Travelling Vietnam with Chronic pain

Exploring Ha Long Bay – Day 2 (With Chronic Pain)

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Exploring Ha Long Bay – Day 2 (With Chronic Pain)

Our first morning on the boat, our second day exploring Ha Long Bay, we begin with an early breakfast followed by some Tai Chi and yoga on the deck of the boat looking at some incredible views. After this we get told that we’re going to go to explore some caves in the middle of the islands of Ha Long Bay so our boat begins to set sail. Again it docks or ‘anchors’ and we get into the smaller boat once more, putting on our life-jackets (something they’re entirely anal about, understandably) and getting ready. They tell us there’s a lot of steps up to the entrance to the caves so prepare yourselves.

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Even on this little ‘zippy boat’ (as they call it) we’re seeing some breathtaking islands, the more you see the more you think they must eventually just blend into a uniform… there cant be a continually unique set around every corner… and yet.

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When we get off the boat we have arrived at a little island, we warned that there’s a lot of steps up to the entrance to the caves. This was true, no false advertising.. but it was surprisingly cool inside the caves which was heavenly as it was intensely heated and humid outside. We make our way into the craggy entrance and at first stick with our tour guide who gives us a few details about the caves and how long its taken to create what is there now naturally occurring. We eventually start to wander off on our own and go browsing around, there’s very much a path to follow that you cant really stray far from. They, quite ingeniously have different coloured lamps targeted at the ceiling, it not only takes away the monotony of grey walls but actually showcases the grooves in the stone better.

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When you get about half way up to the entrance there’s a porch of sorts that you queue up for to have your group shot taken, ours sadly was full of tall irish people and therefore hid the majority of the pretty scenes behind us.

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You then walk around nearly two whole islands on these pretty little white structures made of bamboo or the “Sung Sot” as its called by its inhabitants. You find out that very few live on or around the islands, you see a few tiny fishing platforms with what look like makeshift tents and the people who run the tours sleep in treehouses of sorts that you can spot if your paying attention, they’re normally always covered with a camouflage tarp so as to not stand out. Again, another little part of the trip that was worth the work.

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All in all your in the caves for roughly an hour, walking back out and down in the blazing heat is the more challenging part. Your then taken on the boat to a separate island where a beach has been artificially created, tons of sand shipped in so that there’s a place that tourists can go for a dip. On the island aswell is a hike that they recommend you do, its only about 15/20 minutes (and it is solely steps) but it’s definitely worth it. The views we had from reaching the pagoda were stunning.

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By the time we got back from our days activities we were starving and thankfully didn’t have to wait too long for our feast of a dinner. The chefs on the boats go through so much trouble, their attention to detail is incredible. We were served fresh-made spring rolls each skewered to the side of a pineapple that they’d turned into a food stand and candle. Followed by three main courses and our fruit desert had our apples peeled in this delicate fashion. We left dinner with serious foodbaby’s but very impressed.

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