Published: May 9th 2008May 9th 2008
The house on the left is Jim's favorite.
Dear Readers - today we went on a tour boat to see HaLong Bay. The boat is a typical junk style but with all the standing rigging just there for show. We had the boat to ourselves which was nice. HaLong bay is a very large area and fairly shallow. There are many caves on the islands of which there are over 2000. Any where from the size of a car to many, many acres. Our boat stopped a two locations, one was a very interesting cave with many extremely steep steps to get into it. Once inside the cave which was lite by large honda generators, the winding stairways continued and we probably walked about 1/2 mile inside the cave taking pictures as we went. There were many people inside the cave from other boats as well. With so many boats plying for the few moorages, tying along side was pretty much the plan of the day. Walking from one boat to the next to get on and off was a good lesson in balance and flexibility. We had scheduled a 7 hour trip but by the end of the day we were happy to get back. It was a
very warm day and these boats went so slow they hardly created any air movement about the boat. We didn't exceed 5 knots on the whole trip.. These boats have a habit of crashing into each other during landings and departures as well as being underway. These collisions, however light, would certainly cause the wrath of the USCG and the insurance carriers. These boats do not have licensed skippers or crew and no safety training with life preservers etc., etc.
One of the things interesting to us is the French Colonial archetecture in some of the homes here. We are adding some pictures to show this style.
Be sure to check our video of a musician playing a traditional Vietnamese string/percusion instrument.
Jim and Ann
There are more photos below