After an early morning pick up from our hostel, we made the 3 hour mini bus trip north to the coastal town of Halong, where we were to board our 'junk boat'-their name not ours! which was to be our accommodation for the next couple of days. Arriving at the dockside, we were welcomed by the sight of around 70 other boats destined for the same trip. After a sopt of lunch aboard our boat 'Imperial Junk II', we set sail. Despite the cold and foggy weather, the views were breathtaking as we sauntered past 60 or so rocky islands dotted around the bay. Due to the tranquility of our surroundings and the impending mist, it was it was a really relaxing, if not a little eerie atmosphere. We then sat down to a pretty dismal dinner (mainly fish and everything on offer was all deep fried) and looked forward to the karaoke and entertainment that we had been promised. However, with the staff choosing to celebrate Tet on their own with copious amounts of rice wine and the rest of the guests on board settling down to an early night, we decided to head back to our cabin, which at first glance looked a little like a geisha house, and fall asleep to the sounds of 'interesting' Vietnamese pop songs.