Today, we are going for a tour to the Halong Bay which I found out that it was rated by UNESCO as one if the seven wonders of the world. After we finished our breakfast, the tour guide picked us up. We were the last second people who boarded the bus.

All were non-Asians tourists except for the tour guide, bus driver and us, I feel like that it’s going to be very interesting.
The tour guide introduced himself as Quan and nick name Happy. He shared with us that he was getting married in 19 days time and his wife is about to due on this September, and he is a happy man.

It started with a mini city tour, Happy explained the meaning of the names in old quarters, he also shared with us that it’s very expensive to own a property in the old quarters due to its strategic and scarce land.

Everyone introduced themselves as a form of ice breaking session. There are mainly from Germany, Poland, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Jamaica, and of course we are the only Asian tourist on board, Singapore.

My first conversation started with Tot from Germany when the buses by Foxconn. He told me that he had traveled to China before and been there for couples of weeks and I find that very interesting, we later found out that we are born on the same year. Tot is really a chatty person with full of energy. We shared a lot of conversation, the long journey to Halong bay took us 4 hours to reach the harbor.

We boarded the Glory cruise from a smaller boat, and wow, it was very foggy, and cold. Happy wasn’t sure that we could see any view from the junk. After we have our lunch, we set off to our mystery foggy voyage.
The fishing village trip had to cancel due to the foggy weather, and hence, we might not be able to reach to our destination on time. So there was a changed in plan and we went to an island called Titop, we climbed up almost the flight of 400 steps to reach the top of the hill. The view from the top was amazing, “breathtaking” too, climbed up the stairs of course breath taken away la.

During the early early, the “happy hour” started on the top deck, and after the dinner, the happy hour starts again. Everyone had a great chat on the upper deck thought it was drizzling, but it didn’t dampened our spirit. . It was a very good experience with everyone! Exchanging point of views, laughter, till late night.

The view from our "penthouse" hotel room
The view from our “penthouse” hotel room
Halong Bay Habour
Halong Bay Habour
Foggy weather
Foggy weather
Nice bed though we were sleeping in the junk's cabin
Nice bed though we were sleeping in the junk’s cabin
And our voyuer starts...
And our voyuer starts…
Climbed to the top of Titop island
Climbed to the top of Titop island
Glory cruise
Glory cruise
Next morning, the sun creeped out behind the stones
Next morning, the sun creeped out behind the stones
Lime stone cave
Lime stone cave
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Fish monger selling fish at the foot of the bay, she put on her face mask when she saw us taking pictures of her.

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