Friday, February 28, 2014

Halong Bay (Vietnam) - Part 1


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Palace, One-Pillar Pagoda, The Temple Of Literature and Sen Tay Ho Restaurant, thereafter, a long journey, prior to arriving in the chilly cold weather in Royal Thai Hotel. Carefully stepping out of the coach, luggage and bags helped out by the porters, first thing first. Dinner. Not bad, quite a nice filling meal and next was night calling. Good night. Next morning, it was another standard all you can eat buffet breakfast in the quite cramped dining area, and off we left for the harbour. Halong Bay!.Literally freezing and shivering waiting in line alongside the many who not only arrived simultaneously, but slyly tried cutting the long queue. Thankfully, blessings, 25 of us hopped into one boat. Just by ourselves. Yeh! Spacious to move around, to sit wherever we were comfortable in this well maintained and comfortable boat. Soon, when boat started moving, everyone did nothing except aw at the stunning tranquil beauty of this world heritage site. Awesome. What a view. Such a view early morning, by 9.00am, just is so good to your senses. You feel as though you are in a happy paradise. Truly! Later, within the next 40 minutes or so, we got down and walked into Dau Go Cave, which by the way is included in this our Halong Bay cruise.     






Helped out from the boat so that we don't trip or fall on the shallow water at the edge, we walked almost in a single file via the muddy and slippery path to enter Dau Go Cave. Also known as Cave Of Wonders, Dau Go Cave is the biggest and most beautiful grotto in Halong Bay. Magnificent rock formation, various shapes and sizes of stalactites, and stalagmites illuminated by a broad spectrum of colorful lights, which I thought actually took away the natural beauty and natural light shining through, inside this cave. Something which was agreed by my tour buddies, nevertheless, we wouldn't stop admiring the beauty of this cave, given and take, around 10 minutes for picturing also, we then came out, and back into the awaiting boat.   




 Up next: Lunch while cruising back to the harbor. 


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11 comments:

  1. Nice description Nava....glad to follow u :)

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  2. Incredible place, somewhere I've always wanted to go.

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  3. Vietnam looks full of wonder, I want to visit it so much :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. Having fun reading all your travel post!! Makes me feel as if I am on a virtual vacation..

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  5. Beautiful pictures and sounds like an eventful adventure with so much to see. It amazes me how much natural beauty lies around us.

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  6. breathtaking pics and the ones with low clouds gives such an amazing relaxation just looking at them. Can just imagine how would it be to be there in person

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  7. such a beautiful place. I just came back from vietnam too. I went saigon instead. =)

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  8. Vietnam looks so beautiful, thanks for sharing wonderful pictures...

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  9. Nava seriously i am admiring the places you have been.. i am enjoying your clicks :) thanks for sharing dear

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