Holidaying in Hanoi (Part 2)

Going to Hanoi is incomplete without the visit to Halong Bay, a UNESCO site.

"Halong Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf, including the sea area of Ha Long City and Cam Pha Town and part of Vân Don island district. It abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the shore with a 120 km-long coastline. It is located within 106o58’-107o22’ east longitude and within 20o45’- 20o50’ north latitude. The site is 1553 sq. km with 1969 islands of various sizes, of which 989 have been named.

The islands in Ha Long Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bái Tử Long Bay and southwestern part of Hạ Long Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Hạ Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of Ha Long Bay Natural Heritage, including HaLong Bay and a part of Bái Tu Long Bay.

The area is recognized as the World Natural Heritage that is the area of 434 sq. km with 775 islands. It looks like a giant triangle with Ðầu Gỗ Island (in the west), Ba Hầm Lake (in the south) and Cống Tây Island (in the east) as its three angle points." - extracted from Red Dragon Junk website.

We booked our 2D1N Halong bay trip through Red Dragon Junk. The junk we travelled in is called Dragon Pearl Junk. It is a refurbished old junk. The interior looked very classy and new. There were activities like exploring Thien Canh Son cave, kayaking around the cave, fishing and swimming. There was also a visit to the Vung Vieng Fishing Village with a long ride on a boat. The dining onboard was also very very good. The overall experience was simply fantastic. My family just have good raves about this experience. Out of five stars, we'll give it a six stars!

I'll let the pictures do the convincing.

On our way to Halong Bay
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Road side hawker
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Many junks docked on the bay, awaiting customers' arrival
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Welcoming us to the Junk
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Upper sundeck
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Captain and the wonderful team onboard
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Our twin share room
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Set sail
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Santa Claus resemblance?
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One of the fishing village
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Sumptuous lunch onboard
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View from Thien Canh Son cave
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Inside limestone cave
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Getting ready for Kayaking
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Dusk hours
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Full moon
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Full moon that provides the light over the darkness
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Sumptuous Dinner onboard
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Prawn Mentis, a very ugly looking sea creature. The flesh is soft and tasted like prawns. But I still prefer the taste of prawns as it's more firm and succulent.
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After dinner, it was time to retire for the night...

3 comments:

Kitchen Corner said...
December 2, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Woah Jane! There are plenty of good food!That's very nice view from Thien Canh Son cave! I like the boat too, it looks very classic.

Passionate About Baking said...
December 2, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Yes Grace. It's actually very romantic for couples. The junk room is really very Chinese type. The scenery is very nice. The setback is the 3.5hours travel to and fro Hanoi to the bay.

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Yes Grace. It's actually very romantic for couples. The junk room is really very Chinese type. The scenery is very nice. The setback is the 3.5hours travel to and fro Hanoi to the bay.

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