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For our overnight cruise of Halong Bay, we booked Tropical Sails' Lagoon Explorer
For our overnight cruise of Halong Bay, we booked Tropical Sails' Lagoon Explorer
Berths were not available on the days we wanted, so we reversed our trip and went first to Ninh Binh, then Cat Ba Island
Berths were not available on the days we wanted, so we reversed our trip and went first to Ninh Binh, then Cat Ba Island
To get from Cat Ba Island to Halong City, our agent arranged a private boat for the three hour crossing
To get from Cat Ba Island to Halong City, our agent arranged a private boat for the three hour crossing
The agency chartered The Long - a very large boat for 2 passengers
The agency chartered "The Long" - a very large boat for 2 passengers
Cabin of The Long
Cabin of The Long
Cruising by the floating village leaving Ben Beo Harbor on Cat Ba Island
Cruising by the floating village leaving Ben Beo Harbor on Cat Ba Island
As it turned out, our Lagoon Explorer trip cancelled and we were put on a standard boat
As it turned out, our Lagoon Explorer trip cancelled and we were put on a standard boat
Had we known that, we could have stuck with our original itinerary leaving Hanoi for Halong Bay
Had we known that, we could have stuck with our original itinerary leaving Hanoi for Halong Bay
Better would have been to use Cat Ba Island as our base and visit Halong Bay as a day cruise from Cat Ba
Better would have been to use Cat Ba Island as our base and visit Halong Bay as a day cruise from Cat Ba
A small temple on a beach off the east coast of Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay
A small temple on a beach off the east coast of Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay
We did not see many structures built on land in Halong Bay
We did not see many structures built on land in Halong Bay
Vietnamese training ship Sao Bien, Halong Bay
Vietnamese training ship Sao Bien, Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
The Long needed deck chairs on the roof
"The Long" needed deck chairs on the roof
Trinh Vu 19 - a Halong Bay day boat for excursions from Cat Ba Island
Trinh Vu 19 - a Halong Bay day boat for excursions from Cat Ba Island
The seawater has eroded the limestone formations in Halong Bay
The seawater has eroded the limestone formations in Halong Bay
Kayakers, Halong Bay
Kayakers, Halong Bay
Exploring Halong Bay by kayak looked like a good option
Exploring Halong Bay by kayak looked like a good option
Free-standing limestone pillar, Halong Bay
Free-standing limestone pillar, Halong Bay
Halong Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Halong Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Free standing pillar slightly reminicient of James Bond Island, Phangnga Bay, Thailand
Free standing pillar slightly reminicient of James Bond Island, Phangnga Bay, Thailand
Trinh Vu 19 on a Halong Bay cruise from Ben Beo Harbor, Cat Ba Island
Trinh Vu 19 on a Halong Bay cruise from Ben Beo Harbor, Cat Ba Island
The bottom of the islet has totally eroded
The bottom of the islet has totally eroded
Kayakers, Halong Bay, Vietnam
Kayakers, Halong Bay, Vietnam
Fishing boat and a distinctive islet
Fishing boat and a distinctive islet
A group of kayakers paddling Halong Bay
A group of kayakers paddling Halong Bay
Halong Bay is made up of nearly 2000 islands
Halong Bay is made up of nearly 2000 islands
Our boat and the excursion boat part ways, Halong Bay
Our boat and the excursion boat part ways, Halong Bay
The Long, Halong Bay, headed for Hon Gai
The Long, Halong Bay, headed for Hon Gai
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
A large bulk cargo carrier either loading or unloading onto smaller cargo vessels
A large bulk cargo carrier either loading or unloading onto smaller cargo vessels
Monolithic limestone island, Halong Bay
Monolithic limestone island, Halong Bay
Small cargo vessel, Halong Bay
Small cargo vessel, Halong Bay
Crewman washing, Halong Bay
Crewman washing, Halong Bay
