After leaving Mai Chau we caught a ride back to Hanoi. We stayed one more night in Hanoi before then heading out to Ha Long Bay. We heard how beautiful it was there so we had to go see for ourselves. I’m not much for tours, but the only way I could find to see Halong Bay was to sign up for a tour that includes a one or two night stay on what they call a traditional “Junk Boat”. Most of these boats have only about 10 cabins on them. So it’s always a fairly small group which makes it really nice. We opted for one night on the Legacy Cruise boat, which is what I would recommend. A 2nd night there would have been just more of the same. You get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8 am and you arrive at Ha Long Bay around 12 noon. Once boarding the boat and the first thing they do is serve you lunch. Lunch was great, I was actually surprised how great it was with fresh seafood among other things. The first stop the boat makes is at a cave called Surprising Cave. Which in my opinion could be skipped. Yes it’s a big cave, but it’s like a cattle call there. 100′s of tourists are lined up to walk through this cave. Kind of like you’re in line for a ride at Disneyland. Not worth it. I would have rather spent more time kayaking around the bay. After the cave is when we went kayaking but it was only for about 45 minutes. I should have had them drop us off at the kayaks before the cave. Anyway, once you’re back on the boat you can’t help but enjoy the beautiful view in every direction you look. So amazing!!!
Headed to board the boat.
The local mini market.
View from the entrance to the cave.
Local fishing village in the distance.
Interested in some ocean front property? I think I can get you a good price.
Love these bamboo boats the fisherman use.
Our cabins had a great view. This is what I woke up to the next morning.
Amber I think Orange is your color.
The next day we got to ride on one of the bamboo boats and cruise around the fishing village with many more great views.
The boat also did a cooking class on how to make fresh spring rolls.
Yes, we had to take the traditional hat picture.
Loved out tour guide Cuong!! Such a funny guy. He was always making everybody laugh.
Also got to visit a pearl farm. It was interesting to see how the process for harvesting pearls works.