We woke up early on the boat to catch the sunrise over the bay.. it was a bit cloudy this morning but the light was still beautiful.
There was a tai chi class on top deck at 6.30am, but we chose to sit out and watch the large birds (maybe eagles) flying between the rocks and diving for fish instead. The other boats that had anchored in the same area for the night had now all departed so the view was even more peaceful and undisturbed . At 7am we enjoyed breakfast, and then boarded the small boat to take us to the floating fishing huts to get our kayaks once again.
We paddled for around 30 minutes out into a larger expanse of water… all the way to our private beach. We swam here and enjoyed the untouched nature of the surroundings, really really beautiful with no other boats or people in sight.
After some time spent on the beach we sadly boarded our small boat back to the ship, where we had more food and sailed towards the harbour. At around midday we waved goodbye to beautiful Halong Bay and departed the ship to start our journey back to Hanoi. It was a long drive, with some heavy traffic on the way back, and lots of near misses as our driver over took cars over taking cars…!
We got back into Hanoi at around 5.30pm to collect our luggage from our hotel 3B homestay. We had some time to grab a bite to eat before our taxi to the airport so tried out a hotdog from a small place nearby. Then it was straight off to get our flight south to Danang City.
Arriving at 11.00pm we took a short taxi ride to our hotel weirdly named “The Queens Finger” when we arrived they had upgraded us to a bigger room which was a suite…after a long day of travelling we were both very tired.