“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs..." - Susan Sontag
|(The bikers gang at Ha Long Bay)|
Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015
Distance: 170 km
We had breakfast in the hotel while waiting for the tour bus to pick us up. This morning we are going for a day trip to Ha Long Bay. The 170 km journey to Ha Long Bay took us more than three hours with a short break half way.
|(A welcoming signage to the bay)|
|(Arriving at the Pier in Ha Long)|
|(On a boat cruise)|
|(Waiting for lunch to be served)|
|(The weather is cool and windy)|
|(A spread of seafood dishes, delicious!)|
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring thousands of limestone karsts and isles of various sizes and shapes. From the jetty we embarked on a boat cruise and were immediately served with seafood lunch while enjoying the beautiful limestone seascape.
|(Our cruise boat, the White Dragon 11)|
|(Many similar boats cruising the bay)|
|(Arriving at an island with a beautiful grotto)|
|(Beautifully lighted and clean)|
|(Stalactites and stalagmites formations)|
|(View from the cave's entrance)|
|(The cruise boats docking at the jetty)|
|(An iconic island used in the Vietnamese Dong note)|
|(Kayaking activities around the jetty)|
|(Houseboats with rooms and amenities)|
|(Bamboo boats for hire)|
|(Getting ready to cruise back to mainland)|
|(Leaving the beautiful seascape)|
We took the same route back to Hanoi and reached our hotel around 20:00. While others went for a last minute shopping, we had dinner at Little India then later went for an hour of foot massage.
Day 08: Hanoi – KL
Date: Friday, 27 November 2015
We had breakfast in the hotel and checked out early. We had to take two taxis to the Airport to catch our 09:00 flight to Kuala Lumpur.
|(Departure Hall, Hanoi International Airport)|
|(Our flight back to KL)|
|(Right on time, no delay)|
The flight was on time and the food served was good. We napped most of the journey and arrived safely at KLIA2 around 13:30.