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Ha Long Bay

I knew a cruise through Ha Long Bay would be one of the highlights of my trip. But I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of the beauty and magic of this place. There are dozens of junk (an ancient Chinese design) boat companies to sort through when looking at a cruise. I settled on Indochina Junk and their Prince series ship for a 3-day/2-night trip. There were only seven passengers and a crew of five, plus a guide.

Ha Long Bay is comprised of thousands of tall limestone islands spread over about 1500 km. The name translates to “descending dragon bay”.

 

The kayaking each evening was so relaxing…

We pulled up to an island with a beach for some swimming, relaxing and cave exploring.
Here is our ship, the Prince III!
Within the past few months, all the tourist boat companies were forced to paint their fleets white. This is a giant disappointment since these gorgeous wooden ships looked so fine in their natural dark wood color. Here is an article explaining it all.

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Michelle Smith

    Beautiful!!!! Sooooo envious, but enjoying it vicariously through your photos. Love it all!!!
    Michelle

  2. More like an International Park. There are lots of new guidelines for everyone that uses it and there’s also a bigger effort to clean it up/keep it clean.

  3. Brian Hannah

    I miss the sun. I the white ship rule will promote uniformity. they like that. So the bay is now some sort of National Park?