Ha Long Bay, Vietnam ,a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to 2,000 limestone islets that have gone through 500 million years of formation. After flying in to Hanoi the previous night, we had a mini-bus pick us up at the Calypso Hotel in Old Hanoi and trek us the 3 1/23 hours northeast to Ha Long Bay where we boarded a Paradise Luxury boat for a two day, one night excursion. We were greeted with an unexpectedly sunny and warm day upon our arrival and a warm, misty morning on the second day. Great crew on the ship, very attentive to passengers, delicious Vietnamese food and an intimate ship experience.
These women row out to meet the tour ships and offer everything from shells and pearls to Pringles and pop. The lift the merchandise with long-handled nets into which you deposit your Vietnamese Dong (~ 21,500 Dong = $1 USD). They work hard and live simply. Many row their young children along with them.