Cruising Through Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay is a wonderland, like nowhere else in the world. The limestone islands are similar to the ones we saw in Thailand and the ones we hope to see in The Philippines – but they are endless. The scene goes on for miles and miles – in a way you can’t fathom from the ground, even with the drone up thousands of feet, you can’t reach the end of these islands. The waters are glassy and calm and a dark jewel green – and the way the low sun reflects off of it, is just a little different than any place we had ever seen.
At the very end of our journey criss-crossing South East Asia, we flew into Hanoi and took the trek out here to see this wonder of the world, and experience incredibly worth the drive. We spent a couple of nights aboard a wooden cruise ship with Paradise Vietnam – an ultra-luxury experience all in itself.
A sundeck with a view – and Brandon, as he so often loves to do, living his best James Bond impression.
The evening light, glowing off the water made us want to keep shooting until the completely lost the sun – and then the stars out here as we docked between islands were just as incredible.
One of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen.
Isaac, A friend we made along the way! On our cruise we met a family of fellow Brooklyn ex-pats that were living and raising their family in Vietnam. Meeting people a bit older than us, with kids, and still living their best life, still adventuring and doing what they love helped give us so much hope for the future. It’s been so rare to meet people who don’t seem to stop so many parts of their lives once they have kids – people we really hope to emulate some day.
The floating fishing villages sprinkled throughout the islands – little shacks tied to together on empty drums where entire communities fish, cook, eat, and live.
One final sundown in the bay.
Traditional Bao Dai dress – the outfits of Vietnamese royals. One place we will never, never forget.