Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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As you can see from the pictures, it sadly was not the sunniest or clearest day when we visited Ha Long Bay. No matter, it’s beautiful regardless. If anything, a little more interesting and mysterious, what with the fog and mist and all.

Ha Long Bay is located about a 3 – 4 hour drive out of Hanoi, and is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, in the Quang Ninh Province. The name literally translates to “descending dragon bay,” and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.The bay includes, I believe, almost 2000 islands and islets, and is just breathtakingly beautiful, especially when you’re floating through it on a boat, without a single care in the world…

We took a fantastic trip with Intrepid Travel; our guide was one of the best I’ve ever encountered. He knew his stuff inside out, and managed to explain it in a way that continued to be interesting and engaging all day long. If you’re interested, this is the trip we did, and for $118 per person including transfers, an enormous lunch, a top notch guide and driver, and a few other little surprises, it was money VERY well spent.

For an extra, very tiny fee (so small I can’t actually remember what it was now!), we paid the locals at the fishing village we visited to hire out a few canoes, and paddled ourselves around for a while. It was a truly incredible experience, to be out on the calm, still water, enveloped in calm.

But you’re not hear to read about it; here’s what it looked like on the day we visited…

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10 thoughts on “Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  1. Finally! 😀 I’ve been waiting for this post! 😉 Too bad about the weather, still beautiful though!! (I’ve been doing a lot of research on Halong Bay and I haven’t come across any cloud-free pictures yet)

    • Oh yay! So glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, I haven’t seen a heap of first hand pictures that are cloud free either, but it honestly just made it more amazing in real life!

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