Day 72-Vietnam

Cat Ba-Lan Ha Bay-Halong Bay

What an incredible day! I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to spend my time in Halong Bay!

We met our group early in the morning and started our day by cursing out into the bay. The group of us and our awesome guides (Matty, Nick, and Vu) spent the first half of the day rock climbing at Moody Beach. We literally got a hands-on experience with these unique limestone cliffs! Words can’t describe how rewarding it is to finish a climb, hang back, turn around, and just admire the scenic views of Halong Bay from above!

After climbing about 6 routes, we made our way back to the boat and had a delicious home cooked meal. This was honestly one of my favorite meals in Vietnam so far! We had steamed rice with fish, a tofu dish, spring rolls, veggies, and scalloped potatoes. Felt like I was back at home! We chilled on the rooftop of the boat and relaxed for a bit before heading out to kayak for the second half of the day.

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of kayaking, but this was something else! We kayaked through the turquoise waters, around the limestone karsts, and into these beautiful lagoons. Since we stayed close to Lan Ha Bay, away from all the tourists, we were the only ones in sight. Just us and Mother Nature. How often does that happen?! It was the most peaceful and serene experience!

All in all, it was a great day! It was a bit grey and gloomy but none of us cared because it was that enjoyable. This also had to due with the fact that we were a great group of easygoing and friendly globetrotters who all got along really well! Most of us stuck around for dinner and drinks afterwards. Let’s just say the night ended with many hugs and invitations to visit each other in our home countries. This is what I love about traveling! It’s all about the people you meet!

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles” -Tim Cahill

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