Day 235… Halong Bay
One thing i have discovered in this amazing journey of mine is this: the important thing about having lots of incredible things to remember, and new people to call friends, is that you’ve got to go somewhere afterward where you can remember them. You’ve got to stop. You haven’t really been anywhere until you’ve got back home. And I am very much looking forward to discovering where on earth that will be. And I have a feeling the end result will be a surprise for us all.. me included.
Now, we drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs). Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam’s most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind and… may I say… one of the most stunningly beautiful displays of nature i have seen thus far this side of the Amazon River/ Rainforest, Grand Canyon or Iguazu Falls. After a bit of boaty boaty fun, we jump into our tender to slip out to a quite lovely cave complex hidden amongst the islelets. Lit by coloured lights, the caves are quite pretty. Then its off to a beach and some chilly water before we wave a temporary goodbye to 2 of the group as they head to land. The rest of us stay aboard for dinner and an overnight fun filled evening of cocktails and party games.