Discover Halong Bay in a different way

By: Bobby Nguyen

We departed from Hanoi at 8a.m, chatting loudly as we were on theway. We were joining in an interesting journey to one the new naturalwonders. In this 3 day 2 night trip, we were gonna visit Surprise Cave,swim at Ti Top beach, visit fishing villages but the most interestingpart must be Squid fishing and Ngoc Vung Island.

Timeflies, we only had 15 minute break at a traditional handicraft villageon the way. 11h 30 we reached Quang Ninh province. We stopped at BaiChay wharf to aboard with Indochinasails. Cool towers were served as we came in an airconditioned friendly restaurant. A tender took us to Indochinasails.From the distance of 10m, we could hear the drums, see friendly smilesof the boarding staff. Welcome drink served at the restaurant onboardmade us refresh. We had a short snap before having lunch at 1 p.m. Thebig and full menu kept us almost 1h to go through. The sailboat movedslowly during lunch. We could see the outside scenes through the glasswindows but felt no moves at all as everything was perfect. Afterlunch, we rushed to the sun deck to take photos as the sun shone sobrightly. There were no time to spare, at 3p.m we either had a swim atTi Top beach or Kayaking to discover Bat Cave. No one wasted anymoments as we were noticed of a Wine Tasting on the sundeck at 6p.m.

Beforedinner, it is the most amazing time of the day if you are lying on oneof the long chairs on the sundeck. Summer breezes and classic music,you would wonder how they match together, sipping some wine. Buffetdinner began at 7p.m. Each table was lighed by a candle light.Traditional musical instruments were played by local artists in such aclosed and simple manner. After a day of activities, we gathered on thesundeck, listening to the music. Some of us tried squid fishing at thehead of the boat. We went to bed early for tomorrow’s program.

Wewere informed to take dayboat to Ngoc Vung island at 7a.m but we cannotwait to wake up at 5.30 a.m for Tai Chi exercises and sunrise on thesundeck. We temporarily transferred to a dayboat to explore Ngoc Vungisland. They prepared some bikes to move on the island. It took usnearly 3 hours to get Ngoc Vung island. We had no time to get bored.Having breakfast, sunbathing and telling jokes. The island we reachedwas so peaceful. Fresh water were transported by pass-by boats. Theyseemed to have no links with the outside world. On the way to thebeach, we had a chance to discover their lives as we were movingnearby. Passing through a pine line, an amazing beach facing us. At thevery first moments, we recall its name Ngoc Vung – sesame diamonds. Thesand was just white and tiny as sesame seeds. Imagine just you and thenature, you could hear the waves moving towards the beach. A trueparadise away from noisy city life.

Weback to the boat for lunch, chatting noisily on the way back. We sharedthe photos taken and rested for a while. One hour after lunch, westarted kayaking. It was a real adventure, we ourselves could explorethe beautiful scenes. We expected another exciting evening at fishingvillage. We were lucky to have a dark night, without moonlight, thesquids would easily be attracted by the neon light. We saw a lot offish and quids in the fishing net. They were pushed out onto the frontdeck. At that moment, we seemed to feel the hardness of a fishermanlife.

Thenext morning, the boat is anchored so near Surprise Cave that we couldvisit the cave in just few minute transferred by tender. We had a bigbrunch before check out. It is a very special journey in luxury, afancy indochinasails and amazing initeraryFeature Articles, the experience thatdeserves to be shared.

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