19.09.2011 - 20.09.2011 -30 °C
4 hours bus journey to the bay followed by a boat trip on a Jolly Rodger Junk Boat. The trip was brilliant. Amazing scenery and landscapes, islands rising from the magical blue waters. Halong Bay means 'where the dragon descends into the sea.' The story behind these waters are that dragons came down and gauged out valleys and crevices which made this magical landscape. It was truly beautiful. Once reached the depths of the island waters we jumped off the boat into the warm ocean below. The salty water stung at my mosquito bites. Then we paired up to go kayaking which was incredible. Rowing through the mystical range of islands to finally reach a cave. The story behind this cave is that one of the dragons decided to stay and fell in love with a small fairy (not to sure how they managed that one ). However, the fairy decided she no longer loved the dragon and left. The tears of the dragon filled a lagoon type water fill that can be accessed through the cave. We then rowed back to the jolly Rodger as the sun went down and the heavens started to open. Lightening storms broke out just as we reached the boat, and then the party commenced. Up at 7.30am the following day, a few hours on sunbathing on the top deck and a long journey back to Hanoi city.