A day trip to Ha Long Bay

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: 

  
   
 We arrived around lunchtime and on to the boat we went to enjoy some lunch as we headed off. 
  
The scenery along the way left us speechless. Hundreds of various shaped islands.

   

  

  

 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. 

   

  

 The scenery was unbelievable, even though it was cloudy. 

   

  

  

  

  

  

 I can see why Ha Long Bay is a world heritage site. 

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. 

   
 The cave was discovered in 1993 by fisherman that were trying to find cover from a storm. They followed a monkey into the cave and fell upon this great discovery.

   
   
The monkey however, was no where to be seen inside, legend has it that the monkey turned into stone! 

   
   
The lighting system was installed in here a few years back and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in North Vietnam.

   

  

  

 After the caves we made the long journey home. We arrived at our hotel around 8:30pm. It was a lovely day overall, I just wish it was a bit sunnier! 

   

  

 LwL X 

Kayaking in Krabi

On Saturday in Krabi we headed to Ao Tha Lane for an afternoon of Kayaking.. Little did I know at the time that I am the absolute don at it. Yes, Kayaking Champion 2015 over here. I think this maybe my new favourite water sport (only because I’m good at it).

   
Jack and I lead from the front every step of the way and mastered some key skills early on. 

  Teamwork makes the dream work! 

  

We headed around the canyon, played some games involving manoeuvring around and ducking under trees and dodges in and out of islands and rocks

   
   

  We even see some monkeys along the way!

   

  

Such characters, they jumped on our boat to join in on the fun. Just to warn you, keep your stuff hidden, they like to steal things,  and never touch a monkey, they can be aggressive. 

   

 Great day all in all, the exercise knackered me out though and I was in bed by midnight. 

What’s your favourite water sport? 

LwL aka Cinderella X