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A very misty boat ride

large_938978_14285131454314.jpgWe left in the ealy morning to our next highlight of the journey. It was a long drive to Ha Long Bay, took about 4 hours from Hanoi te get there, with a few (toilet)stops. Reason it took so long is they are wrking on the roads everywhere and ma speed is 60km./h outside of the cities. The weather wasn't really great either, very cloudy, not a bit of sunshine.

We visited a pearlfarm and shop and a marble & weaving shop. At the pearlshop for saltwaterpearls they showed us how they put something in a clam so it would give a pearl after a few years. Also the put in something round, so there is the biggest chance it would be a round pearl and not a flawed one. At the marble & weaving shop there were rally nice statues, big and small. Also it was incredible to see how they weaved paintings, and you had to look really hard to see that it was in fact fabric instead of painted picture.large_938978_14283366624757.jpg2 chickens, with a bit of imagination ;)They also sold bags and such of course, it was nice walking around a bit.

We arrived at Ha Long Bay about 12.30pm for out 4 hour boat ride. It reminded me a bit of Guilin in China with the big Karstmountains. these were the same sort of mountains, but not so many were named.

The boat ride was nice, we had lunch on the boat, lots of seafood obviously. I liked the fish and crab, but oisters are really not my thing. After that it was time for relaxation and making lots and lots and lots of pictures. We saw some fishing boats along the way, lots of mountains, and the 2 'chickens' as the vietnamese people call the rocks on the 200,000 dong bill. There were no sounds except from our boat, no birds or other boats. Really nice and quiet. Unfortunately the last hour or so it became very misty.large_938978_14283366243514.jpg At the end you couldn't see much anymore until we were nearly back at the harbour, so in one way the pictures are very nice and mysterious, but it would have been nice if it would've been a bit sunnier overall.

As soon as we got off the boat we went to our hotel close to the harbour. We had dinner there, and when we stepped outside to look around, there was not much to see. Actually, except for 2 shops or so, there was nothing to do. Silence. I guess we were too early for the tourist season or the weather did it's part and made people stay inside...but it was plain boring so we went back to the hotel to read a bit. Glad we would be moving on tomorrow.

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Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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