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.
Ho Chi Minh, its time to say goodbye. Phillip is going to get some new shoes and another storage rack for my laptop bag! Although there are mechanics at just about every 200 meters (they literally have mechanics on street corners with a box of tools and a portable gas air pump – no shop!), I dont want to hit the long road with a front tire that is full of cracks, so safety first – get a new tire! All in under and hour – and for $30, I get a new tire, a new rack and a throttle adjustment. It feels like a lot more however when you