World Cruise Part 2 Feb 6-April 21, 2013 travel blog

Happy Couple aboard our "luxury" boat for our tour of the 2000...

One of the many dramatic rock formations that seem to shoot directly...

a small comunity of boat people that live here year round and...

The sea has cut out many of these monoliths over thousands of...

Just one of many "local beer" pictures on this Asian tour--I think...

Cheryl by the "thumbs up" or sail rock formation

the photographer we recruited missed the point of the thumbs up rock...

Cheryl in the front of our boat as we cruised for two...

another floating fishing village protected by the many islands--no electricity or plumbing!


Halong Bay is situated in the North-East region of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin and serves as the gateway to Hanoi. It is made up of 2000 islands of all sizes with 989 of which have been given names. This is a densely concentrated zone of limestone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottos and caves that forms the central part of Halong Bay and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a geographic work of art. Viewed from a small boat as Cheryl and I did, it was just one more beautiful sight after another around every turn the boat made! Every time you thought the tour was over because you had been sailing for over an hour or so, you would turn a corner and see an even more impressive rock formation. Participating in local brews while cruising, mysteriously made the later formations even more grand than the one at the beginning of the tour? Perhaps these two are connected? We had a fairly cloudy day which meant this place could even more spectacular on a clear, sunny day! The people of this area of Vietnam are warm and welcoming to folks to come see their countries beauty. What a great day! Be Well Michael and Cheryl

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