Maria and David Round The World Trip 2006/2007 travel blog

Entering the Hang Gung Sot caves.

Inside the caves.

View of the limestone karsts and our transport from the caves.

Floating shop!

Sunset, Halong Bay.

We got up at 5.30am to see the 'Halong Bay sunrise', but...

Halong Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a popular attraction among both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. The picturesque bay has more than 3,000 limestone karsts covered with vegetation and dotted with numerous caves of all shapes and sizes. You really can't go to Northern Vietnam without visiting Halong Bay! We booked a two day boat trip and slept overnight on the boat along with ten others. It gave us an opportunity to compare notes with other travellers on the various ways to get ripped off in Hanoi if you're not careful. Fortunately, we didn't fare too badly compared to some of the stories we heard!

We stopped off at the Hang Gung Sot caves and explored its vast chambers displaying massive stalactites and stalagmites. The cool interior of the caves was a welcome break from the heat outside. We also spent a few hours kayaking around the small islands which was a great way to take in the beautiful scenery. The water was the warmest we've ever swam in... almost like a bath!

Unfortunately the weather was a bit misty when we were there so the photos don't do it justice. Nonetheless, the mist only added to the mystique of this beautiful place!

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