Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Halong Bay (Vietnam) - Nature Wonder Of The World


From Siem Reap (Siam Reap Cambodia) to Hanoi, immediately we headed to, right out, right away, right on for tucking into Pho Noodles. Beef Pho of course is the number one, world recognized seller in Vietnam, thank god, we Indians had a choice to Chicken Pho. Nevertheless, Chicken Pho was not a joyful shout out compared to Beef Pho in this fast food outlet. By right, I think, a better Pho deal would have been at any of the street road side stalls. Then again, because darkness had by this hour overshadowed Vietnam’s bright sky, I don’t think street lingering would have been logical. I am not saying that Hanoi streets are notorious, its, believe me, do believe this traveler who have seen a fair bit of elsewhere, tourists like us should potentially stay away from streets in the night. Even if you are in a big group, no matter what, trouble can, I am not saying will, but can lead to unwarranted issues (Angkor Wat & Ho Chi Minh City).



Dinner was over for us within less than half an hour. Subsequently, we checked into Mercury Hotel, prior to showering and timeout for the day. Next morning, we hit out into the land of Hanoi for the already earmarked tourist spots, which, all of it I will spill in the next post. Meanwhile, lemme walk you through our Halong Bay cruise. Basically, cruising down Halong Bay. Halong Bay is, by the way, akin a double degree. UNESCO world heritage Centre, as well as nature wonder of the world. Our cruising started rather earlier. By 9.30am, we were already standing in the long queue, while being mildly battered by the rather breezy and chilly weather. We did too encounter some sort of hidden sly bullying by other tourists who seemingly wanted to push us aside so that they can stand right in front. But what the fail to understand is that, we, as a tour group, will be hopping together into one the traditional Vietnamese boats all by ourselves. By hook or by crook, we did it before turning back to give them a cheeky smile.
Free as the winds, waters and nature of Halong Bay, we sat as per our wish anywhere in the boat, before boat slowly drifting further and further. Oh my love Halong Bay! Just so stunning unspoiled nature, doing this morning cruise was definitely amazingly soothing to the body, mind and soul. Akin all your problems banished by the good waters of Halong Bay, we sat back, in fact, none actually even uttered a single word, till came our moment for an hour stop in Dau Go Cave.
Carefully watching our steps for getting down instead of plunging our legs in the soft and wet soil, consequently, we walked in a single file towards the cave. Breathtaking no doubt. Dau Ho Cave, aka Cave Of Wonders, the biggest and most beautiful grotto in Halong Bay, showcases magnificent rock formation, and coming with it stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and sizes. Additionally, whole cave illuminated by a broad spectrum of colorful lights. The white and yellows lights definitely beamed wondrously against the sunshine that was slowly peeping from atop, but the rest of the multicolored lights, in my opinion, took away 50% of the Dau Ho Cave's merits. Somewhat superficial and fake. But, still worth it. Worth admiring and awing at the nature of Dau Ho Cave, packaged as one lump sum nature marvel of Halong Bay.




About U-turn thereafter, we hopped back into the awaiting boat to return to where we started initially. Nothing new to view on your way out, it’s the same scenery, within the next 15 minutes, lunch on board popped up. Stir fried veggies and seafood dishes, served one after another. Worth the meal. Especially when you know that these were cooked on the spot, and those seafood definitely was proven as Vietnamese water fresh catch. We eat to glory, albeit we couldn’t completely finish off every bit because portions were rather generous.



The end of our Halong Cruise by 1.30pm. 





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17 comments:

  1. Wow, such a breath taking place to have this fantastic meal... awesome Nava...

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  2. good food and beautiful scenery! What more can one ask for =)

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  3. wow the lovely healthy menu.... hope you have enjoyed a lot nava dear

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  4. Such beautiful place, fresh seafood, vegetables and all delicious foods ,Love it :)

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  5. All that wonderful food made me salivate despite the fact that I just finished my dinner :P

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  6. vow.. lovely pictures and the food pics in yr post always makes me hungry.. hahaha :)
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  7. Wow it reminds me of my kerala trip at alampuzha .Fantastic foods and very nice experiance

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  8. It's pretty damn a festive dishes in a small boat, i guess you've enjoying your journey then!!!

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  9. you have me drooling at the food especially the prawns.

    Hmmm yea....too much of scenery can be....ahem ahem

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  10. Those seafood certainly caught my attention. Haven't been to Halong Bay for the longest time.......

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  11. The place is simply beautiful.....and the seafood is really delectable......n all ur pics are great and love ur way of presentation :)

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  12. A beautiful location and fantastic food? Great luxury :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. They all look mouthwatering :) Beautiful photos.

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  14. great clicks.. great to know you had fun..

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  15. Love the complete environment and the food is delicious. The tofu dish is mouth watering. Great shots of food.

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