The Emerald Waters of Ha Long Bay

After some time in the busy city of Hanoi, we made our way to Ha Long Bay for a one-night cruise experience which was the perfect way to see the famous clusters of limestone islands known for its blue-green waters.   

After some lunch aboard our boat, kayaking around the islands and nearby fishing village, we got a chance to play in the water. The temperature was perfectly warm and refreshing!

Watching the sunset from the top deck of the boat was incredible, if a bit hazy.

The crew parked us in a cove where we settled for the night. After watching the sunset, we headed in for a most delicious Vietnamese dinner.  

The spot where we parked was a popular one. The lights on the boats in the distance were beautiful and were a nice reminder that we weren't completely isolated out on the water. 

In the morning I woke to the sound of birds chirping outside and the boat rocking back and forth. It was so nice and peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

On Day 2, we headed out for more kayaking before making our way back to shore. 

The emerald green water color is in part what makes Ha Long Bay so famous. 

Our last meal with the other passengers - the three couples we traveled with were all from different parts of Europe traveling in Vietnam for 3 or more weeks.