Gulf of Tonkin

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24 travelers at this place:

  • Day133

    Halong Bay

    June 18

    Unterschiedlicher hätte unser Grüppchen für die Halong Bay Tour nicht sein können. 2 Saudis, ein Geschäftsmann aus den Komoren, 3 irische Partytouristen und wir.
    So machten wir uns auf die 4 stündige Busfahrt von Hanoi zur Halong Bay. Am Hafen angekommen stiess dann noch ein deutscher Backpacker hinzu und es konnte losgehen zu unserem Schiff, welches auf dem Meer auf uns wartete. Dort angekommen hatten wir wiedermal Glück und bekamen ein Zimmer mit Balkon, obwohl wir ohne Balkon buchten.😁
    Auch das Wetter spielte mit und wir hatten einen wunderschönen ersten Tag und genossen eine Kajaktour und den Sonnenuntergang auf See. In den nächsten Tag starteten wir morgens früh mit Tai Chi, unsere Lektion wurde jedoch vom Regen unterbrochen. Genau aber als unser Ausflug auf dem Ruderboot anstand, stoppte der Regen für einen kurzen Augenblick. Danach stand noch ein kleiner Frühlingsrollen-Kurs an, bevor es wieder an Land ging.
    Die Halong Bay ist landschaftlich sehr schön mit ihren unzähligen aus dem Wasser ragenden Kalksteinfelsen. Wisst ihr, welcher Filmklassiker hier gedreht wurde?
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  • Day98

    Ha Long Bay

    January 17

    Für zwei Tage haben wir uns auf die weniger besuchte Insel Cat Ba begeben. Heute haben wir dann eine Bootstour von hier aus unternommen, die uns zuerst zur Halong Bucht führte.
    Dort angekommen sind wir 1,5 Stunden mit dem Kayak durch die Karstlandschaft gefahren und haben die einzigartige Atmosphäre und die Stille dort genossen! 😍

  • Day10

    Pearl Farm

    August 30

    The sampan continued around the bay and dropped us at an oyster farm.

    Once on the floating dock a girl explained the types of oysters they have. We then proceeded inside to watch how the oysters are seeded and then we opened an oyster to find a pearl.

    We then passed through the shop for any purchases but sadly we did not buy anything.

  • Day10

    Back on Board

    August 30

    Back on the boat time for a short rest then it was time for a cooking demonstration. John had a go and was not that bad. He also kept making jokes with the tour guide.

    After the demonstration it was time for shower followed by dinner. Dinner was quite nice but nothing to rave about.

    They do not have entertainment on board so most people go back to their room after dinner to rest for the next day of activities. We did the same.Read more

  • Day11

    Today we are off to a small beach on one of the islands. The active passengers took kayak's while the old folk (us) went in a small motor boat following the kayaks. We swam around for a while before heading back to the day boat.

  • Day11

    Today the sun is shining and we are ready for a day of more incredible limestone islands/mountains just coming out of the water. Everywhere you look there are these picturesque mountains.

    This is what we could see this morning when we woke up.

  • Day10

    People from Vung Vieng fishing village in Bai Tu Long Bay in North Vietnam supplement their income by rowing tourists around the waters.

    It is mesmerising sitting in a rustic wooden boat, gliding across the water. The tops of the mountains are covered in cloud as a gentle rain falls.

    Bai Tu Long Bay in North Vietnam was designated a National Park in 2001. It adjoins the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Halong Bay to the south, and all the tourism there operates with one eye on a UNESCO management plan.

    Vung Vieng Village, in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, is one of four small fishing villages in the area. Home to more than 60 families, it has become a model for eco-tourism development in the vicinity.

    Originally, the families of the illiterate fisher-people in this region lived in the many caves that dot the surrounding limestone caves. However, more recently the people were moved into small villages of floating homes as part of the establishment of the Ba Mun National Conservation Zone.

    A floating school was established for the children, but attendance rates were problematic (they were drowning in homework), so children now attend a compulsory boarding school on the mainland, some 24 kilometres away.
    Traditionally, the floating villages were extremely poor, with their only income for food, fuel and potable water, coming from fishing. With the help of the management planning organisation, tourism operators, and other external funding, this is gradually changing.

    Managed fish-farming, pearl cultivation, and eco-tourism has helped these villages generate a sustainable income and has raised local awareness of environmental protection issues.

    Our tender drops us off on a tourist dock where local rowers collect us for our tour. The slightly built Vietnamese women seemed to have no difficulty rowing us around. All the boats have the nets on the back for rubbish to encourage them to be more mindful of litter as boat operators are paid for all the garbage they collect.
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  • Day11

    Today we will transfer to the day boat and go further into Halong Bay. The day boat was more than half the size of our main boat. It was very nice, we went top deck and laid on the sun lounges taking in the view until lunch time. Lunch was served on the boat.

  • Day11

    Back on Board

    August 31

    We are now back on board the cruise boat and we are going to rest for a while before dinner.

    Another wonderful day in Halong Bay.

    Before retiring to our room John went squid fishing but alas no squid.

  • Day12

    The day started early today as we are going to transfer to a local island where we will be visiting a cave before breakfast.

    Thien Canh Son Cave is just one among the 59 discovered caves in the Halong Bay area.

    The tender boat took us to the shore of the island, we disembarked and climbed up the 90 odd steps to the cave.

    The entrance to the cave is small and unassuming, looking at it from the outside provides no indication of what it is like inside. You need to duck down slightly so as not to hit your head on the low entrance, and then follow the downward sloping path into the first cavern. Thien Canh Son Cave is comprised of three caverns each one strewn with stalactites and stalagmites.

    The caves are nothing like our Jenolan Caves but still interesting.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gulf of Tonkin, Bac Bo Gulf, Bak-bo Bay, Beibu Wan, Golfe du Tonkin, Gulf of Tongking, North Vietnamese Bay, Peiboo Wan, Pei-pu Wan, Tung-ching-wan, Vịnh Bắ Bô, Vịnh Bắc Bộ, Vịnh Bắc Viêt

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