Halong Bay.

… Vietnam’s Halong Bay!The chef on our overnight junk ride carved this for our dinner out of a watermelon and carrots. Isn’t it absolutely incredible? This was exactly what our boat looked like. He even copied our dining room table and chaise lounges. This is what he made for lunch–it is a melon placed on top of a pineapple! So unbelievably creative! And all this effort for just us and the two other couples on the boat.

Here he is carving away on the back stoop of the junk, aka the kitchen. By the way, Vietnamese salads are to die for. I am completely obsessed with the fresh taste of the grated carrots, bean sprouts, shredded chicken and that sweet/spicy chili/lime dressing. The food we had on the boat was surprisingly the best we had in Vietnam.

Oh and the actual bay–full of 1,960 miniature limestone islands was pretty cool, too. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I highly recommend a visit. I love how all the floating fishing huts were so brightly colored! And a junk ride is the perfect way to see it all. We stopped at an island for a little spelunking and kayaking. Dusk might actually be the prettiest time to see the bay… it’s just so mysterious creeping through the heavy air.

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5 responses to “Halong Bay.

  1. That is truly beautiful. It makes me happy to see you two enjoying such a beautiful journey!

  2. oh how beautiful. I long to eat a real Vietnamese salad right now! And those carvings – what talent.

  3. Looks like you guys had a great time! Love the melon fisherman

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