Sunday, August 27, 2006

Ha Long Bay Part I

Tu- Ha Long Bay

I took a two day, one night boat trip to Ha Long Bay with Vega Travel this week for a short break. Halong Bay is such an amazing place for a quiet and relaxing time, to get away from the motorbike horn, the shouting and the job stress. It is no wonder that this is one of the world natural heritage sites. Here is my story.

Ha Long Bay

The tour company picked me up from my house then we headed to Ha Long Bay, the trip taking us about three hours. The weather wasn't too good in the morning but it got better and the sun came out finally. I loved sunbathing on the top roof, and I took heaps of pictures and enjoyed drinking wine and cold beer. I took a small group trip with only eleven other people, a few from Spain, England and Viet Nam. The food was good on board the boat, we were served seafood, of course, and spring rolls, soup and salad and they also prepared a special menu for vegetarians as well.

Ha Long Bay

We went to what they call 'Surprising Cave' at first and this is a real wonder with an amazing cave with light and interesting rock formations. "Do you know what makes women happy?" asked my tour guide. Look at the picture below and you will get the answer :)

Ha Long Bay - surprising cave

After the cave, we went to Ti Top island where the boat stopped for awhile for us to climb up to the top of the hill which has an amazing view of Ha Long Bay. We left Ti Top to go kayaking nearby and swimming. This was the first time I'd ever tried kayaking and it was great. We swam until about six in the evening when we had dinner. I was a bit drunk at about eight after finishing off my wine and a few beers. I went to bed early but I woke up early the next day to catch the sun rise,at 5.30 in the morning. It was so quiet, nothing much happening around, just the boat engine going sometimes on and off. Sitting on the top of the boat in that peaceful atmosphere made me feel life is so nice and I just forget about the busy stress of normal life.

Ha Long Bay

To be continued...

35 comments:

Shoshauna said...

Ha Long Bay looks so beautiful and peaceful! I really miss it.

Hin said...

My family used to go to Halong bay almost every weekend, i've been there like countless times, still love it, love the fresh sea food and the mini beach all the way out in the bay... I miss it.

layered said...

Mr. Tu, great picutres as usual. You seem to have taken a couple of good climbs to get those aerial photos.
-- Mel

Preya said...

Hey Sexy, I didn't get to see you in Hanoi this time...hopefully in December:)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I've never been to
Ha Long Bay but it looks and sounds like a beautiful place to be. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your vacation.

Robin said...

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful place.

red said...

it was quiet a long time I didn't pop into your site, business was hectic. Still the good scence and give me the blue's to go back there. Keep up the good work. Really enjoyed it. John

junebee said...

Looking very much like a man of leisure there, Tu! What a great getaway. There's no such opportunity in the U.S.

junebee said...

I love the last picture, can I put it on my blog with a link to you?

April said...

you know, you really know how to have a nice time. and WHEN (not if) I get to Vietnam, Im hanging with you! :)

i was impressed by the picture of the food. how cute they made everything with decorations.

Monika said...

beautiful!

Lacie Rhiannon said...

This is one of my very favorite places to be in VN! And then you take a boat out around some of the islands and WOW! I have a photo of myself in a cave of one of the islands. It is a post card!!!

black feline said...

im definitely planning a trip...:)

BionicBuddha said...

What a wonderful trip!!! I'm glad to hear it was so relaxing.



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Winn said...

i went to saigon ho chih min and back yesterday!

whew i love vietnam it's really nice. !!

Nabeel said...

the picture of yours is soo great mannn .. it's awesomee .. looks soo relaxing and the place you are at .. it looks coool

Jackson said...

wow....it's such a great place. Can u review more information bout this place? Thinking of visit that place..hehe

Anonymous said...

Hi Tu

I am very homesick just by reading your blog and seeing the beautiful images of Viet Nam. I am looking forward to Part II of Vinh Ha Long.

Anomymous from Washington, D.C.

vngriffi1 said...

You look like you don't have a care in the world in the picture...I am so jealous! Ha Long Bay looks so dreamy. Your pictures of it inspire me to put it on my 'must see places before i die' list.

HunkyBoy said...

You are so sexy.. I love you.. Would u take me?

enchanteur said...

hello again.

i will be going over to Ho Chi Minh this December n travelling thru till Hanoi... if possible would like to meet up with you. tt would be way cool. ;-) let me know!!

Anonymous said...

Hello there. My name is Steven Rinella. I live in Alaska, in the United States, and I've been researching for an upcoming trip that I'm planning to Vietnam this winter. One thing I'd really like to do is try dog meat in Hanoi, and I was hoping to ask you a bit about that. I read your dispatch about the restaurants. My email address is stevenrinella@gmail.com is you can drop me a note. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Vietnamese God has died ? Does anyone know if he's still alive? heehee...

Rehab for drugs said...

Great photos, I yearn for the next ones!

Tim Rice said...

Ha Long Bay looks so inviting and rejuvenating. Wonderful photos!

Godknows said...

Hi all, thanks for all comments, sorry about no posts but my work has been busy and I had some time away for the Independence day holiday.
HunkyBoy, are you a young girl?

Flora said...

It makes me miss Vietnam. I didn't get to go to Ha Long Bay.

nerdeff said...

Hey man ths bay is really one of the most spectacular place i have seen on the Earth. I first learned about it from an article here http://www.wayfaring.info/2006/09/27/ha-long-bay-of-the-descending-dragon/

and i love it. You have also really nice pictures and information. TY

Godknows said...

Hi nerdeff, Flora: Thanks.

triptovietnam said...

We were very happy with our cruise on the Halong Bay with Ginger Cruise on 25th of April , 2007. The accommodation on board, the service and the food was really good.
All your staffs were very friendly and profesional.I highly apreciate their enthusiasm .Your service style made me very comfortable and happy during my trip.
I will be there next time
Thank you very much Mr Tony Thuc , Thank Asia-tourist company and thanks for all.
Kind regards
Grant Bacon , 39 Victoria RD,ClipfTon , New York, USA

grant@vikingfishing.co.za

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halongbayvietnam said...

It makes me miss Vietnam. I didn't get to go to Ha Long Bay.

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