Today was a long bus trip, short boat ride and then a long bus ride. Worth it you say…..well you decide.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO area east of Hanoi city. At present it can only be reached by a 3-4 hour bus ride but by the time you visit, there may be a train. On route you pass many fields with flowers, vegetables or rice .
Farmers do still use traditional methods along with the more modern methods such as tractors.
Haze covers the Bay. It consists of 1969 limestone islands of various sizes. They , according to legend, were created by a dragon spitting out jewels when the coast was threatened by invaders. Only one island is inhabited. Since it was named a UNESCO site, it has been discovered by the tourists and travellers alike.
The Bay has an ethereal quality that is really only spoilt by the other 799 tourist boats.