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Ha Long Bay

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Boating on Halong Bay

Sacha, Rosa and I were picked up from our hostel in Hanoi and driven to Hai Phong and the pier where we would embark on a 3-day tour of Halong Bay. The Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered spectacular for its hundreds of thousands of limestone karsts—monolithic islands topped with dense vegetation. Some of the islands are hollow—making for some interesting cave exploration. After lunch on board, we set sail for our first group of caves inside one of those beautifully weird island mountains. The guide taught us to say “sing sot!” which means wow! in Vietnamese. The caves were really WOW!

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Sunset over Ha Long Bay

The three of us were transferred to another boat and immediately went kayaking with our new group. The water was surprisingly dirty in this area and I’m not the most confident kayaker, my arms were getting very tired, so I had to trust Sacha that we could work together and not tip the kayak. We made it back just before sunset. It was so beautiful to watch the colors changes over these cool looking mountains in the middle of the South China Sea. We shared a moment of silence while we tried to etch the view into our memories.

The next morning we re-joined our first group and sung_sot_cave_-_halong_bay_-_vietnamstopped at one of the beaches to hang out for a bit, then went to Cat Ba Island, the largest in the Bay. We endured the steep climb to take in the amazing view from the top of the mountain. It started raining while we were up there, so we very carefully descended in the pouring rain and waited for our bus to pick us up to take us to our hotel for a very late and much-needed lunch. We checked into our rooms and set off for the beach to rest and recover from our hike. We had to climb down a bunch of stairs from the overhanging cliff. The beach here is usually packed with tourists because of its beautiful fine white sand and clean water that changes from turquoise to jade depending on the light.

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