This post should have been slightly longer, but like our trip to Halong Bay, it has been curtailed. I blame the weather.
We originally booked a 3-day/2-night trip through Kangaroo Cafe – the original, not one of the imposters. We were on the bus from Hanoi when we learned that due to an incoming monsoon, the authorities had forbidden any boats to stay on the bay overnight. Our 3-day trip had just become a 1-day tour.
Not to worry. As the Backstreet Boys say, “You got to roll with it…”
Things started brightly with an introduction to Vietnam/stand-up set from our tour guide: “In Vietnam we like to eat dog. But we never eat our own dog. No, no. We only eat our neighbours dog.” And so on.
After about a four hour drive (plus a 30-minute stop for refreshments) we arrived at the bay. We stood around the harbour for a bit while our boat fought its way to the front and then, finally, we were off. While the boat sailed towards out into the bay, we were treated to a lovely seafood lunch. Luckily, the weather was holding so we managed to get some nice snaps.
|Lots of boats|
|The view from on deck|
|This rock looks like a dog (supposedly)|
|Sea caves up close|
|Girl in Vietnamese national dress|
|Rio 2016 here I come (hang on, where's Karen?)|
|It looks better in real life, trust me|
|View of the bay outside 'Amazing Cave'|
|Floating village at dusk|
|Bye bye Halong Bay|
If we’re ever back in the area we’d probably want to visit it again but we'd definitely try and avoid the rainy season!
On a side note, I can recommend Kangaroo Cafe. The tour was well run and the guides were good. When we returned to Hanoi they happily refunded us the difference between the 3-day and 1-day tour price.
Next up: Hue.
Current Location: Nha Trang until 11th July
Next Stop: Saigon