You will probably be pretty keen leave Hanoi after a day or two and the place to head to is HALONG BAY. In fact, there are 3 different bays : Halong, Bai Tu Long and La Han Bay. And, We’ve done a 2D1N cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay with Swam Cruise.
Why is Bai Tu Long Bay?
Bai Tu Long Bay is the best alternative to Ha Long Bay with the same scenery and none of the crowds! There are thousands of limestone island rise from the sea, each differing size and shape. If you have the time, I definitely recommend the 3D2N option which you can get more time and just feel like you experience it at a nice, slow pace.
Getting to there
We were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi, around 8:00am. The drive took about 4 hours with a break 15 minutes restroom / shopping stop at the Hong Ngoc Center.
The entry tickets into Halong Bay. It was included in our tour package.
My Mr.Superman 😊
All the cruise boats are anchored far away from the jetty and we had to hop onto a shuttle boat to get there.
Let the cruise start!!
As soon as on board on the cruise, the lunch was served and the guide was introduced a list of activities for this trip. And, this is our wefie time!
After cursing a short way through Ha Long Bay, we arrived at Cap La Island. It’s kayaking time! This was Jordan and I’s first time kayaking together. It’s was like paradise and nature as it’s very best. However, the most excited things never end. It was heavily raining while we kayaked back to the boat, it is unforgettable. Hahahaha…
Back on the cruise after a full day’s activities, we closed out the evening of our first day in Bai Tu Long Bay with a sunset. Sitting on the sundeck watching the starry sky and enjoying the quiet.
A Special cooking lesson on board, where a group of us learned how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Eat non-stoooooop, even if we had just done our dinner!
The sunrises are equally as gorgeous. Jordan and I were awakened by the cold atmosphere, aromatic smell of the sea breeze and beautiful morning views. The quiet and stillness of the early morning made it feel like I was completely alone in the bay.
The first stop for the day was the Thien Canh Son Cave, which sits at a small island. We made our way up the pathway which leads to the entrance of the cave that is set on the stone cliff.
We left the cave for the beach right before the crowd started flowing in.
We climb back aboard our cruise one last time to check out of the cabin with an accompanying a la carte lunch. The moment we started to head back to the harbor, we started to miss our peaceful Bai Tu Long Bay. The quiet, nature and breathtaking views are unforgettable.
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