Kenny and I were told multiple times that we “must visit Halong Bay.” You might have seen the pictures: dramatic limestone cliffs bursting out of the sea. It undoubtedly looks stunning but we had our concerns. Concerns about massive amounts of tourists and polluted waters as a result. Worries that rather than seeing the breathtaking scenery, we’d be staring at other boats.
In Hoi An, we met some Germans who highly recommended the “Treasure Junk” ship. They said it was an incredible experience and they hardly ever encountered another boat of tourists. I don’t know about you, but I always trust Germans. Every one of them I have met is well-traveled, multi-lingual, open-minded, etc, etc. Well, they are also very reassuring, as they washed away my initial concerns. So we put our faith in this couple and booked our trip to Halong Bay.
Annnddd…. we were the opposite of disappointed. We had beautifully prepared meals, enjoyed the natural scenery and met some wonderful people, including a doctor couple from Berlin who has better English than me (did I mention I love Germans?). We anchored overnight in a hidden cove and visited a village strictly on water (absolutely fascinating!).
This world is full of stunning sites and Halong Bay is certainly one of them.