With as nice as Halong Bay is, it is time to say goodbye and be onwards to Vietnam’s capitol of Hanoi. Located on the Northern side of the country it used to be separate from the south before the end of the Vietnam war. Once the American troops pulled out and the north descended upon Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the separation was cut and the two were merged and reunited to be one country. The road from Halong to Hanoi is pretty boring…not much to see besides other vehicles and small towns. I saw a few more dog/cat meat restaurants but did not feel the urge to stop and investigate
Caves are stunning creations. Rock formations are spectacular. Rock formations in the middle of bodies of water can be even more stunning. This is Halong Bay, also called the “descending dragon bay”. Halong Bay is a series of 1969 islands surrounded by over 1500 square kilometers of water. Its huge. No, its enormous! covered in islands, caves, holes, nooks and crannies everywhere. Because of its sheer size and beauty it is a very popular tourist attraction and has been commercialized quite a bit, so be advised if you do come see it, there will be lots of people to see it, whether at the low season or the high season.
The more time spent in Ho Chi Minh, the bigger it gets! Every day leads to a new find, a new place, a new experience. From the countries history, to the markets, grocery stores, street vendors, mosques and restaurants of all kinds, there is always something to do. The best way that I like to see a city is to drive around – randomly – and see where the road leads. I ran across a couple mosques today – the biggest one was the Saigon Central Mosque (Masjid Musulman) – close to downtown. Like most of the mosques here, they are full of arches, domes, intricate designs and they all are painted