A Cruise in Halong Bay

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A cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and another destination checked off my travel bucket list.

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A designated World Heritage sight since 1994, Halong Bay offers breathtaking natural beauty. The limestone karsts jutting out of the Gulf of Tonkin provide an iconic image for Northern Vietnam.

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Many people visiting Halong Bay from Hanoi opt for the two day tour to sleep overnight on a boat in the bay. I stayed on a modern version of the junk ship which felt more like a large houseboat, but was surprisingly comfortable. They even had hot water in the shower!

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If you opt for the overnight trip you will likely be herded through one of several caves that are lit up like discos. I visited Dau Go cave and it was both beautiful and strange with all the Technicolor lights.

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I also got a chance to see the rock formation that is pictured on the 200,000 dong bill. (above photo)

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder of the world and should not be missed on a  trip to Vietnam.

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