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Documentary Chapter 2: Ha Long Bay
See the impressive and marvelous karst scenery of the Ha Long Bay*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, descend into the Thien Cung Cave and pass floating fishing villages.

* Link to wikipedia.org

Visiting Ha Long Bay.

Starting early morning from Hanoi, we arrived at Halong Bay at noon. Very busy site, lots of ships, lots of tourists. We booked our two days/one night trip (means you are about 24 hours in Ha Long bay) from home, simply to not loose time search ing an travel agency in Hanoi. Our ship was the Halong Phoenix cruiser (01), a nice boat with kind staff. And the price we payed in advance was lower than compared with fellow passengers booked in agencies in Hanoi. It was on the mid-price-level of the tour range, and exept a small cockroach in the bathroom (and later one in our luggage) everything was very fine. First we stopped in the early afternoon together with all the other boats in a bay surrounded by the typical geological formation and visited an awesome cave (always well informed about the geological and historical background by a nice guide), followed by 1 1/2 hours kayaking. After a nice dinner we enjoyed the sunset. The next day started with beakfast and than we crused for few hours though the scenery back to the port.
After all, I wish we would have had spend more time there. It was such an impressive natural spectacle. I would not advise to book a one day trip only, in contrast there are also trips available exploring the deep of the park offside the masses– means you would have to invest nearly one week and presumably a lot of money.

Ha Long bay anchorageThien Cung caveHa Long dawn