Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay are famous attractions in north Vietnam. These waters contain hundreds of small limestone islands that create a beautiful setting for cruises.
Our cabin was in the bow of the boat and quite spacious as it had a double bed and a twin bed. Day was overcast and we had a slow ride through Ha Long Bay further out to Bai Tu Long Bay. Relatively good meals. Our guide was Mr. T who ended his sentences typically with a laugh reminiscent of Peter Lorrie!
We boated to an island and walked up steps and into the limestone cave featuring stalagmites and stalactites. Many of us went kayaking around one of the rock islands. After having our BBQ on the beach, the sun finally was starting to show and the beach started to get hot.
On our return trip we stopped in a protected lagoon and transferred to a small row boat rowed by an islander (this is how they make most of their money) which went through a floating village with its numerous dogs, through a rock arch and back to the lagoon. Then we went to a pearl farm to see how they seeded and harvested pearls.