Still walking around the Hanoi’s Old Quarters. Every corner we turn, the view was full of interesting to capture.
Guess sometimes words can’t describe them as well as photos.
The Old Quarters was filled with locals and also tourist buzzing everywhere.
Ladies looking at the choices of shoes to choose from.
Pictures of locals eating at the side of the street having their dinner.
Beautiful flowers for sale.
Along my walk, I managed to bump into a small wet market alley; something I like to venture as this was where all the happening and things among the locals which a tourist may not see on the Main Street. .
Today we are heading back to Hanoi’s Old Quarters which is near Hoan Kiem lake. It has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. The city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewelry, etc.
Our first stop was St. Joseph’s Cathedral; a church on Nha Tho Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.
Exterior of the cathedral
Interior with the view of the alter.
From the church we took the trishaw to get around the old quarters. Socialist statue by Ho Kiem Lake.
The locals on their motorbikes and lots of trishaws too.
It is always nice to slowly walk along the road or little small alleys in the old quarters as you can really see the life of the Vietnamese people there.
Vietnamese dolls ….. So many types and so colourful as souvenirs.
A common sight of stalls selling specialize in just one thing.
More pictures to come on old quarters. Stay tune….
Welcome back! This was the next morning. Yup we stayed on board the junk for the night. There were about 10 room (if I recall correctly) on lower deck each room was equipped with aircon, shower and a window with a view. =)
In the morning, we took a boat ride along the protected bay. As you can see, the water was so calm.
The shot below was our boat where they anchored 2 junk together as we went in a big group and had to use 2 junks.
Some people from the other junks took the chance to do some canoeing.
Another shot of our boat…
Then we headed through one of the caves to get over the other side.
going through the tunnel passage.
Locals coming with their goods to sell to the tourist like us.
Heading back.. we passed a fishing floating village in the bay area.
Do you see a guy’s face?
So the next question, where’s next? Wanna know…. then see me on my next posting. =)
Heading out from the Cat Ba Cave, the junk too us to another island which is the Hang Hanh of Bo Hon Island where there is a beach and also also a beautiful view of the sunset from the highest point on the island.
Closer view of the junks as our junk passed by.
A view from the highest point on the island waiting for the….
then it was off again on the junk to another area where we stayed on the junk boat for the night.
Oh yes.. did I mentioned anything about the junk boat that we stayed for the night? If I did not, then I will mention this in my next post. So .. stay tune. =)
I am still in the grotto of the from Sut Sot Cave at Halong Bay and looking out to the bay from 30m high. The view from the opening of the cave is magnificent. I took lots of photos but I decided to share only the nicest.
You can see the junk coming and going out from the jetty on Bo Hon Island.
Loved it especially when the junk open their sail…..
Coming down and heading back to the junk boat to continue our tour to visit another island; Cat Ba Island.
Hi.. Still with me? Good. 😊 Today we will be going to visit the famous bay in Vietnam. Located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam is the Halong Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district. It features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest.
When we reached the bay and we were lead to our Junk. It was really fun as we had to cross in between junks to get to ours without failing into the sea. We took the the overnight cruise on the junk. There are so many junk boats in the bay to bring tourist the around the bay.
Junk boats sailing out to the bay
while some were waiting for tourists to board their boats.
A baeutiful scenery caught on the boat while sailing on the bay
Arrived at Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). It is the largest cave in Halong Bay, Vietnam located at the Bo Hon Island
Jetty at Sung Sot Cave.
the grotto in the Sung Sot Cave.
Like what you see? If yes, then keep following me on my next post in Halong Bay. =)