Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ha Long Bay

The rocky crags of Ha Long Bay are the iconic image of Vietnam but unlike a lot of iconic places in the world, Ha Long Bay doesn't disappoint. There are 1,969 islands in the world heritage area, small islands rising steeply from the turquoise sea.

We on a junk built for eight, but with only four of us on board. We went to a quieter part of the bay and quietly drifted through the islands. It was blissfully quiet and peaceful.

We heard a lot about pollution and rubbish in the area, but we didn't notice any where we were, apart from the 'winter mist' caused by the biggest coal power station in the country nearby.

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