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Tuesday
Nov192013

10 Pictures From Halong Bay in July 2013

When I was visiting Vietnam two years ago I spent a few days in Hanoi. My time was limited but I squeezed in a day trip to beautiful Halong Bay. A bus picked me up a little after eight in the morning and three hours later we were at Bay Chai Wharf.

As we pulled out on the boat I was a bit bummed that it was a miserable rainy morning but in the hour that it took to get out to the islands the weather cleared a lot.

Our first stop was a small floating fishing village nestled in the water below towering limestone cliffs. It looked straight out of a picture book.

Floating Fishing Village in Halong Bay

As we got closer to the village we could see several traditional bamboo boats filled with produce for sale.

When the boat docked we had the option of renting a kayak or hiring someone to take us out to Luon Cave in a bamboo boat. I was traveling alone and was in the mood to relax so I chose to go out in a bamboo boat.

Me on Bamboo Boat on Halong Bay

Luon cave has a height of only 2.5 to 4 meters depending on the tidal level which necessitates using a small boat to see it. In the bottom right of the photo below you can see the entrance at the bottom of the cliffs.

Entrance to Luon Cave Through Limestone Mountains in Halong Bay

Approaching the cave it was much bigger than it first appeared at 4 meters wide and 60 long. It was so peaceful paddling through and listening to the soft echoes of the lapping water.

Paddling Through Luon Cave

Passing through Luon Cave was a lake enclosed by limestone mountains. The water was a beautiful emerald green and combined with the beautiful cliffs it was truly idyllic.

Woman Rowing Bamboo Boat on Lake Beyond Luon Cave

All too soon I was back at the dock and then back on board the boat setting off for other spots in Halong Bay.

Boat Among Limestone Cliffs in Halong Bay

We sailed past Ga Choi Islet (or Trong Mai Islet), the two white rocks in the bottom left in the picture below. The rocks take their name, either fighting cocks or kissing cocks, based on the fact that at a certain angle the two rocks look like birds leaning in to touch beaks.

Ga Choi Island (Fighting Cock Island) in Halong Bay

We next docked to visit Thien Cung Grotto (Heavenly Cave). After a bit of a climb we entered an amazing cave complex illuminated with different colored lights. My favorite part was a spot where there was an opening in the cave roof allowing natural sunlight to stream in.

Sunlight Streaming Through Thien Cung Grotto (Heavenly Cave)

From Thien Cung we headed back to Bai Chai Wharf arriving at dusk. It had been a lovely day and my only regret is that I didn't have more time to explore the islands of Halong Bay.

Boats docked at Bai Chay Wharf at Dusk

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Reader Comments (9)

Hi there -- I love your documented story. You have seen some amazing locations in this world. You are one seasoned traveler!
Always love checking your blog for new content.
Thank you.
Veronique

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVeronique

Truly a beautiful trip recaptured. Your photo of Heavenly Gate is amazing.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Veronique- Thank you! I am glad that you enjoyed it. I feel very lucky that I have been able to travel as much as I have.

Mary-Lou- Thank you! The sunlight filtering in through the cave was a really lovely sight to see.

November 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

Wow, what a beautiful place!

November 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim A.

Thank you, Kim!

December 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

Oh, Lisa! These pictures and your thoughts are wonderful. Thank you so much for a little virtual vacation on a dreary Thursday morning. :-)

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Stephanie- Thank you! I could use a little warm weather here myself!

December 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

Awesome snaps. Great to find and go through your post. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Keep sharing such info about different places. Best of luck. Thank you.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela - Napa Wine Tours

hey, You was there in july? I want go in this year in july, but I'm afraid weather will not be good. Can You say me about the weather? Not be so raining and storm?

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

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