Ha Long Bay on A Gloomy Winter Morning, Vietnam

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halong bay Like many other visitors that day, I was looking forward to finally witnessing the grandeur of Ha Long Bay, but the weather not in our favor and the anticipated scenic view of limestone islets and emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin was replaced by a low visibility, gloomy, cold winter morning.
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Travelling independently from Hanoi to Halong Bay can be a tedious ordeal due to uncertain public bus schedules, resulting to a significant rise of tour operators offering full day package of bus transportation to and from Hanoi, a cruise trip and a free lunch.
halong bay

Though joining the tour is the most guaranteed approach, but there are more situations where the cons outweighs the pros, like the jam-packed mini bus we need to endure for the 3 hours uncomfortable bus ride from Hanoi.

Regardless of the weather, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay is a major tourist…

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