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Old 06-19-2008, 06:47 AM   #1
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Discover Halong Bay in a different way

We were joining in an interesting journey to one the new natural wonders. In this 3 day 2 night trip, we were gonna visit Surprise Cave, swim at Ti Top beach, visit fishing villages but the most interesting part must be Squid fishing and Ngoc Vung Island.

We departed from Hanoi at 8a.m, chatting loudly as we were on the way. We were joining in an interesting journey to one the new natural wonders. In this 3 day 2 night trip, we were gonna visit Surprise Cave, swim at Ti Top beach, visit fishing villages but the most interesting part must be Squid fishing and Ngoc Vung Island.

Time flies, we only had 15 minute break at a traditional handicraft village on the way. 11h 30 we reached Quang Ninh province. We stopped at Bai Chay wharf to aboard with Indochinasails. Cool towers were served as we came in an airconditioned friendly restaurant. A tender took us to Indochinasails. From the distance of 10m, we could hear the drums, see friendly smiles of the boarding staff. Welcome drink served at the restaurant onboard made us refresh. We had a short snap before having lunch at 1 p.m. The big and full menu kept us almost 1h to go through. The sailboat moved slowly during lunch. We could see the outside scenes through the glass windows but felt no moves at all as everything was perfect. After lunch, we rushed to the sun deck to take photos as the sun shone so brightly. There were no time to spare, at 3p.m we either had a swim at Ti Top beach or Kayaking to discover Bat Cave. No one wasted any moments as we were noticed of a Wine Tasting on the sundeck at 6p.m.

Before dinner, it is the most amazing time of the day if you are lying on one of the long chairs on the sundeck. Summer breezes and classic music, you would wonder how they match together, sipping some wine. Buffet dinner began at 7p.m. Each table was lighed by a candle light. Traditional musical instruments were played by local artists in such a closed and simple manner. After a day of activities, we gathered on the sundeck, listening to the music. Some of us tried squid fishing at the head of the boat. We went to bed early for tomorrow’s program.

We were informed to take dayboat to Ngoc Vung island at 7a.m but we cannot wait to wake up at 5.30 a.m for Tai Chi exercises and sunrise on the sundeck. We temporarily transferred to a dayboat to explore Ngoc Vung island. They prepared some bikes to move on the island. It took us nearly 3 hours to get Ngoc Vung island. We had no time to get bored. Having breakfast, sunbathing and telling jokes. The island we reached was so peaceful. Fresh water were transported by pass-by boats. They seemed to have no links with the outside world. On the way to the beach, we had a chance to discover their lives as we were moving nearby. Passing through a pine line, an amazing beach facing us. At the very first moments, we recall its name Ngoc Vung – sesame diamonds. The sand was just white and tiny as sesame seeds. Imagine just you and the nature, you could hear the waves moving towards the beach. A true paradise away from noisy city life.

We back to the boat for lunch, chatting noisily on the way back. We shared the photos taken and rested for a while. One hour after lunch, we started kayaking. It was a real adventure, we ourselves could explore the beautiful scenes. We expected another exciting evening at fishing village. We were lucky to have a dark night, without moonlight, the squids would easily be attracted by the neon light. We saw a lot of fish and quids in the fishing net. They were pushed out onto the front deck. At that moment, we seemed to feel the hardness of a fisherman life.

The next morning, the boat is anchored so near Surprise Cave that we could visit the cave in just few minute transferred by tender. We had a big brunch before check out. It is a very special journey in luxury, a fancy indochinasails and amazing initerary, the experience that deserves to be shared.

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Old 06-19-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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A well-written guide although the pictures don't seem to follow the formatting. Anyway, why is the "Bat Cave" called as such?
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