Saturday, November 7, 2009

Boat Trip on Halong Bay

We took a fabulous two day/one night boat trip on Halong Bay. We left from the Cat Ba harbour at 8am, toured Lan Ha and Halong Bays, went kayaking and swimming and had lunch cooked on the boat. We had two stops--at a huge cave on one of the islands and the second on Monkey Island (no monkeys, some pretty trees and a nice beach). The first day we were with a family and another couple, but we dropped them off in the evening. Later our captain caught a fish (from a fish farm) and his wife cooked up a delicious dinner and then kayaked back to a floating house/boat leaving us the boat anchored in a bay. A wily tour operator had sold us the trip, showing us a little cabin where we would sleep. The actual boat we were on had no cabin instead they set up a bed on the floor for us. Since it was a beautiful full moon night we moved outside and slept on the deck. The trickster didn't get the best of Amy and Omar--it was so cool to have the boat to ourselves and sleep under the stars. The next day we went kayaking through a cave (this was so cool, but unfortunately we don't have a picture) navigating around stalactites to a bay on the other side of the cave. We finished the day with more swimming, more touring of fishing villages--all on boats in the bays-- and then we were dropped off back at the harbour.

Tomamos un viaje en barco de dos dios y una noche. Salimos del puerto de Cat Ba a las 8am, recorrimos Lan Ha y Halong Bays, hicimos kayaking y nadamos, tu vimos almuerzo en el barco. Tuvimos dos paradas--una caverna en una de las islas y la segunda en la isla de los monos. Primer dia estuvimos con una familia y una pareja pero los dejamos en la tarde. Nuestro capitan pesco nuestra cena y sus esposa cocino. La persona que nos vendio el tour nos prometio un barco con alcoba. Pero resulto que nos dio un barco como "el tiki tiki" con no recamara. El capitan nos preparo una cama en el piso pero nosostros duermimos en la parte de arriba, resulto que pasamos una nochecon la luna llena y las estrellas. Cuando nos quejamos el capitan nos regalo todos las bebidas y nos cocino una super cena, asi que todo salio mejor de lo planeado.
Leaving Cat Ba harbour. /Sarpando del puerto de Cat Ba.
Floating houses with fish pools around them./Casas floatantes a la mitad del mar.

Festejando los quince anios de Paola en la isla de los monos.

Amy in the cave.
Watching the sunset.

El capitan y Omar.
The captain catching our dinner. These nets are full of fish, set up in pools around a floating house.

El capitan pescando nuestra cena en una de las casas flotantes en medio del mar.

El anochecer desde nuestro barco.

Watching the sunrise from our boat./El amanecer desde nuestro barco.

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