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Ha Long Bay - Jan 24 (day 3)

Cruise and Cave

we headed north and west from Hanoi on the bus today to beautiful Ha long Bay. it was a four hour journey through pretty thick white smog. We kept hoping it would clear for the cruise but no such luck. I think it is pretty typical for this time of year. blue skies happen in summer but then it is like 45 degrees. Even so the cruise was magnificent. The haze made it feel rather magical and mystical or 'mist'ical if you'd rather. there are over 5000 limestone formations rising out of the sea as you glide along in a junk. Definitely an experience I will never forget.


We got off the junk to visit one of the caves that have formed there. it was very beautiful. Lots of steps both up and down. we've been in some pretty impressive caves in northern Ireland and South Africa's this one ranked up with those.

we spent the night in Ha Long and slept really well after a long day. Tomorrow its off to Cambodia

Posted by ciannaloo 06:38

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Lovely! (I love the, 'mist-ical', reference...very apt, indeed!)

by Barbara Garland

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