As mentioned on the previous post… we just had the 3rd out of 4 sleeper trains. It doesn’t need any more explanation. Not the best experience but on the upside I managed to sleep and there was no mouse!
We went to the hotel to drop our bags, freshen up and re-pack for a day at Halong Bay. This place was one of the main reasons for me choosing this tour. Unfortunately the weather was a bit cloudy – but you can only control the controllables. Let’s enjoy this!
At the harbour we had our own private boat which was pretty nice. On the route out into Halong Bay they served us with A LOT of food for lunch. We were all absolutely stuffed after eating it.
The amazing part is once you get past the harbour area you are free to wander around the boat. A few of us sat outside at the front just watching the world go past. You get lost in the moment a bit because it’s so surreal you are sailing through Halong Bay one of the modern natural wonders of the world. Even with crappy weather it was still an amazing place!
Pictures can’t do it justice. It’s one of those places where you just have to see it while your own eyes.
Once we reached a certain point in the Bay we moored up and got to go in 2 man Kayaks. I shared a Kayak with Helena, a girl from Glasgow, and we had a good laugh! Kayaking around Halong Bay will take quite a bit of beating… we went into small coves and around the edges of caves and rock faces which again need to be seen with your own eyes. I couldn’t possibly write anything here that gets close to explaining how amazing it was!
After finishing Kayaking we went to one of the main caves in Halong Bay which has loads of natural shapes carved into the rock faces (e.g elephants, monkeys, dolphins etc). It was really impressive and absolutely huge cave!
It was a fantastic day and if only the weather was a bit better it probably would have been a day to compete with the moment I reached Machu Picchu in 2016.
Once we got back to the hotel I decided to take it easy in the evening and I went to dinner with one of the girls in the group. The rest of the group went for some street food.
All in all a good day!