Halong Bay which means ‘descending dragon’ is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay features more than 1,600 limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes, sometimes compared in local folklore to a dragon’s back. Among the islets are caves filled with stalagmites and stalactites.
This morning it was raining and misty …and depressing. We watched over 300 guests depart the ship to board converted fishing junks that moored alongside to take them on various trips within Halong Bay. When we did this tour several years ago it was in bright sunshine and we took some fabulous photo’s…hopefully they will get some sunshine later in the day but if not at least their photos will be eerily spooky.
At 09.30 we caught the tender over to the mainland (it was still drizzling) had a (very) quick look around, decided it wasn’t for us, so caught the same tender back to the ship…the round trip took half an hour, this must be our all time record!!
It stayed dull and drizzly all day, although we still had our noon coronas at the Grill bar, so we spent the rest of the time blogging, watching TV and catching up with news from home. Quite a change from our usual routine…but I actually enjoyed it.
Clocks go forward 1 hour tonight so now 8 hours ahead of UK time…again…