Halong Bay Day 2
Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
16Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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Breakfast was served at 8:00am as we cruised thru Bai Tu Long bay to a fishing village, breakfast was only about 5 courses which included Pho Ga which was delicious, again all the food was great.
We arrived at Cong Dam fishing village around 10:00am & we were paddled thru the village by the local's, the young girl who paddled us had a beautiful smile
Cong Dam is an old small village, which has retained largely intact it's traditional fishing culture with a population of 120 people. It is far from the mainland & is isolated from the normal tourist route so the landscape here still retains it's primitive features & a very fresh enviroment. Most villagers haver never put foot on the mainland. As we were paddled thru the village it was amazing to see the way they live & make a living.
We stopped & visited the school & watched the beautiful kids enjoying their classes & walked thru the museum. We then paddled across to the pearl farm to see how they grow & harvest the pearls. Fortunately for me, i didn't have my credit card on me as Di took a liking to few items.
We were then taken back to our junk where we had some free time for a swim before lunch. Lunch again was a 7 course feast as we sailed to a beach near Thien canh son cave
Dinner tonight was in Thien Canh son cave, so we we went back to the boat to shower & change. At around 7:00pm we went aboard the tender to the cave, the stairway to the cave was lit up & was a spectacular sight. We climbed the stairs to the cave & entered the first part of the cave which was like a big hall, we then entered the main part of the cave where the dining table was set up & was a spectacular sight. As we entered the dining area we were all welcomed by the crew who were standing & clapping us in.
Dinner was being cooked on bbq's out the back of the cave which the crew had set up earlier. We were asked on the boat what drinks we wanted & they were then put in an esky a bought into the cave for us to enjoy.
We all enjoyed another multiple course feast featuring bbq'd seafood which the crew had prepared with sensational presentation, it was truly a beautiful meal in a stunning location & was a certainly a highlight of our trip & will live long in our memories.
After dinner, the crew were introduced to us, speeches were made & one of the crew members sang us a song. A few of the teenagers on board recriprocated with a version of 'home amongst the gum trees' then we all sang 'Waltzing matilda' to the crew, who most knew the words.
We then made the walk back thru the cave & down the stairs to the tender & arrived back on the boat around 9:30pm. A storm was brewing & the Captain wanted to set sail to the same cove we were anchored in the night before, so we had a few nightcaps of Mai thai's & Mojito's on the moonlight deck as we sailed towards the cove & Di & myself called an end to our night around 10:30pm & went to bed.