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Day 23 Halong Bay

I apologize for yesterdays train rant...to top it all off we forgot the camera charger and battery on the train..no more pictures from here on in (thankfully we're almost done anyways).  We got back to Hanoi at 4:30am and we basically had to waste time until 8:00am...its tough to waste time at that time in the morning I must say.   We then took a four hour drive to our last destination, Halong Bay.  Halong Bag is a collection of 3000 little islands off the coast of Vietnam..it's a UNESCO world heritage sight.  We boarded our "junk", which is basically a little cruise ship that looks like a pirate ship and off we went (about 10 cabins with 20 people in total).  The ship served a 9 course lunch when we first got on which was yummy and then anchored near a small island  so we could walk through some caves and grottoes and swim on a small beach.  The water was clear, and luke warm (which I thought was great, Tyler felt it wasn't refreshing enough).  The only thing is that there are jellyfish in the water.  We thought they were joking but they weren't and we were called out of the water when a jellyfish came close to shore..it was cool to see a jellyfish, but it's safe to say our swim was over for the day.  We jumped back on the boat and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on the sundeck.  Another large dinner was served and at the end of dinner the ship guide announced to everyone that it was our honeymoon.  The captain and crew came out with a cake and flowers, it was a nice thought but slightly embarrassing..what ever to swan towels in your room..maybe even a free bottle of champagne. 

Posted by tanyatyler 00:37 Archived in Vietnam

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