This return trip to Halong Bay confirmed my memory that the scenery is beautiful. It was also interesting being there in the low season as the bay was much less crowded with tourist boats. The manager of our boat explained that the weather is actually best now, but most people come in Halong’s rainy or cold season because they include it as part of a larger trip of Southeast Asia and come during the dry season in the south.
One of the big sights in Halong Bay, beyond the islands themselves, is Surprise Cave. I really couldn’t figure out what the surprise was supposed to be.
Caves aside, the highlight for me was our short kayak trip.
In a secluded inlet, we watched this owl as intently as she watched us.
The Indochina Sails 2 is the only boat I’ve ever been on that has marble bathrooms. Not too shabby for a couple of rough looking backpackers.