World famous Ha Long Bay is a must see for all visitors to North Vietnam. By the time we reached the north we had one week left of our visas, and the weather was cold and rainy. It didn’t look like it would improve much while we were there, but we decided to just go on a cruise anyway. We turned out to be lucky, and it almost didn’t rain in the two days we were there. We drove down to the coast from Hanoi on Tuesday and spent one night on the boat, and then drove back up on Wednesday.
We decided to book one of the nicer cruises – and having heard stories of rats and bad food on some of the other boats, I’m very glad we did. We had a very nice cabin with a double bed and a bathroom to ourselves. The days were full of activities from kayaking and swimming to squid fishing and visiting caves. At every meal there were several different courses. There were 11 other people on the boat from different European countries, and we had a really good time hanging out with them, playing jenga and cards and drinking in the evening.
All in all, although the weather wasn’t perfect, we had a really good time in Ha Long Bay, cruising among the limestone cliffs, and it definitely is an experience we will remember forever.