So, the three days went by and I took over 250 pictures of the bay and the rather interesting bungalow I spent a night in on the second night. Rather than make a glitzy collage, I’ll just share the album here. On the first day blue skies and that emerald green water. Man. That is some sight. Then you have all those limestone rock outcrops. The first day was cruising and a few activities I did not partake in. I wanted to sit on the sundeck and just see the place without having to go do things.
On the second day, we visited the Surprise Cave and its numerous huge grottos. Its a wondrous site knowing that as you go you are seeing basically the result of erosion and deposition inside the cave and the beautiful colors etched into the limestone. I really liked the cave! The weather was a bit overcast so the things that really stood out is that water. I have never seen water like that anywhere. I stayed the night in a Bungalow over on Cat Ba Island which is part of another beautiful bay with even more limestone formations.
As you can see, the area is just dotted with these limestone outcrops, little grottos, small fishing villages on the bay. Its almost dreamlike as you sail along. The fog on the second day hugged close to the surrounding areas.
I ended the second day sitting under an umbrella at the beach watching the waves comes in, people playing in the water. It was generally very quiet at the Bungalow we were at. At the next door bungalow though, people were partying down with music and singing. Its so quiet at night you can hear the individual voices of people.
Then the third day rolled around and our last. I was ready to get back but the things take time. Its a 3 hour bus ride from Halong City to Hanoi and by the time the tour bus just got close to the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, I was off that bus and walking to the hotel.
Then went out and had some Pho Bo and came home. I had been wanting some Pho all the trip but they fed us much better than that I guess.
So there you have it. My first tour here is done. Coming up in May I go to Hoi An for 4 days and pretty soon after that I leave Hanoi. All of the people I met were doing 3 or 4 days in Hanoi. I don’t know how someone can see a city like Hanoi with only that much time. I think living here for months is the best way for me.
Now i’m home and thinking about watching a YouTube movie later and sleeping in. On the cruise we were up early to get everything done. I really don’t like getting up early any longer.