2012 Vacation – Part 3 of 9: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


Part 3: After 2 days in Hanoi, we headed to Ha Long Bay on April 15th, where we boarded a Junk Cruise and sailed around for 3 days / 2 nights.

  • Type of Luxury in the Sky:  This was actually by road.  It took about 3 hours by car, but the scenery was gorgeous with expansive lush green farming in between little towns along the way.
  • Decibel Level:  Total Zen
  • Deliciousness on a Plate:  On the way I was reunited with my favorite cookie from when I lived in Australia 10 years ago, the Tim Tam.  I didn’t buy them, because I also remembered how much I “enjoyed” them in 2002… a little too much if you get my drift.  Anyway, on the junk cruise the food was 5 courses of served gourmet awesomeness, 3 times a day.  Again, I love Vietnamese food and dragon fruit.
  • Expanding our Horizons: We explored Cat Ba island by mountain bike, kayaked, jumped off the side of the boat (Arion), visited a fishing village in Vung Vieng Bay, hiked through the Sung Sot Cave, and just plain relaxed.  It was gorgeous and the perfect escape from the city.  Also, we tried our hand at making spring rolls and are now experts – if only we could find the right ingredients in New York.
  • Shut-Eye: We were originally booked to be on Bhaya Cruises, but when we arrived at the dock we had been upgraded to their sister luxury line, Au Co.  Luxury is an understatement.. hello delicious bed as the boat rocked us to sleep.
  • Jealousy Inducers:






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