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Vietnam | A Ha Long Bay Day Cruise

“Please don’t call it a junk! It doesn’t sound good. We call it a cruise ship!” our Vietnamese guide with a British accent, Duc, politely corrected me as I got accustomed to call those large wooden ships cruising Ha Long Bay as “junks” similar to what they call it in Hong Kong. From Halong Plaza Hotel, we were headed to the port for a Ha Long Bay day in this UNESCO Heritage site in the province of Quang Ninh, Vietnam. It is popularly known for its thousands limestone karst picturesquely dispersed on a bay off Ha Long City.

Exploring a couple of lagoons at Ha Long Bay
Exploring a couple of lagoons at Ha Long Bay

Two Lagoons

It was amazing how our cruise ship squeezed in a tight space between two ships as we docked on a platform where visitors could hire small traditional boats to take a tour of the lagoons in the bay. Our group of course took the tour and each boat can accommodate up to 4 persons. Our boat-woman rowed us through a small cave tunnel to enter a lagoon. If I’m not mistaken, these were the same lagoons I visited before. It was nice and quiet lest for the occasional laughs and sometimes songs from other boats doing the same tour. It was really more of a sightseeing tour since we didn’t get off the boat. I’d also think twice swimming here as the waters were not that inviting for me.

Tight squeeze between ships
Tight squeeze between ships
Traditional boats entering the cave for the lagoon
Traditional boats entering the cave for the lagoon

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