Halong bay view
When one thinks of Vietnam, the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh instantly comes to mind.
However, for scenic beauty and rustic simplicity, Halong Bay is the place to be.
The best time to visit Vietnam is between December and April as the dry weather provides the best weather conditions for sight-seeing.
Before visiting Halong Bay, we took a short detour on the bus from Hanoi.
After spending the morning on the bus, we finally arrived in the scenic Halong Bay.
We soon noticed other tourists arriving by the 'bus loads' as well.The bay was lined with two-decked boats finished with a Vietnamese flag, flying high and proud in the wind.
Thankfully, we were blessed with a cool weather upon arrival. As we sailed in the bay, a slight parting in the clouds allowed the sun to shed its radiant rays onto the gleaming and calm waters.
The nearby cliffs were shadowed by the clouds, giving all due attention to the luminescent sun. Our eyes were treated to a grand feast.
The boat soon brought us to a 'distant' shore where we disembarked to explore a limestone cave.
I personally prefer the limestone caves of Guilin, China. To me, they have always seemed the best among all the various formations I have seen.
As we left the caves, the sun was beginning to set. While on our way to a small island nearby, I snapped a quick picture of a kayak being rowed with the magnificent sunset behind it.
Night fell upon us, and we were to spend the night on the boat. My wife who is prone motion sickness was worried about this daft situation. However, we were reassured that Halong Bay is a "bay" after all, and there would not be any waves.
And much to our surprise, we enjoyed our night on the boat very much!
The next day in Halong Bay, we proceeded to an area surrounded by mountains, reachable only at low tide by small boats. The moments spent there were unforgettable. The quiet, peaceful and tranquility of the place left me speechless.Not long after, we were transported back to 'civilisation'. Even though the stay was just two days, the sights and sounds were remarkable!
Post by : Indochina Sails