Halong Bay

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Unfortunately it was rather  misty for our trip to Halong Bay.  This made it all the more atmospheric at the time, but wasn't a help to the photography. 

Journey to Island Caves

 

It was a 3 hour coach journey from Hanoi to get to the harbour

 
 
 
 

The strange shapes of the islands are due to the fact that they are all limestone, and were eroded by wind and rain when the sea level was much lower than it is now.  Of course, within limestone you also find great caves - as here.  No interior photos, I'm afraid - my film wasn't fast enough. 

 

Off Around the Islands

 
 
 
 
 

The many islands in the bay mean that there are seldom any waves, making the sea hospitable to these floating houses

 
 
 
 
 

Lunch Spot

 

This is where we stopped for some swimming and kayaking.  Rowing under a low tunnel, we entered a salt-water lake, surrounded by land on all sides, with only our tunnel for entry and exit.

You needed to be a good swimmer, as it wasn't easy getting out of the water

 
 

An emergency was sounded when our boat ran out of drink, and this one arrived with new supplies.

 
 

Sinh is probably better suited as a tour guide than a pirate
 

Sailing Home

Just as the sun finally started burning through the haze it was time to head for home.  This was the last day of our holiday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ok, I admit to tweaking the colours a little bit.

 
     

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