Trip Start Feb 16, 2010
21Trip End Apr 08, 2010
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We had arranged to spend the night on an old Vietnamese junk boat . When we boarded the boat we checked into our rooms, and were over the moon, it was the comfiest bed we had had in weeks. The junk was actually quite posh inside and the staff were constantly serving us fresh fruit and sea food. There were only 5 of us staying on the junk that night, so it meant that there was plenty of food to go around., and also lots of sunloungers to choose from. I dont think either of us have ever been as relaxed as we were when we were sailing through Halong Bay, so much so that we were constantly napping
Later that day we boarded what the locals called a boat, and what I what call a floating basket, it was brilliant. A lady rowed us through the locals floating village. We got out of teh basket breifly to look at the floating school and the aquarium. This really tickeled me, we were in teh middle of teh sea and they have a net full of fish that they call and aquarium.
It is also quite an eye-opener when you see the houses that the locals live in. In all honesty we have bigger sheds at home, and most of there homes resembled teh hwendy house that my Dad made me when i was younger. But nether the less the children were playing out, and they all seem to have pets dogs. I tough t that this was cute as the dogs had clearly mastered walking along the poles in between each house. Where as Paul (Mr Synical) thought that the dogs were there soley as food, i hope he wasnt right.
That night on boar \d the junk we were served a massive seafood banquet. The food was such good quality, and it was brilliant to try foods that we would never noramlly have ordered
We ate the quid the next day, and even if i do say so myself it was delicious. We both had an amazing couple of days on baord, and would loved to have stayed longer. Im pretty sure that we will return here again one day. The limestone formations are breath taking, and something that we never tired of looking at.