After a month in Hoi An, we ventured north for a few days to cruise Ha Long Bay with the WAACAwayAwhile crew. Ha Long Bay is designated by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site and is one of the top tourism draws in Vietnam. There are seemingly hundreds of tour operators offering thousands of tour packages, and I would probably have wasted away in analysis paralysis without Christiana, who cleverly gave me exactly one option, Vega Travel.

In a nutshell, the cruise was three days of eating:

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swimming:

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kayaking:

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eating:

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cave exploring:

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hiking:

biking:

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did I mention eating?

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squid fishing:

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and general hilarity.

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We even got to make our own spring rolls.

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Along the way, we learned about floating fishing villages, the karst topography, and the legend of the family of dragons that gave Ha Long Bay its name.

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Our guide, Dui, was friendly, funny, and constantly reminding us to bring along our “money, phone, gold, and diamonds” whenever we left the boat.

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The kids made fast friends with the Millennials on board, who taught them to play the card game BS, and they reciprocated by teaching everyone to floss.

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We slept on board the first night, and in a hotel on Cat Ba Island for the second night. Parents and children alike took notice of the name and pointedly did not mention it to each other.

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When the tour was over, we spent a few hours in Hanoi learning how to cross the street (it is a science and an art).

Then we headed to the airport for a late night flight to the Philippines to meet up with Katy and Raf. That fun adventure will get its own post, shortly.

2 Replies to “Ha Long Bay”

  1. Love your photos and your comments and your style. I never knew anyone who could create so many smiles with so few words. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all. At the very least they illustrate in vivid colorful details your understated sense of humor. Droll. Entertaining. Much appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

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