I can tell you, mid-February is usually the time where I start getting tired of winters here. Especially this year is tougher because I didn’t take a winter break over Christmas/New Year in the tropics, however there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I postponed my vacation to Southeast Asia to a later point and more precisely I’ll be arriving in Vietnam in exactly one month. It will be a short city trip to Hanoi only, contrary to me previous visits where I explored Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Halong Bay. The latter I visited back in 2012 on an epic 3-days/2 nights cruise which exceeded my expectations by far. I knew Halong Bay is a huge tourist attraction and I kept hearing horror stories about badly maintained, cramped boats, bad service and lots of scams. But I did my research and found a reliable company that proofed that this gorgeous bay can be experienced with comfort and safety. Despite it’s been almost five years, the staff of Vega Travel in Hanoi still seem to do a great job according to TripAdvisor reviews and – better late than never – I’d like to share some impressions with you. #throwback
Anyways, the gateway of my first Vietnam trip was Hanoi which was a huge contrast to what I’ve experienced later in the bay. As I’m hoping to publish a more detailed article about Hanoi after my next trip, here are only a few snaps from 2012.
Let’s get to the leading part of this post: The stunning landscape of Ha Long Bay! As I already mentioned, the cruise was perfect: We kayaked and swam in-between the bizarre limestone formations, cycled through the green island of Cat Ba, explored some gigantic caves (my photos of the caves suck though) and enjoyed some fresh seafood. If you’re planning to visit Ha Long Bay, I recommend you to take your time and spend at least two days there to get a more rewarding experience!
Vietnam, it’ll be my pleasure to see you again!