Postcards from Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

17 Dec

One of my favorite experiences on this trip was a 3 day journey on a ship through Ha Long Bay. For only a few dollars more than staying at a hotel, we toured the thousands of limestone islands and slept in beautiful rooms on a boat gently floating in calm waters.

The soft limestone slowly wears away at the base, giving the islands their distinctive “top-heavy” shapes.

Kayaking, swimming, beaches, cycling and karaoke made for a packed weekend of entertainment. Or, you can just lay on a cot on the top deck of the ship and read in between Vietnamese seafood meals.


The view from atop the climb to Surprising Cave. As you may be able to guess, it’s a popular stop.






Throughout Ha Long Bay, women row small boats loaded with soda, water, beer and snacks hawking to the passing ships. Their arm muscles could give Popeye a run for his money.IMGP3126

One of the many floating homes. Some are tied together as villages, some only in small groups of two or three. Hanging from the blue tanks are sand-filled buckets, which are used to create clam farms. Sure-footed dogs roam the bamboo web, alerting their owners of any nighttime bandits.

Some of the homes actually had generator-driven power and television.P1000724


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7 thoughts on “Postcards from Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

    • I’m sure you’ll love it. We lucked out with ideal weather the entire weekend. It was really wonderful there. I could have stayed for a month.

    • I can’t recommend it highly enough. This was one of my serendipitous stumbles – I had never heard of it before I got to Hanoi (I do NO research until I get someplace, then I figure out what’s next). But the brochure looked nice, so I jumped on a tour. So amazingly worth it.

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