Halong Bay


For this post, the pictures will (mainly) speak for themselves.
HaLong Bay is about 4 hours by bus north of Hanoi.image

I think the ballot box may have been stuffed for some of these choices, but Halong Bay definitely deserves to be on the list of Natural Wonders.

I think the ballot box may have been stuffed for some of these choices, but Halong Bay definitely deserves to be on the list.

The surrounding area is starting to get built up, with lots of hotels across from the beach.

The surrounding area is starting to get built up, with lots of hotels across from the beach.

We, however, spent the night on the Emeraude.

We, however, spent the night on the Emeraude.

Take a good look.  Can you find the shower?

Take a good look. Can you find the shower? What about the “closet”?

Great views from the top deck (and the middle and  the lower decks)

Great views from the top deck (and the middle and the lower decks)but the top deck has the bar!

I didn't expect penguins in Vietnam

I didn’t expect penguins in Vietnam


Or monkeys...

Or monkeys…

My sister Sue always wanted a pet monkey.  I tried to convince this one to come home with me.

My sister Sue always wanted a pet monkey. I tried to convince this one to come home with me. Check out her facial expression for her answer.

We took a tender to the Surprise Cave.  The third cave was enormous!

We took a tender to the Surprise Cave. The third cave was enormous!

We climbed over 100 steps (I lost count) to an opening that gave us this wonderful vantage point.

I couldn't resist posting two shots--one framed,one not. You get to choose which you prefer.

I couldn’t resist posting two shots–one framed,one not. You get to choose which you prefer.

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These ladies were waiting for us to return to the ship so they could sell us some of their handmade goods.

These ladies were waiting for us to return to the ship so they could sell us some of their handmade goods.


How lucky were we, to see night fall on Halong Bay

How lucky were we, to see night fall on Halong Bay


And with an almost full moon.my photos don't do it justice.

And with an almost full moon. My photos don’t do it justice.

Sunrise on the bay

Sunrise on the bay

East coast girl, hanging out, enjoying the view.

East coast girl, hanging out, enjoying the view.

We cruised for a while, enjoying the effect the changing light had on the seascape (bayscape?)

We cruised for a while, enjoying the effect the changing light had on the seascape (bayscape?)

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Time to return to Hanoi for our farewell dinner and the end of this phase of our Asian Adventure.

Time to return to Hanoi for our farewell dinner and the end of this phase of our Asian Adventure.

7 thoughts on “Halong Bay

    • I already AM the best sister you ever had, because I remembered you lost the pearl earrings I got you from Palma Majorca and I got you a close substitute. (Of course, that presumes you win the contest)

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