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Friday, November 20, 2009

Halong Bay, Vietnam

It is Fun Friday once again at our blogging group, Blogging for Fun. We are doing an A-Z meme. This week we are working on letter H.

H is for Halong Bay in Vietnam

Doods and I visited Vietnam last July 2009. One of the highlights of the trip was a cruise in Halong Bay. The cruise was reasonably priced at only $40. per head including lunch (cool huh). There was a three-hour drive to get to the port, so our tour guide picked us up real early at 8AM (yikes!)  The $40-cruise includes a lot of fun activities. There's kayaking, lunch with fresh catch-of-the-day seafood, then we stopped by to explore one of the biggest caves in the island.

Halong Bay is made up of 1,967 islands of different sizes. There are two types of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated on two main zones: The southeast (Bai Tu Long Bay) and the southwest (Halong Bay).

Halong Bay is world famous for it's spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves. The central zone of Halong Bay has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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This photo was taken from our ferry.



Love the breeze!






Grateful for an overcast  because it was warm that day.



























Beautiful caves


That guy in the center is our tour guide, Tram. 















30 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Halong bay is one of the places I like the most when my family visited North Vietnam. We spent a night on the junk. So relaxing and enjoyable.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful place. I especially like the caves.

Cheryl said...

What an amazing trip you took. Beautiful scenery and the caves looked very intriguing. How fun it must have been to kayak as well. Beautiful trip for sure!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What beautiful scenery! I was awestruck as I scrolled down through your photographs.

Icy BC said...

Fantastic photos, Tes..That looks absolutely amazing, and you seemed to have lots of fun..

Icy BC said...

By the way, did your blog gets a make over? I love it..very beautiful color!

Whitemist said...

This is a beautiful set of pictures.
This must have been some trip!

mommyscchoo@yahoo.com said...

wao.... must make it a point to visit. tks for sharing

George said...

Thanks for these photos of this beautiful place. It would be wonderful to be able to see those islands in person.

ladyviral said...

such beautiful pictures... beautiful place to go for a cruise indeed.

i love the last picture best :).

Cher said...

i'll add halong bay in my dream list. the moment i viewed the pictures in FB, i fell in love with it. ;)

Salitype said...

oh! tesya, what a lovely place halong bay is...thanks for sharing this enchanting place to us...you've just taken me there!...lol!

i loveee all of the photos. my fave is the last one....lovely!

Diane AZ said...

It's so beautiful and it sound like you had a wonderful time. I'm afraid to go inside caves, but I love to look at your pictures!

wenn said...

beautiful pictures..

Sharkbytes said...

Wow, what a lovely place!

doroastig said...

Ang b/g ng ika-limang larawan ay ginamit ko noon sa b/g ng friendster profile ko noon. Sa Vietnam pala yun. Maraming salamat sa paglalagay nito sa post na ito.

Kelvin said...

The caves and the river is beautiful^^

Femmepower said...

Hi,Tes!How nice this place is.I love the waters and the caves.Must have been a great adventure for you and your Doods.=) If my hubby and I can get to travel next year,I'll have Halong Bay in mind. Wait,sorry for my ignorance but where did those colors in the cave come from?

Tekkaus said...

It must an enjoyable trip for you and your special someone huh! :p The scenes are so breathtaking.

kulasa said...

oooohhhhhhhhh woooooowwwwwww enjoyed the photos so much sis....thank you for taking me to Halong Bay, Vietnam!...i have to add...i love viewing your sweet photos with Doods haaaayyyy....

kanishk said...

I was awestruck as I scrolled down through your photographs.


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maricar said...

Tesya i love all your photos in Halong Bay, never been there, Michael was there in 1992 when Vietnam just "open the country" for western tourists.

ruthi said...

Thanks for sharing this. My Hubby will surely love to see this place. It's very much like our very own Palawan. I bet they have good diving sites there because Hubby is into scuba diving.

RNSANE said...

I am so delighted to see this post of yours. I have always wanted to visit this spot. When I did a southeast Asia cruise in 1997 ( only the second cruise ship at the time to visit VietNam ), I wanted to go here but we docked at Vung Tau and were allowed to go only to Ho Chi Min
City with government escorts. Times have changed now. I would also like to see Guilin, China which has other beautiful limestone peaks like VietNam.

Liss said...

This boat trip looks more like an adventure with the touring and kayaking you got to do. It looks like a special place to paddle around.

Sharon Wagner said...

I'm so jealous of your adventure. I want to go there someday!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

You Had an amazing trip !! The photos are awesome and lovely !! Great post !!Unseen Rajasthan

Windie said...

You have a keen eye for bringing out the majestic beauty God has created. I'm thankful that you take me on a wonderful journey through all your pictures. Where will you take me next?

betchai said...

thanks for sharing this Tes, I have not been here yet, but this one is in my list to see. the caves are awesome.

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