Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Spring Break at Maddie’s school was last week and we used the time to tour several areas in Vietnam. The first part of our trip was a cruise around Ha Long Bay an a cruise ship called the Au Co.
There are many islands around Ha Long Bay that rise sharply out of the water. It is similar to the islands we sailed around last summer in the norther part of the Gulf of Thailand. The weather was overcast and hazy, which made for nice cool weather. But, not many good picture opportunities of the landscape.
We did several excursions while on the cruise. The first was to a floating fisherman’s village. Women from the village picked us up in small boats and rowed us to the village.
The boats had unusual rowing system. Instead of pulling on the oars, they stood and pushed forward on the oars. The lady driving our boat kept hitting me as she leaned forward.
On the second day of the cruise we did some sea kayaking. I forgot to bring my watertight bag and didn’t want to bring my camera. So, no pictures of that excursion. We paddled thru an archway on one of the islands and then looked for seashells on the beach of another. On the way back to the boat, we played with a Jellyfish. Then jumped off side of boat for a cold plunge.
In the afternoon we did a short bike ride on Cat Ba Island.
Halfway thru the ride it began rain. Maddie said that riding in the rain was the highlight of her trip!
On the last day of the cruise we did a tour to Surprise Cave. We kept calling it “Supplies” Cave! It was the biggest cave that I have ever been in.