Day 11–13 Halong Bay

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We wandered around Halong this morning – in search of coffee and to stretch our legs before our boat journey. There’s a heap of construction so the area will look very different in a few years time.

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We walked to the beach. Lots of tree planting with each tree assigned it’s own number plate.

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The beach was deserted. Lots of chairs setup for anyone wanting to look out to the back.

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Then it was off to our boat to sail through the bay. We had a pretty swanky room for the first night with our own little balcony.

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First activity was kayaking at the Pearl Farm. The vests were a bit ‘interesting’ – hard to find one remotely the right size.

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Luckily we stayed dry side up as we did our little cruise around.

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Next was swimming and hiking. The beach was a little crowded for my taste we we opted for the hike.

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Lots of stairs, 100 humidity but a pretty decent view.

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There was a bit of a queue right at the top to get a photo.

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Eventually we could see the view.

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Next morning we could see sunrise from our bed

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Then transfer to the day boat for our stay at the “bungalow”. There wasn’t a lot of time but thee was a paid option to go to the shore. I’d spotted the Canon Fort on Cat Ba and thought we’d miss it.

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So we got our little boat ride to the island.

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Walked up the 10% gradient hill to the Canon Fort. Quite cool with a few canons and ruins to check out.

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View to die for at the very top with a well-placed café for an icecream and a cold drink.

Night at the bungalow and then boat back to Halong and a long drive back to Hanoi. Now it’s really busy – scooters everywhere. Time to hid in our hotel room to avoid the streets of Hanoi Smile