Hi there. Mrs. Wombats report on our trip to Halong Bay…..
Well after much consideration on all the ways there were available to take in the UNESCO area known as Halong Bay, we opted for a two day one night cruise with a medium priced company operating as FANTASEA .
We had a great time, not taking on all the options available to do, for example climbing a hill with a monumental number of steps for a great view from the top of one of the limestone karsts was a no go, some one on the cruise will forward to us their photos 🙂
We did climb (400+ steps) to the entrance of a large limestone cavern and on viewing with a guide who some how we lost in all the multitude came to the conclusion, it falls along way short on the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China, both are alight with garish lighting, but that’s Asia.
The first afternoon I had the opportunity to take swim in the netted area of Titov Island named for a Russian cosmonaut ? and then came kayaking, well neither Paul nor I and a couple of others as I later found out, would not fit into one. A snooze was the order of the day to be followed by dinner at a snug mooring with about eight other smaller boats. A few drinks on deck and none of the projected karaoke, no one opted for squid fishing and all was quiet aboard by 10pm.
Next morning after a so so breakfast we checked out of our cabins and made ourselves comfortable on deck, so the cabins could be readied for the next influx of guests. We cruised slowly through the inner islands, it was truly beautiful, Paul & I had been up since sunrise (we were the only ones). Towards luncheon we were shown how to make Vietnamese spring rolls and everyone joined in making them, these were then our entree. We had a very good farewell luncheon and hopped on our small launch for a trip back to the main wharf.
Ashore at approximately midday we then had another four hour trip back to Hanoi in a hard seated mini bus with the obligatory happy stop (toilets) these were amongst if not the cleanest we have had the option of using. there was also A MAMMOTH sized shopping outlet with restaurant and cafe. There was every conceivable souvenir you could imagine at the most inconceivable prices.
Today after our epic trip to Halong Bay we are taking it easy and planning our next move.
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