I once saw some photos of Halong Bay some years ago and I decided then that I would make it my mission, to one day see the beauty for myself. So, when the opportunity came along to go to Vietnam, of course you say, a big fat “YES” and you do it. Photos cannot begin to show the beautiful detail of what is considered as one of the most beautiful places on earth. The awe-inspiring, magical limestone islets will leave you speechless as you glide through them on your cruise. Here are some snapshots from my cruise around one of the natural wonders of the world.
The water was so smooth and rich blue. It made the whole experience of gliding through the close together islets very calm and peaceful. Just what you need after a few days in the crazy, manic capital, Hanoi.
Hidden coves with even more islets of all shapes and sizes popping out of the water.
The view from Hospital Cave at Cat Ba National Park was amazing but full of cruise boats and Chinese day tourists boats.
Halong is home to a few hundred people in several floating villages. It always amazes me to see the way different people live in the world. Halong Bay’s floating villages was one of the most inspiring ones to me. They even have a school there and a pearl factory.
Two of the village children playing in their family boat.
Everywhere you turn, there are new shapes and sizes of the islets. Being so up and close to them made you feel so tiny in this great world.
Of course, from one of the most beautiful places on the earth, you would expect the sunsets to be amazing. And that it was.
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”