Arriving in Hon Gai on the north side of Halong Bay
Arriving in Hon Gai on the north side of Halong Bay
Fishing boat with nets spread leaving Hon Gai
Fishing boat with nets spread leaving Hon Gai
Vinashin RD-Paxline, 3-star cruise ship Hoa Sen moored at Hon Gai
Vinashin RD-Paxline, 3-star cruise ship "Hoa Sen" moored at Hon Gai
Hon Gai, Vietnam
Hon Gai, Vietnam
Market hall, Hon Gai
Market hall, Hon Gai
Row boat, Hon Gai harbor
Row boat, Hon Gai harbor
Port of Hon Gai - Quang Ninh 28 and 29
Port of Hon Gai - Quang Ninh 28 and 29
Port of Hon Gai - Quang Ninh 28 and 29
Port of Hon Gai - Quang Ninh 28 and 29
Dolphin shaped garbage can, Hon Gai
Dolphin shaped garbage can, Hon Gai
The Long dropped us off behind the Halong Wonder Restaurant, Hon Gai
The Long dropped us off behind the Halong Wonder Restaurant, Hon Gai
We were told there would be someone there to meet us
We were told there would be someone there to meet us
We waited and no one came, so we called the office in Hanoi, and finally the Tropical Sails people arrived
We waited and no one came, so we called the office in Hanoi, and finally the Tropical Sails people arrived
Tropical Sails told us that the Lagoon Explorer was out of commission for maintenance and we would be put on another boat
Tropical Sails told us that the Lagoon Explorer was out of commission for maintenance and we would be put on another boat
Vinaphone, Hon Gai
Vinaphone, Hon Gai
Roundabout, Hon Gai
Roundabout, Hon Gai
Mosaic chicken in a roundabout, Hon Gai
Mosaic chicken in a roundabout, Hon Gai
Mosaic deer ina roundabout, Hon Gai
Mosaic deer ina roundabout, Hon Gai
HIV awareness billboard, Hon Gai
HIV awareness billboard, Hon Gai
Steeple of the church, Hon Gai
Steeple of the church, Hon Gai
Hon Gai
Hon Gai
Goc Quynh Hotel, Hon Gai
Goc Quynh Hotel, Hon Gai
Modern glass tower, 169 Le Thanh Tong, Hon Gai
Modern glass tower, 169 Le Thanh Tong, Hon Gai
Inflatable festive dragon arch, Vinashin dock, Hon Gai - next to Tropical Sails
Inflatable festive dragon arch, Vinashin dock, Hon Gai - next to Tropical Sails
Crossing the new Bai Chay Bridge to Halong City
Crossing the new Bai Chay Bridge to Halong City
The hugely chaotic main tourist port for Halong Bay at Bai Chay, Halong City
The hugely chaotic main tourist port for Halong Bay at Bai Chay, Halong City
You have to cross several other boats to reach yours
You have to cross several other boats to reach yours
Rooftop deck of the Binh Minh
Rooftop deck of the Binh Minh
Walmart Boat Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
"Walmart Boat" Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
Hong Long day cruise boat, Halong City
Hong Long day cruise boat, Halong City
Vietnamese flag and the Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
Vietnamese flag and the Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
Dining room of an adjacent vessel, Bai Chay port
Dining room of an adjacent vessel, Bai Chay port
The very busy Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
The very busy Bai Chay tourist port, Halong City
Bai Tho 68 day excursion boat, Halong Bay
Bai Tho 68 day excursion boat, Halong Bay
Two Halong Bay boats tied up, Bai Chay
Two Halong Bay boats tied up, Bai Chay
Hotel district, Bai Chay, Halong City
Hotel district, Bai Chay, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
The Binh Minh, the replacement for the Lagoon Explorer
The Binh Minh, the replacement for the Lagoon Explorer
Cabin of the Binh Minh - nice enough, except for the generator directly beneath the bed
Cabin of the Binh Minh - nice enough, except for the generator directly beneath the bed
Coastal freighter, Halong Bay
Coastal freighter, Halong Bay
Coastal freighter, Halong Bay
Coastal freighter, Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Entrance to a small cave, Halong Bay
Entrance to a small cave, Halong Bay
Halong where the dragon descends into the sea
Halong "where the dragon descends into the sea"
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Near vertical monolithic limestone islands, Halong Bay
