Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay is full of small limestone islands which dramatically jut from the sea. The effect is magical. Not surprising, the islands were created by a dragon, which is currently resting at the bottom of the bay - so, no shouting!
There are many boats that take visitors through the bay. These leave from a central cruise terminal. It is all well organized and we joined a throng of tourists from China (the border is only a few miles away). We had a private tour and ate a lovely lunch on board. It is misty and so the islands appeared mysterious and intriguing. We stopped to tour a large cave on one of the islands. It was a dry, well-light cave. (Caves usually give me the creeps because they are wet and dark).
The Bay is another must-see if you are in northern Vietnam. It is spectacular and unlike anything in the U.S. It is about a four-hour drive from Ha Noi. We spent the night at the nearby Novotel and then cruised the following morning and then drove back to Ha Noi in the afternoon.
|The boats are medium-size, seating about 100 and the water was very calm
|A view of one island