Ha Long Bay

Long post. Can’t decide what photos to share so why not share lots!

We took #cloubledoubtsontour advice and booked a 3 day 2 night Ha Long Bay cruise with Vega Travel. This tour was definitely worth it’s higher price when compared to other tours on offer, simply because on day 2 – you are sailing where no other boats go. You might come across 2 others but otherwise it is utter peace!

Day 1:

We drove from Hanoi to the Ha Long Bay dock to get on our boat. Then we sailed out into the bay. We explored a giant cave, sunbathed on the top deck and kayaked as the sun set. We then anchored up in the bay for the night! Dinner on board with a beautiful evening view and our guide turned into a magician with some games for us all to tear our hair out over.

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Day 2:

This was an action packed day. Breakfast in the bay followed by a trip to Viet Hai – a little island that needed to be explored. We did just that. A bike ride through the village, a hike into the bush and some rock climbing (literally…climbing up steep rocks) for a view. After returning to the boat, we docked at another bay and went swimming. Lots of jumping of the boat and living life as intended. We also went on a floating house to see their 80kg pet fish. We then headed for Cat Ba island, where we spent a night in a hotel. We enjoyed dinner with some new friends from our cruise!

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Waking up to this! There was a couple on their honeymoon on the cruise who were also heading to NZ, so I am writing a little “NZ 101” for them.
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Beginning our Viet Hai exploration…

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Village School. It was Sunday so no children inside.

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The view from our room in Cat Ba

Day 3:

We spent a few hours continuing through Ha Long Bay, making our way back to the dock to return to Hanoi. Farewell Ha long Bay!

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Mr Binh our tour guide “Mr Bean”

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Francis testing the lighting always makes for a great photo op!

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