Gia Thinh Hotel
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... of Halong Bay, a group of some 1600 uninhabited limestone pillar islands in the Gulf of Tonkin … (Thanks to Jennifer Martin for recommending this absolutely unmissable overnight boat tour!) Viewing the scenery and enjoying the novelty of a “junk cruise” would easily have been enough, but a spectacular cave tour, swimming on one of the small island beaches, and an early morning tai chi session enhanced the ...
We opted for a 2night, 3day cruise on Halong bay. Once we got there we were so glad that we did because it gave us an extra day to just relax. The extra day gave us an opportunity to do an excursion to some areas of the bay that tourist don't get to see. We had our own secluded beach and kayaked through some amazing limestone caves the day was absolutely stunning. We arrived back to our boat to meet up with new friends to enjoy the sunset, dinner and have a beautiful ...
... the lights the sounds, and the darkness, all coming together to make it feel like we were watching a giant school of multicolored fish swimming around a reef at night occasionally glittering as the moon rays pierced the darkness.
We exited our taxi at our hotel and slowly walked up the stairs. It felt like we had been here for a week already! We were ready for a good nights sleep and excited for one of the most anticipated days of our trek—Halong ...
... and stunning. We also saw a Vietnamese wedding party, who quickly grabbed us to be in some of their photos - weird! Unfortunately we were all to soaked and tired to think of getting some of our own photos with them.
Next was the temple of literature, a serene collection of buildings and parks where scholars used to study.
Last stop for the day was the Opera house, after a lengthy walk we ...
... afternoon sun on our backs was now a fine mist of frigid vapour and what was once a happy cruise was now a dangerous tightrope with visibility down to 15 metres.
To begin with, however, it was all an impressive natural novelty. I donned my ridiculous poncho that covered not just me but my entire bike from handlebars to saddlebags and we wasted no time in taking some moody and atmospheric snaps and videos. Soon, though, our reduced visibility took its toll and it meant ...
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