Myriad forms of geo-diversities, breathtaking natural beauty and an age-old culture have made Vietnam truly fabulous. Apart from the capital city of Hanoi, in and around the Ho Chi Minh city, tourists can enjoy the quintessence of Vietnamese culture. We have Ha Long Bay in our list, often referred as the eighth natural wonder of the world. Million years of environmental changes have given rise to karstification of the land. Travelling through thousands of monolithic limestone islands jutting out of the emerald green silent water, on a traditional junk, is an unforgettable experience. The Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It was just awesome full of breathtaking views, numerous mountains in the sea. and a cave in between full of stalactites and stalagmites. We went to many famous places which were quite memorable.
Landed in hue on 5th day of the trip. The hotel mgmt arranged the transfers for us. Hue is called as the "Historic Capital of vietnam" as it was the ruled by Nguyen Dynasty emperors. It is full of pagodas and palaces like Imperial city, Tomb of Minh Mang , Thien Mu Pagoda , Imperial Tomb of Dong Khanh , Tomb of Khai Dinh. Once we done all the check in formalities in the hotel, we took the city map from the front desk and started exploring the city. We took the collective pass for the above tombs and decided to cover the Imperial Citadel that day only as it takes approx 2-3 hrs to explore the whole place. We Got to know a lot regarding history of vietnam and Nguyen Dynasty. A lot of walk is required but a worth visit. The remains are quiet well maintained. It had a beautiful landscape and many beautiful gardens to roam around. The next day, we hired the 2-wheeler and covered all the attractions of the city. The weather was too favorable and everything was just photo-friendly. There was also a night market near buy along the famous "perfume river" full of red lanterns all along the road making the way soo beautiful. We did some shopping from there. We stayed in hue for 2 days/2 nights. The next day after breakfast we were off to Da-nang by Train.
Halong bay is 4hours drive from the city of Hanoi. The consists of a dense cluster of some 1600 limestone monolithic islands each topped with thick jungle vegetation, risingfrom the ocean and is one of Asia`s vast spectacular wonders. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994,itis a vision of ethereal beauty and northern Vietnam`s number one tourism hub.
The real beauty of Halong bay is best experienced abroad an island cruise. There are many cruise boats ply the emerald sea and spending at least one night on the bay is a must. Ended our 1 st day with delicious Vietnamese dinner.Next day morning we were taken to another island. Upon reaching we were given bicycles to explore a nearby village. I have not ride a bicycle for ages, so was not comfortable riding one and it was same with my new friend May. So we got hold of a local guy, who took us there and back in his scooty. The village propitiously welcoming us with its curvy mountain lane. We felt as if we were at our village back home.
Go hiking in the National Park and spot the critically endangered golden headed langoor, with just about 60 left they may be hard to find. Entrance fee to the park is 15000 VND, you can explore the park on your own or take one of the guided tours.Take a cruise through Ha Long Bay – UNESCO world heritage site – you should not miss it.