Near vertical monolithic limestone islands, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
We got lucky and the day cleared nicely
We got lucky and the day cleared nicely
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
The bow of our boat, the Binh Minh, Halong Bay
The bow of our boat, the Binh Minh, Halong Bay
We stopped at one of the fish farms for the chef to pick up dinner
We stopped at one of the fish farms for the chef to pick up dinner
Fish farm, Halong Bay
Fish farm, Halong Bay
Fish farm, Halong Bay
Fish farm, Halong Bay
Crabs, fish farm, Halong Bay
Crabs, fish farm, Halong Bay
We'll see these squirming beauties later
We'll see these squirming beauties later
Cuttle fish, Halong Bay
Cuttle fish, Halong Bay
The Walmart Boat, just in case the dinner selection scared you
The Walmart Boat, just in case the dinner selection scared you
...a box of Oreos doesn't sound like a bad idea
...a box of Oreos doesn't sound like a bad idea
The captain of the Walmart Boat, Halong Bay
The captain of the Walmart Boat, Halong Bay
Bai Tho 62 tourist boat, Halong Bay
Bai Tho 62 tourist boat, Halong Bay
Picturesque Halong Bay
Picturesque Halong Bay
A very nice sectino of Halong Bay
A very nice sectino of Halong Bay
Passing an interesting rock formation, Halong Bay
Passing an interesting rock formation, Halong Bay
This formation probably has a name...
This formation probably has a name...
The formation from the other direction
The formation from the other direction
Tourist day cruise boat, Halong Bay
Tourist day cruise boat, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is definitely worth the trip
Halong Bay is definitely worth the trip
Passing close to one of the limestone islands, Halong Bay
Passing close to one of the limestone islands, Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Long shot of Kissing Rocks Halong Bay
Long shot of "Kissing Rocks" Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Tourist boat, Halong Bay
Tourist boat, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Huong Hai Junk, Halong Bay
Huong Hai Junk, Halong Bay
Three-masted Bai Tho tourist boat, Halong Bay
Three-masted Bai Tho tourist boat, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Tourist boat dwarfed by the magestic stone islands, Halong Bay
Tourist boat dwarfed by the magestic stone islands, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Unlike the other floating villages, houses here are connected to each other
Unlike the other floating villages, houses here are connected to each other
Flag of Vietnam, Halong Bay
Flag of Vietnam, Halong Bay
Vietnamese flag on our boat
Vietnamese flag on our boat
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Fishing boat arriving at a floating village, Halong Bay
Fishing boat arriving at a floating village, Halong Bay
Vietnamese boy with reddish hair in a rowboat, Halong Bay
Vietnamese boy with reddish hair in a rowboat, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Soi Sim Island with a lookout tower and a Russian-made beach, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island with a lookout tower and a Russian-made beach, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Fishing boat, Halong Bay
Fishing boat, Halong Bay
The largest tour boat we saw on Halong Bay, with 3 main decks
The largest tour boat we saw on Halong Bay, with 3 main decks
Dad on the Halong Bay cruise
Dad on the Halong Bay cruise
Bhaya luxury junk, Halong Bay
Bhaya luxury junk, Halong Bay
Fishing boats, silhouette, Halong Bay
Fishing boats, silhouette, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hey! There's the Lagoon Explorer, the boat we were supposed to be on
Hey! There's the Lagoon Explorer, the boat we were supposed to be on
...they told is it was down for maintenance...
...they told is it was down for maintenance...
...turns out there are 2...
...turns out there are 2...
well...they could have put us on that boat...
well...they could have put us on that boat...
