Fri, 16 May 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:42
Taking part in Halong tour, along with international delegations coming from America, Australia, France, Spain, Sweden, we departed the journey discovering charming Halong Bay. Kayaking along the bay was actually an exciting experience. Scenery of mountains in combination with the blue water surface, along with the sea breeze blowing into Halong luxury yachts dispel all the sweltering of the summer. Enjoying breathtaking Halong Bay scenery made us a feeling of fully immersing in a unique natural landscape. Sitting on the deck, sipping a cool fruit juice, we seemed to be small when standing before the spectacular natural scenery.
Halong Bay cruise brought us pass over limestone mountains which are named after their natural shape, such as Ga Choi Islet, Mai Nha Islet, Dinh Huong Islet. There are also thousands of large and small limestone islands with abundance of sizes and shapes for tourists’ exploration.
Maybe most attractive and exciting experiences when the yacht parked next to the fishing village. We were comfortable to kayak or wave along the blue sea water. Wondrous beauty of the nature through a unique imagery of thousands of limestone islands, caves with stalactites in Halong Bay had completely enchanted us. However, to experience all the grandeur of the nature and explore cliffs, contemplate birds passing over protruding ledges or touch thousand year old stones, the best way was by kayaking. Under the specific guidance of our instructors, the sailing became extremely simple and attractive. Each kayak had 2 passengers with 2 kayak paddles. When mastering the paddle, we were really excited when boating ourselves to visit the fishing village, contemplate activities of fishermen in their own village and admire the limestone islands. In addition, kayaking the paddle along the foot of the rocky mountains to explore new experiences was one of the most favorite pastimes of the large number of tourists going to Halong . When the kayak crept through the unnamed islands, we completely admired the beauty of coral reefs, the tiny fishes and the plenty of other interesting scenery. Islands, namely Hang Luon Cave, Ba Ham, Ba Trai Dao, Ba Ham, Dau Be, Hang Co...were appropriate spots for kayaking. Yet going to low caves, we had eventually to lie on the boat, using our hands pushing into the cave’ ceiling to enter. This feeling is actually memorable.
Especially, when joining the Halong Bay overnight tour, we had a chance to enjoy the quiet atmosphere between the immense sea. Having finished the trip and gone back on our yacht in our boat, most of us were excited and happy with fun filled experiences. In addition, the afternoon’s dinner on the yacht was also exciting. Preparing for dinner, the chef prepared ingredients for spring roll – a popular dish in Vietnam cuisine including meat, vermicelli, black mushrooms, carrots, spices, eggs chicken, and rice paper. They were also ready and happy to guide us to make this traditional dish. Interestingly, companioning us in the cruise, foreign friends were actually excited to hand spring roll by themselves. We all were happy to prepare together and enjoy the meal. When the sun went down, the sea was embellished with shimmering lights from the yachts in Halong Bay bringing mysterious beauty. And then when the first rays appeared on the horizon, it was a signal for us the end of the exciting journey. Yet, we read each other's eyes a certain promise that we would return Halong Bay more times - a pride of Vietnam nature in the eyes of international friends.