Junk Cruise on Foggy Halong Bay - Part 4

Awaken to a wet and foggy day on Halong Bay, I made a hot tea and proceeded to the balcony. It was about time for a Taichi lesson on the sundeck, but I preferred quiet time here.

The fog was so thick that I couldn't see the islands clearly. The boats around wrapped in the thick fog that made them have a ghostly look. With the limited visibility, it was difficult for the captain to navigate the sea I guessed. 

Entrance to the Luon Lagoon
Entrance to the Luon Lagoon

 Some time later, someone reminded that breakfast was being served soon. I proceeded to the restaurant and found an array of food, both Western and Vietnamese food. I wasn't particularly hungry, I got some bread with cheese and a fruit juice. Our junk started moving to a nearby lagoon that we were to visit. It drizzled a bit when we got to the area of the lagoon. Everyone had finished breakfast and we all came onto a tender boat for the visit.

Scenic view from the Luon Lagoon
Scenic view from the Luon Lagoon

 It was an area surrounded by towering karst islands. Monkeys were found sometimes here, but on this trip I didn't see any. The views from the tunnel entrance of the islands around were wonderful.

The islands around the Luon Lagoon
The islands around the Luon Lagoon

 We had had a complete trip around the lagoon when another group of tourists was seen at the entrance. Some people were kayaking around. We made our way back to the junk and started cruising back to the direction of the harbor.

kayaking in the Luon Lagoon
kayaking in the Luon Lagoon

 

 

Breathtaking view from the lagoon' entrance
Breathtaking view from the lagoon' entrance

 Halong Bay in the fog was just as beautiful as on a clear day. For a while the fog made everything invisible. After a light rain, it started getting clearer a bit. We passed a few fishing boats of which some were sleeping, some were setting out and some were going back to the shore. The islands looked like in a fairy tale...

Halong Bay in fog
Halong Bay in fog

 

 

A junk navigating through the fog on Halong Bay
A junk navigating through the fog on Halong Bay

 

 

A sleeping fishing boat 
A sleeping fishing boat

 

 

Boats started setting out for a day cruise
Boats started setting out for a day cruise

 

 

Fishing boat hurrying for the morning catch
Fishing boat hurrying for the morning catch

 

 

Fishing boat going back to the shore
Fishing boat going back to the shore

 

 

More tourists seen on the bay
More tourists seen on the bay

 The closer to the harbor we saw more tourist boats coming out for a day cruise. Everyone said hello to everyone else and hands waved to bid farewell. It was about late in the morning when we were out of the islands and were about to reach the harbor. Looking back I saw another busy day for Halong Bay. Busy as it was, the bay still possessed a sleepy look that so relaxing and charming to every visitor...

Busy Halong Bay
Busy Halong Bay

 Suddenly, I saw a father and son on a little fishing boat. They were cleaning the net and quietly doing their job. The scene was so calm that I kept looking back until we reached Tuan Chau Island again...

Cleaning the fishing net 
Cleaning the fishing net

 The cruise had concluded but there was the last feast at the harbor-side restaurant that I had to finish to complete the experience. I didn't feel that much guilty taking 2 days off from work but now I started feeling bad that I had had too much for the last two days...

 Salad and springrolls
Salad and springrolls

 

 

Friend minced squid
Friend minced squid

 

 

Prawns baked in a bamboo pipe
Prawns baked in a bamboo pipe

 

 

Fish broth
Fish broth