The small bus was rather full with the two guides squatting away on the bus floor. Not particularly a comfortable ride since the whole journey there was 3 hour or more with stopping half way for weewee, and more coffee, more souvinir shopping of course.
As we came near to Halong City, Mountains like these can be seen along the way. Cement factories dotted these region too.
Alas we finally arrived at the pier, at Halong city around noon time. Swiftly got shuffered into the boat. Some people that came together with us was meant to stay for a 3 days 2 nights / 2 days 1 night at Halong Bay, and they went on to a different boat.
Of course, more selling to them when they come back trying to get on the boat.
Vietnamese people really determine to squeeze all the $$ out from the tourist wherever possible. In a nice way though, not with tricks.
My mom and aunt was already busy shopping in the boat.
We stopped at one of the islets and got out to do a stair climbing, to see the largest cave around the area.
I happened to met this Vietnamese guy on this trip who is a tourist himself. He came from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi for work and extended his trip by visiting Halong bay together with us. It was great talking to him as I learn a lot about life in Vietnam, which in reality is not as bad as we might think at first glance.
Anyway, evening scenery is just as beautiful around Halong Bay!
Perhaps I will come back here again sometime future!