Halong Bay is the classic picture postcard scene of Vietnam, its the one of the huge limestone karsts rising up from the sea. There are dozens and dozens of them formed many millions of years ago. I booked a boat trip out into the bay which included kayaking around and through the limestone rocks. The residential part of the bay is actually quite quiet compared to the commercial side where hundreds of boats gather.
We were taken around in the morning by our guide who took us through soms caves into wide open lagoons, it was similar to some of the rock formations i had seen in Thailand but far more of them. We had a great meal on the boat and then we were left to our own devices in the afternoon, i decided to do a bit more kayaking around the bay along with this american girl. At times we were the only people there, a strange feeling.
Sadly the next day i was struck down with the flu which wiped me out for the next 5 days, literally couldn’t do a thing and didn’t feel like doing anything so just had to put up with it. It was a shame i didn’t see anymore of Halong Bay and the surrounding area but it sure made an impression in just one day of kayaking.
Sunset at Halong Bay –