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
ON 2361 - Halong Bay
ON 2361 - Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Small boats, complete with laundry rack, Halong Bay
Small boats, complete with laundry rack, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
...another small floating village, Halong Bay
...another small floating village, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Pearl farm for cultured pearls, Halong Bay
Pearl farm for cultured pearls, Halong Bay
Pearl farm for cultured pearls, Halong Bay
Pearl farm for cultured pearls, Halong Bay
Main Street of a floating village, Halong Bay
"Main Street" of a floating village, Halong Bay
Fishing boats tied up at a floating village, Halong Bay
Fishing boats tied up at a floating village, Halong Bay
Main Street of a floating village, Halong Bay
"Main Street" of a floating village, Halong Bay
Main Street of a floating village, Halong Bay
"Main Street" of a floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village school built with French financing, Halong Bay
Floating village school built with French financing, Halong Bay
Floating village school built with French financing, Halong Bay
Floating village school built with French financing, Halong Bay
Kayak rental, floating village, Halong Bay
Kayak rental, floating village, Halong Bay
Old woman rowing a boat, Halong Bay
Old woman rowing a boat, Halong Bay
Another Walmart Boat, Halong Bay mobile shop
Another Walmart Boat, Halong Bay mobile shop
Floating village, Halong Bay
Floating village, Halong Bay
Fishing boat, floating village, Halong Bay
Fishing boat, floating village, Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
I was thinking we were covering some of the same territory we had seen on the boat from Cat Ba
I was thinking we were covering some of the same territory we had seen on the boat from Cat Ba
...and when we came back across the freighter, it was confirmed
...and when we came back across the freighter, it was confirmed
Fu Zhou bulk cargo carrier, Halong Bay
Fu Zhou bulk cargo carrier, Halong Bay
Sunset, Halong Bay
Sunset, Halong Bay
Bhaya luxury junk at dusk, Halong Bay
Bhaya luxury junk at dusk, Halong Bay
Bhaya luxury junk at dusk, Halong Bay
Bhaya luxury junk at dusk, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Soi Sim Island at sunset, Halong Bay
Halong Bay sunset, Vietnam
Halong Bay sunset, Vietnam
Dangerous gang plank of the Ninh Binh
Dangerous gang plank of the Ninh Binh
We first passed Soi Sim Island at 3pm when it was nice and sunny
We first passed Soi Sim Island at 3pm when it was nice and sunny
Disappointingly, our boat stopped at the beach and lookout tower at Soi Sim after sunset
Disappointingly, our boat stopped at the beach and lookout tower at Soi Sim after sunset
Why we did not stop at 3pm I have no idea....
Why we did not stop at 3pm I have no idea....
The view from the top of Soi Sim island would have been much better when it was sunny
The view from the top of Soi Sim island would have been much better when it was sunny
If the captain was shooting to get is here for sunset, he failed miserably
If the captain was shooting to get is here for sunset, he failed miserably
View east from Soi Sim Island, Halong Bay
View east from Soi Sim Island, Halong Bay
View from Soi Sim Island lookout
View from Soi Sim Island lookout
Boats tied up at Soi Sim Island where we stopped for 20 minutes
Boats tied up at Soi Sim Island where we stopped for 20 minutes
Praying Mantis Prawns
"Praying Mantis Prawns"
The boy who would only eat white rice playing with a prawn
The boy who would only eat white rice playing with a prawn
Nice presentation at dinner
Nice presentation at dinner
The fish
The fish
Instead of finding a nice quiet place we moored at the entrance to a popular cave
Instead of finding a nice quiet place we moored at the entrance to a popular cave
Our generator ran til midnight (under my bed) and other boats made noise too
Our generator ran til midnight (under my bed) and other boats made noise too
Crewmen taking a break, Binh Minh
Crewmen taking a break, Binh Minh
Row boat arriving to take us to a water cave
Row boat arriving to take us to a water cave
Rowing to Hang Luon cave, Halong Bay
Rowing to Hang Luon cave, Halong Bay
The Binh Minh waiting for our return
The Binh Minh waiting for our return
Entrance to Hang Luon Cave, Halong Bay
Entrance to Hang Luon Cave, Halong Bay
