A junk cruising towards the islands on Halong Bay
A junk cruising towards the islands on Halong Bay

Junk Cruise on Foggy Halong Bay - Part 2

As the junk cruised further, we found ourselves surrounded by heavenly landscape. It was so calm and fresh outside and inside the food was sensational! What a great combination for a perfect experience!

Later in the afternoon, our junk pushed its way through a narrow passage into an area with awe-inspiring mountains. I saw that someone was having a break on a fishing boat that we passed by.

Fishing boat at rest
Fishing boat at rest

In the front, there were ranges of islands which appeared to block our passage. There was no noise, it was just quiet all around. Then, the captain steered into a large opening area and we knew where we were heading to.

Mountains blocking our passage
Mountains blocking our passage

 

A lady with with kids were rowing somewhere in a hurry
A lady with with kids were rowing somewhere in a hurry

Further in the front, we could see clearly a large opening on an island which was that of the Sung Sot Cave (cave of amazement). It was a bit of efforts to get up there then.

Heading towards the Sung Sot Cave
Heading towards the Sung Sot Cave

Looking back we were again mesmerized by the landscape of the area that we passed through.

Mesmerizing islands on Halong Bay
Mesmerizing islands on Halong Bay

Our junk slowly came to a halt and the anchor was dropped. The boat crew assisted us onto the tender boat and quickly we started to ascend the steps leading up to the cave entrance. As we climbed higher, the view of the surrounding mountains got more and more sublime!

The view of Halong Bay in front of the Sung Sot Cave
The view of Halong Bay in front of the Sung Sot Cave

And soon we came into the amazing world of the Surprising Cave. Columns of stalagmites surrounded us and soft drapes of stalactites hanging down over us.

Inside the amazing Sung Sot Cave
Inside the amazing Sung Sot Cave

 

 

Bright light from the opening of the Sung Sot Cave
Bright light from the opening of the Sung Sot Cave

On the way back to the junk from Sung Sot Cave, I got a glimpse of the Bo Nau Cave further in the distance 

On the way back to the junk from Sung Sot Cave, I got a glimpse of the Bo Nau Cave further in the distance
View of the Bo Nau Cave from our tender boat

  Once everyone was back on board, the junk made a short cruise to Ti Tov Beach where we got off for some time on the beach or for climbing the mountains. There were few folks playing sport on the fine sand beach. I gave it a miss and proceeded to the path leading to the top of the mountain.

Ti Tov Beach
Ti Tov Beach

 As I ascended the path, Halong Bay started getting more and more of a beauty that words fail to do the job. I was just absorbed in the charm and stopped often and looked out into the crowds of islands which were so mysterious to me...

Stunning view of Halong Bay from Ti Tov Island
Stunning view of Halong Bay from Ti Tov Island

 It was quite hazy and the haze seemed to get thicker and thicker as the day drew to a close. It was tranquil and breezy. The temperature was very pleasant. I'd love to have spent more time up here on the top, but it was time to go down for the night now...

Superb Halon Bay in late afternoon
Superb Halong Bay in late afternoon