Halong Bay

halong_bayWe’re now back in Hanoi, after a fantastic three days in Halong Bay. We spent most of the time travelling around the incredible limestone karsts on gorgeous wooden junks.

We spent the first night on the boat, and the second at Cat Ba Plaza hotel, on Cat Ba Island. In between, we kayaked, went on a two hour hike in the Cat Ba National Park, where we met an old couple who had moved there from the mainland, 20 years ago, and who go out once a month for rice and other supplies but grow everything else themselves.

We ate lunch on a deserted beach (aside from a Parisian couple who were rowed over from their boat for a swim!). All of the meals were wonderful – beautiful and fresh, tasty and filling. The drinks on board were expensive though, easy to spend $10 on beer and water in one day. Still, in the larger scheme of things it wasn’t an issue.

We had such a great time!

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