We drove 2 hours from Hanoi to Halong Bay.  It one of the most beautiful spots I have seen.  We spent 2 days and 3 nights aboard the IndoChina Sails (the larger of the 2 named the same).  Upon arrival our bed was sprinkled with rose petals and we had a lovely bottle of decent wine in the room!  They served us 4 course meals as the scenery drifted by.  They even showed us how to ‘go squiding’ and one of us even caught a squid!  The squid fisherman would come out at night with huge lights shining into the water.  We also kayaked to the Monkey cave and then another day to the Bat Cave!  They also took us to Titop Island and Surprise Cave (which was indeed a surprise that the cave was so so very big!!)

Needless to say it was the highlight of the trip and we made some good friends aboard the boat some of whom we met up with at 2 other cities in Vietnam later in the trip!  Enjoy.  And don’t forget to click the photos to enlarge them.