Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We were originally disappointed at the rainy / foggy weather we experienced, but it made for a mystical experience.

Ha Long Bay is a trek from Hanoi- 4 hours on a bus. I thought we would be in a few car accidents, but we somehow avoided them. Then I figured out it makes for a much more relaxing journey to not pay attention to the traffic.

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We are both glad the bus portion is over. Now to find our Junk (boat)

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Tenders fighting for position to pick up passengers

Tenders fighting for position to pick up passengers.

Vietnamese operate boats similar to driving a scooter. This loading area is obviously full- there is no space for any other tenders to come in. If another tender were to show up now, they would push in between all of the other boats. Keep you hands inside the boat!

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Our home for the next two nights

Our home for the next two nights

Welcome Onboard

Welcome Onboard

Our Cabin

Our Cabin

Topside

Topside

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The dining room.

The dining room.

You may think because we are on a boat in Vietnam, the food would b prepackaged, substandard fare. This food was unreal, all fresh and finally lots of veggies! Other than the views, the food was #2 on this cruise. Mostly Seafood.

After boarding, and settling into our accommodations, Lunch was served and then we stopped in a bay for Kayaking. As Cameras and Water do not go well together, we have no pictures to share of this experience.

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After Kayaking it was back on the boat to motor to our night moorage.

Dinner time!

Dinner time!

Squid Fishing in the Rain

Squid Fishing in the Rain

Not to blow any horns here, but yours truly (Tyler) was the only person on the cruise to catch a squid. Mr. Squid shot some ink around before coming off the hook. I almost caught a basketball sized Jellyfish as well.

Breakfast time.

Breakfast time.

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Valentine's Day visit to a Pearl Farm

Valentine’s Day visit to a Pearl Farm

Pearl Farm

Pearl Farm

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Our Guide (from our boat) She was lots of fun!

Our Guide (from our boat) She was lots of fun! Check out the size of those Oysters!!

ready for anything

ready for anything

We had to transfer off the main boat, to this "Day Boat"

We had to transfer off the main boat, to this “Day Boat”

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Its just about lunch time, but I guess we were running low on Propane, so we picked some up on the way.

Its just about lunch time, but I guess we were running low on Propane, so we picked some up on the way.

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This is how Vietnamese drink Coffee- With condensed milk.

This is how Vietnamese drink Coffee- With condensed milk.

Lunch time

Lunch time

The main boat to pick us up

The main boat to pick us up

After sharing Dinner, beers, wine, and more squid fishing with our shipmates, it was off to bed. It was lots of fun to talk to the other guests. We ate every meal with a trio from Australia, lots of fun. Others on board hailed from, Germany, Singapore, United States, Vietnam and Korea.

The next morning it was off to explore a cave, and the sun is trying to shine thru the clouds.

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Floating fishing village in the background

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Brackish Water lake

Brackish Water lake

“How you live your life is up to you. You have to go out and grab the world by the horns. Rope it before it ties you down and decides for you.”  – Sarah Reijonen

The view from the top

The view from the top

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heading back to Port

heading back to Port

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