12.11.2014 - 12.11.2014
Before I tell you about Halong Bay, see below pictures of DaNang city and the Dragon Bridge.
Halong Bay, which means Dragon that came down from heaven, is approximately 170 km from Hanoi and is one of UNESCO heritage sites. It was the focus point of many wars from the 3rd to the 10th century. Interesting story, the second time Mongolia tried to invade Vietnam via Halong Bay, the King ordered the Vietnamese people to plant bamboo shoots in the shallow water. when high tide comes in, the bamboo is covered. The enemy don't see this and when they sail over the shoots their boats got stuck. The Vietnamese kept them away from their shores. Up to today the Vietnamese people are thankful for their king and honors him with food and fruit at his tomb. Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Before reached the bay we stopped at a handicapped factory, the photos is actually embroidery. The sunrise is for my sister.
On every trip/tour I do, I meet the most amazing people from all over the world and we become friends in a matter of minutes. This trip was no exception. This is Dayan, from Colombia and Simon from Paris. They stay in Barcelona now. Simon, I will come visit your T-shirt shop (Viva Maria) in Barcelona.
Our tour guide "Christiano Ronaldo", his name is to difficult to pronounce so he gave himself the name:
Then there is these two gentlemen from Korea, Peter (Bruce Lee) with the yellow track suit and Kim. Now these two are traveling the world. They started in October and will end their tour in 11 months. They both served in the military for 3 years. You see Peter, it was good from your mother to teach you English at night. You would not have been able to communicate with us. I will see you in Seoul. Thank you all for a great day.