Vietnam has a remarkable tourist attraction at Ha Long Bay where there are a number of small mountain islands. We boarded our small boat for our Ha Long Bay cruise, by walking up a rickety gang plank, with the help of a handrail of bamboo held by two of the crewmen. On the day of our first visit to the Ha Long Bay Islands a light mist added to the mysterious appearance of the islands as we cruised amongst them but we did have an occasional burst of sunlight, which completely changed the appearance of the rocks, as if inviting us to pay another visit in a more favorable season.
Guilin has its mountains scattered on flat ground but the mountain islands of Ha Long Bay gave the appearance of just floating on the sea, and as we approached the ghostly shapes through the mist, greater detail was revealed with many of the Ha Long Bay islands undercut by sea erosion. Of course many of the rocks had their special names and legends, and there were caves to explore in Ha Long Bay, but then our boat closed up to one island and came to a stop.
Cliff Tops Of Islands At Ha Long Bay
We were told to prepare to board small motorboats approaching us from one of the Ha Long Bay Islands, and having done so, we were taken through a low tunnel at the base of the island, which at first looked like the entrance to a cave, then suddenly we were through, and into an open air amphitheater full of silence, once the boatman had switched off the engine, and our guide had told us all to stop talking. Only the gentle lapping of water against the boat could be heard and the occasional call of a bird in the towering cliff tops, until the silence was broken when another small motorboat came roaring through the tunnel.