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a sail in ha long bay

i'm sitting on the beach writing for a bit before our bbq seafood lunch, served on a little table on the beach with elaborate tablecloths and an umbrella to shield us from the sun. there are only 2 other tourists on this beach somewhere in the islands of ha long bay. considering that this entire 3-day mini-tour is costing me US$70 for transportation, all meals, accommodation in some great places, and everything else, it's one amazing deal.

we've been out kayaking with in coves filled with the most disturbing-looking jellyfish that i've ever seen, climbed through caverns, fended off amazingly aggressive vendors of oreos and ritz crackers, watched our boat wedge its way into impossible docking spots, seen classic sailing junks, sailed through floating villages guarded by floating huskies, and generally been exploring.

and the sunsets? fantastic.

Comments (2)


Andy - the blog and the trip is incredible. I'm so jealous!

Actually I have been thinking of going to Hanoi/Halong Bay with my wife, and I was curious if you'd recommend it, or have any advice ... it sounds like you had a good time there?



hi scott! i had a great time there, although be prepared for a lot of tourists. my recommendation is choose your tour group carefully for ha long bay, and find a well-recommended one.

i had a decent time with my tour group (ocean tours), but came down a case of food poisoning during the tour from one of their restaurant choices (or the food on the boat). we spent 3 days there, and i'd say that's about the max you want to spend in ha long bay, and it's definitely possible to be happy seeing it it in 2 days as well.

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