I can’t say I’m surprised that Halong Bay is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Suggested listening: All is Good, Jon E. Amber
Let’s start at the beginning. There are Cat Ba and Halong Bay(s), both series of rock formations, rising from the waters on either side of you. This is really just based on territory, which islands belong to whom. According to the etymology, I found on Wikipedia (I really feel I have to confess this) Halong means ” descending dragon” in Sino-Vietnamese. According to local legends, these dragons came at a time to protect the people living there.
It’s hard to describe the eerie and beautiful feeling of gliding through still waters, powerful rocks moving past you, the 360 view, people being quiet, just sucking it in. It is worth the trip and certainly the boat ride.
I should say at this point (before we get to the good stuff) I hate cruises, I didn’t particularly enjoy this cruise and I had forced group activities, also people that don’t know how to fly their knock-off drone when you’re diving into the bay after a beautiful kayak. There, I got it all out. I might not have liked the cruise but BOY did I love the bay. We woke up to the most amazing views, they start 30 minutes into the glide. If you’re interested in doing our tour, we booked through Orchid Cruises. This meant two days and one night aboard. If you’re worried about a scam site, feel free to message, we can let you know which way we went through, this was legitimate.
Pro tip: This was most optimal because we didn’t come in through Halong Bay, we took a 2-hour drive from Hanoi and boarded at a very quiet docking station without the crowds, instead of enjoying the cruise in rather than an additional 1.5 hours of traffic.
Everyone needs a break for lunch so here it is…
Okay before I post a real post of an excursion, here are many unrequested photos of the cruise aka just the outside of our portholes.