Luxury cruise through Halong Bay, Vietnam
Waking up at 7AM is never fun for me but today, I had a special day booked. After a hearty breakfast at the Hanoi Elegance Hotel 5, a mini-bus arrived to take me on a four hour journey to Halong Bay. After a 20 minute stop half-way on the trip and some napping, I arrived port side.
At Noon, I met the six other people I’d be sharing the Red Dragon traditional “junk” cruise ship with. Two Doctors that were married, two Swiss ladies from the World Economic Forum, a psychologist from Australia, the wife of the former owner of Colliers and of course, yours truly!
The 2 day / 1 night cruise was phenomenal. The scenery was inspiring and my shipmates were a real pleasure. For meals, we dined on a seemingly never ending parade of delectable Vietnamese inspired courses.
On the first day we visited an island with a cave, went kayaking for about 45 minutes and then did some swimming before returning to the boat. After the fun in the sun we all did some light drinking and shared stories while waiting for our evening parade of foods to arrive.
The next day at 6:30 AM I woke up to the sound of the engine firing up. I thought to myself that it sure would be nice to just roll over and go back to sleep but instead I decided to “man up” and roll out of bed. It helped that I knew breakfast was served at 7:15 and somehow I had a strong feeling that it was going to be a fantastic start to the day.
We cruised a short distance towards a fishing village and met some Halong bay locals.
The pictures I snapped with my Canon 70-300mm zoom lens turned out stunning. Over the course of two days I shot over 450 photos but was able to reduce it down to only the top 10% to share with you.
See the top 40 pictures from Halong Bay here! Then, please leave me a comment…