After the first night, the weather warmed a little, we disembarked on Cat Ba Island. While Barbara and the rest of the group climbed up a mountain peak on Cat Ba, I rented a motorcycle and drove like a demon for two hours to see as much of this beautiful Island as I could before the group climbed down from the mountaintop. I drove from one end of the island to the other, through villages, and farmland, over mountains and along the coast. The road was full of hills and curves. Goats, puppies, chickens and cows were regular obstacles. I had a ball before re connecting with the group.
After w checked into the hotel, we visited an island which had monkeys
I had unwittingly been back there in that area earlier looking for a place to urinate
We spent the night at a nice hotel. I wondered how many tourists had been bitten by these animals. This could not have been the first, yet the tour companies keep touting "Monkey Island, Come see monkey Island!" The next morning we cruised back across the bay of islands to Haiphong, then were bused it back to Hanoi.
I'd recommend the trip to Ha long Bay to anyone coming to Vietnam. If you had more time, I think staying in Cat Ba town and renting cycles would be spectacular.