On to Halong Bay


Let’s move on to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site that has recently been designated as one of the world’s seven natural wonders. With that moniker, there is lots of new construction and road improvement in the area in preparation for the increased crowds that are sure to come.

20130302-102417.jpgThe first thing one notices is the boats that are floating homes for an entire family. Try to imagine living in this space sleeping, cooking, doing laundry, raising children.

20130302-102744.jpgIf the boat doesn’t appeal to you, maybe you’d prefer one of these houses built on floating piers.

20130302-102945.jpgTo make a living…well, you get the picture. To show their wares, these very entrepreneurial people place them in a net that you can pull up. No technology required here, just the ability to bargain.

20130302-103943.jpgWith it’s amazing outcrops, caves and islets that have evolved over centuries, cruising the emerald waters of Halong Bay is magical even on an overcast day.

20130302-110043.jpgIf you have seen the movie Indochine,some of these images may look familiar.

20130302-110400.jpgAs lovely as the bay is, what is really fascinating is exploring the Cave of Awe with its incredible rock formations. You will have to use your imagination to grasp the enormity of this space. It is interesting to note that the caves of Halong Bay were hiding places for the locals during the American War as it is called here.

20130302-111454.jpgBack on board Emeraude, it’s time for a little lesson in making spring rolls. It’s surprisingly easy and the how to will come another day.
Thanks to all of you who are following along. With limited Internet time, I can’t respond or take a look at your posts, but I’ll get to you in a couple of weeks.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

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10 thoughts on “On to Halong Bay

  1. What an amazing journey. Thank you for sharing your photos that show an entirely different way of life and a part of the world I never envisioned.

    Thanks for being a part of “Oh, the places I’ve been!”. Looking forward to having you be a regular contributor.

    – The Tablescaper

  2. Absolutely amazing and stunning photographs. Thank you for sharing such a different way of life with us, I can’t even imagine. The scenery is breath taking.

  3. Maris Moriarty March 5, 2013 — 7:37 am

    Thank you for haring your trip and all the photos! Our DC world is millions!!! of miles away in what you have portrayed and what is lived here!
    Safe travels!

  4. Aye, Aye Captain.. suits you Linda.. bet those spring rolls tasted good Catherine? Eating the fruits of your labor always is enjoyable… enjoy Siem R LL and friends.. I hold my breath for your report back.. your journal is a winner! thanks – regards j

  5. Judy Gray Brunk March 2, 2013 — 6:14 pm

    A spring roll lesson in Houston will work. We’ll bring the ‘fixins’. Just let us know when. Judy and Fr Sent from my iPhone

  6. What a wonderful adventure! Beautiful photos.

  7. What a marvelous trip………and you can see and the joy and wonderment in your face…..what fun, you make me want to be there with you!! Such beauty and interesting cultures.

  8. Linda,

    These photos are amazing!

    Sent from my iPhone

  9. Looks Amazing!! Loving all the wonderful reports! Hugs, Kathy

  10. Such a wonderful spot Linda..we went along on the Emeraude as well. I hope the weather is treating you well…we have nice hot weather waiting for you in Ho Chi Minh City! Looks like you are all having a wonderful time…keep the photos coming! xx

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