We have just got back from a trip around the beautiful Halong bay, the scenery was so stunning, even with the weather being a bit on the cloudy side! We took a two day boat trip around he limestone casts of the bay on a rather small and 'cosy' old wooden junk boat. We think our trip was the budget option, as our boat pulled up to the floating villages to collect supplies such as toilet roll, fish for our dinner and clean water before we set off!
On the first day we got to kayak for an hour or so around several caves and gorgeous coral reefs (the pictures don't do it justice), where we saw lots of colourful fish! We were a bit dubious at first as our boat driver just halled us into the kayak, pointed to a few dark caves and said 'one hour'. The sea was so quiet and flat it was almost a bit errie but an unbelivably fantastic experience.
After staying the night in our breezy boat we got up to do a walking tour of some caves, the first was a bit touristy and was all lit up in bright coloured lights-odd! The highlight of this one was the cute monkey outside! The second was a bit more enjoyable as we had to squeeze through some parts! We then pulled into a very idillic spot for dinner where we jumped into the water from the boat, it was so fun! However when we got out we realised that we had been swimming amongst some jellfish-ahhh!
Since returing we heard the sad news that a boat with serveral tourists on board sank whilst we were there. Our thoughts go out to those affected by this and the families of the deceased.
We are off to Hue on an overnight bus, so see you there! love as always xxxx