Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Amazing Ha Long Bay

Arrived Hanoi Train station at 4.30 am sharp. Took a taxi straight to Hanoi Guest House. I got the feeling that we got cheated by the taxi driver. He brought us around the city until the meter reads VND70,000. Anyway, when we got to the guesthouse, they were kind enough to allow us have our shower and we took breakfast at the stall next door. At 8.30 am sharp, our van came to pick us up to Ha Long Bay. Our group comprises of 1 German and 2 Singaporean. Quite a small group for a boat with 8 rooms. The journey took 3 hours by road to the jetty.
Our package include all meals (except drinks) plus 1 night accommodation on the boat and entrance fees for Cave visit, swimming at the beach and Kayaking.
Photo: Visiting the Cave
Photo: Kayaking

Photo: At the beach.. but the water was too cold for a swim

Photo: The Amazing Ha Long Bay
Photo: Boat selling sundries and fruits
Overnight on board the boat. Photo: Boat gypsies selling during the night.. including beverages...

Photo: Boat selling in the morning

Had breakfast on the boat. We left for Hanoi after lunch near the jetty. Photo: Fisherman at work.


Zawi said...

Great write up. Nice guide for my next destination to travel to.
Thanks brother.

cibol said...

This year is gone but it had also made us a little strong.
The path was long but we walked it with a song
There were fears and tears but we also had some reasons for cheers
Wishing you and your family a blessed new year