Southeast Asia

Magical Mystical Halong Bay

This video almost never happened; this trip out into the bay almost never happened. Don’t you love when mother nature throws a wrench into your plans? Actually I shouldn’t complain since I’ve had really spectacular weather for most of my trip.

Vlog #19: Contiki Big Indochina Adventure: Halong Bay, Vietnam

Chinese Junk Boats- Halong Bay, Vietnam

Faced with the possibility of having to turn back and stay in town at a hotel instead of out on the bay, we took a chance and chose to wait 2 and 1/2 hours to see if we could try one more time to venture out onto the water. Luckily our waiting worked out for the best and they eventually allowed some boats into the bay.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Our boat’s captain took us through a different route than what they usually go through, so we did end up missing out on a few viewpoints and beaches that they apparently stop at. However,  just being out on the bay was good enough for us!

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Wow, can I just say how absolutely beautiful Halong Bay is; hundreds of mini islands darting out from the sea. Spectacular! I even kind of enjoy the fog covering since it gives it that Magical Mystical feel, something I am all to familiar with when it comes to famous tourist spots.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

One item of disappointment; I did pick up on all the trash floating in the bay. So much garbage, it really is a shame. I would not go swimming in this bay.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

That night we anchored in a small cove with a couple other boats and had ourselves a small pirate themed party before heading to bed.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The next morning the fog had cleared quite a bit and the water was calm and perfect for us to do a bit of kayaking through a hole in the rock which lead to an even smaller, private cove.

Kayaking- Halong Bay, Vietnam

There Krista and I attempted to look for monkeys which alas, failed. So instead we sung Disney songs all the way back to the junk boat. (I saved you from hearing them in the video).

Chinese Junk Boat Cruise - Halong Bay, Vietnam

And then that was it. It was back into the harbour and back to Hanoi where we said our final goodbyes to everyone. Thus the end of my 25 day Contiki Big Indochina Adventure.

Exhausted yet? Well I hope not since we are jumping right into the Thai Island Hopper East next! See you soon!

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  • Reply
    Ben Walton
    April 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I love reading these posts, the pictures are always amazing and you make the videos so fun and interesting to watch. It brings back great memories for me. I’ve just come back from pretty much the same trip as you, New Zealand, Australia (but I did West Coast this time, I went up the East Coast in 2005) and SE Asia, but I did it to the reverse to you (I’m afraid not with Contiki, this time). After the noise and traffic of Hanoi going out to Halong Bay was something else. The boat we stayed on looked very similar to yours, top quality, and I remember the food on there was so good. Chilling out at night under the stairs listening to Bob Marley drinking tiger beer is something I’ll never forget.
    The first day we went to one of the Islands with a beach (full of local tourists if I remember, all playing soccer) and climbed to the top, the views were amazing, the bay goes out as far as the eye can see. Then the next day we visited Hang Sung Sot Grotto (Cave of Surprises) which was just as impressive as the bay itself. But just being out on the bay would be worth it.
    So where’s the next destination?

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    May 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Landscape is stunning, those rocks are magical indeed!

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