Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Vietnam Trip - Halong Bay

Second day of my backpack began by preparing all our things to checkout from the hotel. We had an early flight (6:30am local time) to Hanoi and that time, we were very strict with the time and fortunately, we were right on time and did not miss our flight! Anyway, it was almost a two hours flight from Ho Chi Minh City to the capital Hanoi. Our arrival time in Hanoi was 8:30 in the morning and there, we met our tour guide Dung and we immediately got into the car for a three hour trip to Halong City.

About 12 in the afternoon, we reached the Halong port and Dung went inside to office and retrieved necessary tickets and chose a boat for us. It was a medium sized boat with 4 staffs and we were the only passengers. It was indeed a private tour and as soon as the boat started to move, we saw the breathtaking scene of Halong Bay. It was a nice view, very peaceful and calm. It was also a time to take a rest as we were informed that it will take two hours to reach the center of it and the beautiful cave.

Before arriving on the cave called Hang Sung Sot, we first had our lunch inside the boat which were mostly seafoods and freshly cooked. Dung said that we need energy to reach the top of the cave. We then came to the mouth of the cave after many steps reaching the top. When we came inside, whew! It was so beautiful and the rock formations were really nice. There were some stories and sometimes funny stuffs that Dung presented to us. The way to the end of the cave was very tiring but worth it.

Upon reaching the top, wow! The sight was really cool, very refreshing and seemed like we don't want to leave the beautiful scenery. We rested for a while then it was time for another steps but that time it was easier as the path was downward. We saw some locals selling fresh seafoods and other stuffs in their boat and Dung bought something but I forgot what it was called.

We came back to the boat, Ann and I decided to do kayak and we really had fun! At first we were unstable but eventually, we were able to grasp the technique on getting it perfectly. It was a very tiring moment yet very enjoyable. I think we spent almost two hours on that activity. After the long hours of visiting the famous bay, we headed our way back to port at around 5 in the afternoon and we had super nice rest on the top of boat while observing the sunset, it was a picturesque and we were happy we experienced that moment. More Vietnam pictures here!

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