Beautifully Overated!?? - Halong Bay, Vietnam
So i was reading other people's experiences with Halong Bay and on some of the one's i read, boat actually moved. You might be like, 'Emma you're stupid, boat cruises are supposed to move.' That's exactly what thoughts were going through my head! For the next 3 days we anchored and stayed in the same spot for all hours, save the few hours we took while arriving and departing. So in a way our 'cruise boat' was indeed a cruise, that only lasted 45 minutes...
The view was amazing and i was glad to see it. The waters were an incredible colour that the Nikon D300 with amazing lenses could not possibly capture. That was the optimistic side of me speaking. The less-optimistic point of view is not going to have a say in this blog or i'm going to lose half the people reading this. But i do admit that it was beautiful.
We were also taught how to roll rice paper into spring rolls. It was called 'cooking class.' And to be honest, cooking class in grade 7 probably taught me more. Besides, i made pizza and got a slice for free.
Sadly our new friends only booked a stay for 2 nights and we booked for 3. So when they remained on an island for hiking and playing at the beach before returning on mainland. Meanwhile we got on a skiff for other activities.
On the skiff we met a whole group of new friends from England, Morocco, Iran and some super friendly and nice Americans (who support Trump for some odd reason and it doesn't match their personalities at all.) On the skiff we had the choice to either go swimming in the sea water or to try to catch these super small to tiny to non-existent fish. Wow! Why did they put us through such a difficult decision?
Our super enthusiastic mother jumped in after us and even if the waters didn't favor her, she decided to swim anyways. After having some fun, she would like to return to the boat, so what does she do? She asks her eldest daughter to pull her back of course! Being the nicest human ever i pull her over and in the meantime collected some parenting tips. Next time you visit a large body of water, just ask your child to pull you around while you clutch onto your beloved flotation device. And NO the flotation device would NOT be your child.
It so happened that Clara Chung Der forgot all about the money and phone in her waist pack before diving straight into the water. So there goes Clara's phone despite dad's attempts in reviving the dead electronic. I learned another parenting tip as well. Never swim with a phone. Well that lesson should come naturally but i try to learn on this trip...
This is the end of my blog in Halong Bay and i'm sorry to disappoint the few who wanted one day, to visit here. Our experience was probably an unlucky one and i would advice you if you end up coming here to forget swimming with a phone. No, but actually do your research before diving in. I meant diving into a cruise like don't go for the "golden" lotus. And i guess you could do research before diving, that works too? Ok bye but before i go, here are some evening shots.