After much consideration, looking at both the ‘castaway 3 day tour’ and a day trip, we decided on a day trip to Ha Long Bay; purely because of North Vietnam January weather (It’s been cloudy with averages of 19-20c the last few days.)
It’s a shame as the castaway tour looks amazing, (I’ll explain more about this in a later post) but spending 3 days on a beach with crappy weather can be quite boring.
We booked our day trip at a travel agent in the Old quarter. We paid a bit more than your average rate as the tour guide told us that you get longer on the islands than you do on other tours. (We paid $42 the average is $33)
It was jam packed with activities, starting with an 8am pick up from the hotel and a 3 and a half hour journey to Ha Long Bay pier.
We stopped along the way to break up the journey at a Production factory for the disabled:
Our first stop was the fishing village where we had the option to Kayak or travel around the islands by bamboo boat. Naturally being the control freak that I am, we decided on kayaking so that we could choose where to go.
On the way to our next stop we passed ‘fighting chicken island’ this is 2 rocks in the sea that the Vietnamese believe to look like a cockerel and a chicken about to fight eachother.. What do you think?
Our last stop: the heavenly palace cave. Breathtaking. I have never seen anything quite like it.