From Canton to Halong Bay, Vietnam
Currently visiting South East Asia, I decide to write my first travel blog about this amazing exoticland on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. As many of you might know, I have families in Canton, China where I make annual visits. One of the perks of also based in Southern China is that not only you get to escape the freezing cold in New York, but to also visit renowned destinations in Asia by taking less than three-hour flights.
Traveling with my mom this time, we decided to take a high speed train (高鐵) from Canton to Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Province. Upon arrival in the evening , we bought a bus ticket to Hai Phong (a city next to Ha Long Bay) for the next day.
As we took a bus – crossed the border – transfer to another bus – took a cab, we finally got to our hotel at Wyndham Legend Hotel, Ha Long. We decided to book a boat tour the next day with Ha Binh Cruises to see the bay.
Ha Long Bay in Vietnamese literally means the “descending dragon bay.” The UNESCO world heritage site features steep limestone karst islands rising from the emerald ocean, with forests topped on the surface and caves dotted inside.
We sailed through the tiny islets where views transform and reshape depending on your angle. I took a deep breath as I saw these islets randomly sprawled along the strait. I kind of liked the misty weather because it was like the Chinese ink painting of mountain ranges.
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Next was climbing up 400 steps to the top of Ti Top Island, here we get a different angle of the bay where you can see endlessly rising islands over the horizon.
At the end, we hopped into Dong Thien Cung to see the wind and wave shaped cave. Going through cave tunnels, we saw water dripping off the top and really feel that we are in something that is still transforming, moving, and breathing. The cave was decorated with colorful lights, and the locals made stories to rocks that resemble to whatever they can imagine.
That ends my journey to Ha Long bay! Coming up next – a five hour bus to Hanoi!