Ha Long Bay, Here We Are

by JP

What a beautiful place this is. Some of the strangest rock formations that I’ve ever seen. Like mini-mountains jutting out of the water. I can’t think of what caused this to form in the past but the Vietnamese have their own explanations:

According to local legend, when the Vietnamese were fighting Chinese invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The people kept their land safe and formed what later became the country of Vietnam. -Wikipedia

This place is incredible and the tourism that it garners represents that. There are a ridiculous number of junks (Vietnamese boats) in the bay that are doing tours very similar to what we’re doing. It’s the most white people we’ve seen since getting to Vietnam.

We signed up for a tour of the bay in a boat. 2 days, 1 night. We spent the first day checking out some caves and then doing kayaking and the second was just cruising around the bay and heading home. The guy we signed up with seemed legit at the time but when we got to the boat it turns out he didn’t sign us up for the “Superior” boat that we paid for, and instead signed us up for the “Normal” boat. The boat was still quite nice but we paid about 20 bucks extra to get a little nicer boat and didn’t get it.

Regardless, here’s a quick vid to show what the experience was really like.