The cave opens up to the hollow center of a limestone island filled with a lagoon
The cave opens up to the hollow center of a limestone island filled with a lagoon
Tourists from one of the larger boats - their motor was annoying in the lagoon
Tourists from one of the larger boats - their motor was annoying in the lagoon
Inside the lagoon reached through Hang Luon Cave
Inside the lagoon reached through Hang Luon Cave
Hang Luon Cave
Hang Luon Cave
Rowboat passing through Hang Luon Cave into the lagoon
Rowboat passing through Hang Luon Cave into the lagoon
Bai Tho 88, Halong Bay tourist boat
Bai Tho 88, Halong Bay tourist boat
Bien Ngoc tourboat with Soi Sim island - the sails are decorative
Bien Ngoc tourboat with Soi Sim island - the sails are decorative
Rock formation, Halong Bay
Rock formation, Halong Bay
Vietnamese flag, Halong Bay
Vietnamese flag, Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Bien Mo, Halong Bay
Bien Mo, Halong Bay
Rental kayaks at a floating village near Hang Sung Sot, Halong Bay
Rental kayaks at a floating village near Hang Sung Sot, Halong Bay
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Large boat, Indochina Sails, with tender, Halong Bay
Large boat, Indochina Sails, with tender, Halong Bay
Busy area of Halong Bay
Busy area of Halong Bay
Our not-so-special boat, the Binh Minh
Our not-so-special boat, the Binh Minh
Hang Sung Sot Cave - Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave - Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave - Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave - Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Phallic rock, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Phallic rock, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Phallic rock, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Phallic rock, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
The very large main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
The very large main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
The very large main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
The very large main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Main chamber, Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
Hang Sung Sot Cave
View of Halong Bay from the exit of Hang Sung Sot Cave
View of Halong Bay from the exit of Hang Sung Sot Cave
View of Halong Bay from the exit of Hang Sung Sot Cave
View of Halong Bay from the exit of Hang Sung Sot Cave
Boat pulled up to the drop off pier, Hang Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay
Boat pulled up to the "drop off" pier, Hang Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay
Lagoon Explorer with sails raised, Halong Bay
Lagoon Explorer with sails raised, Halong Bay
Tropical Sails - Lagoon Explorer
Tropical Sails - Lagoon Explorer
The Lagoon Explorer we had booked - it turns out there are 2 of them - only ours was broken
The Lagoon Explorer we had booked - it turns out there are 2 of them - only ours was broken
Jewel of the Bay Halong Bay
"Jewel of the Bay" Halong Bay
Dad visiting the cave
Dad visiting the cave
Boy taking a dump into Halong Bay
Boy taking a dump into Halong Bay
Halong City back in view at the end of our cruise
Halong City back in view at the end of our cruise
Bai Chay port, Halong City
Bai Chay port, Halong City
Minh Hai, Bai Chay port, Halong City
Minh Hai, Bai Chay port, Halong City
Annam Junk, Hai Long Dream, Bai Chai port, Halong City
Annam Junk, Hai Long Dream, Bai Chai port, Halong City
Vietnamese boy with a Fly Emirates shirt, Halong City
Vietnamese boy with a Fly Emirates shirt, Halong City
Official prices of boats and tours of Halong Bay, Bai Chay tourist port
Official prices of boats and tours of Halong Bay, Bai Chay tourist port
There are 5 different routes for day cruises of Halong Bay
There are 5 different routes for day cruises of Halong Bay
Prices for renting the entire boat for a cruise of Halong Bay
Prices for renting the entire boat for a cruise of Halong Bay
Halong Dream Hotel, Bai Chay, Halong City
Halong Dream Hotel, Bai Chay, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Bai Chay Bridge, Halong City
Heading back to Hanoi at the end of our trip
Heading back to Hanoi at the end of our trip
Bridge across a river in an industrial town near Halong City
Bridge across a river in an industrial town near Halong City
Hen Gap Lai - See You Again
Hen Gap Lai - See You Again
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