Halong BayA�is one of the most beautiful places in the world, therea��s no doubt about it. I booked a 1 night/2 day tour there when I was in Vietnam for two weeksA�in August. To be honest, I didna��t know that much about the place beforehand but somehow had heard it was awesome and so decided to check it out. Ia��m glad I did. It was 5 hours from Hanoi, but worth every minute of the journey. Just a short boat ride out and we were greeted by these huge limestone karsts just scattered in the bay. Apparently there are thousands of them, but we musta��ve only seen a small per cent during our time there.
We took smaller boats to get closer to the isles, but were actually housed on a big Junk Boat called the Golden Lotus.A�As soon as I step foot in the place I was amazed a�� I didna��t realise then how huge the cave was. It was exciting for me to come across on a guided tour, imagine being the person to discover this place all those years ago?!
It was so hot and humid in there a�� note the lack of piccies of me here a�� I was a sweaty mess. The ground was slippy too, a few times I slipped off the path. If youa��re going investigating places like this on holiday you need to make sure your travel insuranceA�covers any sort of adventure activity, even if you have to pay a premium on it. Just check with your provider if youa��re in any doubt, but do make sure. As long as you stick to the signposted walkways, and can walk steadily youa��ll be fine but therea��ll always be that one person who decides they want to go and explore further. Dona��t be that person.
The way theya��d lit the Cave of Wonders up just made it all the more incredible. Stalagmites and stalactites were everywhere but the cave was so huge it never felt claustrophobic.