Monday, December 15, 2008

Ha Long Bay

After dinner we went back to our hotel and packed
since we had to leave early the next day for our
three hour van ride out to Ha Long Bay.
It was a very long ride, but it was interesting
to see the countryside, and a bit of a relief
from the constant honking in Ha Noi.
We headed out on our junk for an overnight
trip, and after a quick lunch on the boat, we arrived
at our first stop.
Titop island had the honour of receiving a visit from
astronaut Ghermann Ti Top, a hero of the former
Soviet Union, accompanied by Ho Chí Minh.

From there we headed out to visit the largest
floating fishing village in the area, which was really
cool! The guide was saying that they live most if not all
their life in the village.
After visiting their tiny school, we headed back out
and back to our boat for the night.
After dinner, I got a massage , and Kimiko
went below to check out one of the crew squid fishing.
At this point the jet lag was still doing a number on us,
so after I finished my massage Kimiko went in for hers
and I passed out!