Ha Long Bay
05.09.2010 - 19.09.2010 110 °F
After a 4 hour bus trip from Hanoi, we finally arrived at the amazing 7 wonders of the world Ha Long Bay... the place is more beautiful than I remembered... maybe it was due to the sun shining it was truly amazing. I feel so lucky and blessed to have had this experience twice in my life.
The fishing village and the people who live there, most of whom have never left the bay, were as happy as ever with the simple things in life and there simple living conditions. A reminder that you do not need to have lots of things to be happy, just simple basics, life is what you make it after all. Plus I guess these people do not know anything different. They are very good at using resources and making things, nothing goes to waste that's for sure.
I managed to get lots of pictures of the bay, yes I am very happy with them all....last year my trip was not so good as the weather was not as good to me as this time around. I am very grateful for that....
The boat experience this time was different, I thought we would be on a shared boat, but it was just the group which I have been touring with from the beginning of my Vietnam experience, I was looking forward to meeting new people, but never mind, I still have plenty of time left on my adventure, will be in a new location next week, meeting new people. Have been very lucky with the group, everyone is nice, in particular my two new friends for life Kerry and Christine, we have all had such a laugh.. we have had early mornings and late nights, nothing gets us down, it has been a pleasure sharing this experience with them. Ladies I hope you get to read this one day and know that I appreciate the times we shared on this trip. Oh and yes I have not forgot my promise of visiting you both in Australia at some point.
So after two days and one night in Ha Long Bay we covered it all, The Caves; Fishing Village; Swimming and Canoeing.... all fantastic fun. On the way back we visited the Pearl Factor where lots of us of course brought pearls, I did not buy any... think I have brought enough... still have other places to go... plus have to admit I did not want to start struggling with the luggage allowance. Why is it that different airlines, have different weight all so annoying... as I have already had to pay excess luggage twice... stop laughing.... no I did not take the kitchen sink with me.