12.01.2014 - 13.01.2014 19 °F
Greetings friends and family!
We recently took a two day one night trip to Ha Long Bay. It was the first time we saw the sun in 12 days of being in Vietnam. Finally! Did you know that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site? Ha long Bay means "Descending Dragon Bay"' and is littered with approximately 1900 limestone karsts. It is said that the limestone in this area has endured 500 million years of climate and environment change.
We decided to go for one night and two days, whereby we stayed on a boat over night along with about 20 other people. We were served loads of sea food (which I mostly didn't eat) that all came out of Ha Long Bay with the previous 24 hours. Shrimp, sea bass, cat fish and more fish we couldn't identify. I Played it safe and ate mostly chicken and rice. We did make friends with a couple from Switzerland and managed to share a couple meals together. This wasn't a booze cruise by any means, but I managed to order a White Russian at one point which spawned a wonderful conversation about our mutual appreciation for The Big Lebowski. Ahh, how I enjoy the random threads which tie is together.
Over the course of two days we toured about 40 Kilometers of Ha Long Bay. That sounded like a lot to me until I learned Ha
Long Bay is about 1,550 square kilometers. Since we were on a tour there was a set schedule for nearly every hour of the trip. We kayaked a little, visited a floating village, did some massive cave exploration and we even got a crash course in how to wrap spring rolls. It was a pretty solid experience all around.
A little power lifting in the caves:
Ana whipping up a spring roll:
Here's a couple more photos to try and convey the experience, although i'm not convinced any of these photos can accurately do justice to the real thing:
...and any tour is a good tour when demand is high for a group photo:
Be well and safe travels amigos!