Ha Long Bay in Pictures

This is a photo blog! Now that we’re back home it’s easier to load photos, so I figured I would let the photos tell the story of our time in Ha Long Bay.

First stop, Surprising Cave. Which was ENORMOUS.

First stop, Surprising Cave. Which was ENORMOUS.

It was pretty dark so not great for photos.

It was pretty dark so not great for photos.

The view from the top of one of the many karsts that Ha Long is known for.

The view from the top of one of the many karsts that Ha Long is known for.

Our boat!

Our boat!

Some of the MANY boats that dot the bay. I think I counted 42 and that was only the ones that I could SEE.

Some of the MANY boats that dot the bay. I think I counted 42 and that was only the ones that I could SEE.

Sunset from our boat.

Sunset from our boat.

Looking up at a karst from my kayak. And introducing my new floppy hat!

Looking up at a karst from my kayak. And introducing my new floppy hat!

Kayaking through a cave into a bay that is only accessible by through this cave. We went into three different bays like this!

Kayaking through a cave into a bay that is only accessible by through this cave. We went into three different bays like this!

We weren't lucky enough to see a monkey (in Monkey Bay) but our guide did point out a squirrel which was HUGE so I just pretended that it was a monkey (haha).

We weren’t lucky enough to see a monkey (in Monkey Bay) but our guide did point out a squirrel which was HUGE so I just pretended that it was a monkey (haha).

A pearl! We visited a pearl farm and learned about how pearls are made. I was a bit horrified by the brutality that we inflict on the poor oysters just so that we can have their pearls.

A pearl! We visited a pearl farm and learned about how pearls are made. I was a bit horrified by the brutality that we inflict on the poor oysters just so that we can have their pearls.

One note about choosing a cruise in Ha Long: do some research online about the different companies and their ratings. Although we had fun, we felt quite ripped off after learning that there were other people on our boat that had paid almost half as much as we had paid. The boat also triples the price of drinks (including water) which is frustrating. I’d also recommend doing only one night, instead of two. If you want more info about our experience let me know, I have many more thoughts about cruising in Ha Long Bay!