Vietnam: 2-day trip to Halong Bay

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Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site, including around 1600 islands and islets forming spectacular scales of limestone pillars. We booked a 2 day trip with sleeping on the boat from Hanoi and it cost us 60$ with food included.

Original price was 69$, but since we are in Asia, you can always haggle. Go around few agencies before you book the tour, ask what kind of boat it is and compare prices. Some offers we got were around 120$.

The next morning the bus picked us up to drive to Halong Bay, which took around 4,5 hours. The bus ride was totally ok, not a sleeper, but not the Indian bus as well ;) I must say the whole organization was pretty good on the first day, where we did not wait too long anywhere. After arriving at the harbor, we waited around 30 min before we could go to our boat.
The boat: you get what you pay for, and I did not have any high expectations. The cabins was small, but clean, with private bathroom. The only thing, our bathroom door locker was broken and there was no way to close it. But hey, it is just for one day.

Activity during the tour: visit of one beautiful cave in the island. Kayaking in the evening under the falling sun. I tried kayaking for the first time, and I must admit it was real fun! Especially with that spectacular scenery around.

Next morning do not forget to get up earlier to catch the sunrise. Since it was cloudy, I did not see the sun rising, but sitting at the edge of the boat while everyone was still asleep and listening to peaceful quietness was very meditative. After a small breakfast, we started our way back to the harbor, enjoying beautiful scenery around. Upon arrival, we had lunch in a small restaurant nearby and then the bus picked us up to go back to Hanoi. We had to wait around 40 min for the bus to pick us up, but still ended up arriving to Hanoi quit in time.

All in all it was great tour. Halong Bay is truly amazing and magical and worth the visit and the money spend!

Smile, dream and go traveling!

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