Heavenly Ha Long Bay
New Zealand Woman's Weekly|January 28, 2019
Heavenly Ha Long Bay

Kylie Hall Cruises Through The Natural Beauty Of This Unesco World Heritage Site.

Kylie Hall

We’ve joined a happy bunch of fellow Kiwis and a gaggle of Aussies on an overnight cruise of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

Gorgeous hardwood floors lead to our cabin on our junk cruise boat, and I’m already in love with the character and charm of our wee ship. We cruise on through the limestone seascape, where more than 1600 rocky karst islets plummet straight into the surrounding waters. It’s a spectacular scene of beauty.

The fresh sea air stirs our appetites and from the hardworking kitchen below deck, plates of juicy papaya chicken salad, locally caught prawns, fragrant steamed rice and sweet lady finger bananas suddenly appear. Then, with our appetites sorted, it’s time for a trip ashore.

We’re off to view the splendour of Sung Sot Cave. Discovered by the French in 1901, the stunning scalloping on the cave ceiling is captivating and apparently created by natural wave motions some 340 million years ago when the bay was significantly deeper.


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January 28, 2019