We have treated our selves to a bit of luxury and have boarded a junk for a tour around Ha Long bay. For those geologists amongst you; you could get very excited by the limestone casts. They form 1969 islands of various sizes. Drifting through these is totally awesome. We have had mixed weather, good sun but also mists that swirled around the islands just allowing a glance or an impression of the land. I wish I paid more attention in art class as the scene would have made wonderful watercolour pictures. I tried a pen sketch but by the time I had finished one part we had moved around to a new area. I will add it to my collection of unfinished pictures.
They being limestone islands of course there were some fantastic caves. We went into a massive system that ended in a stadium sized cave. It was lit by many lights so you could see the size of it. There were huge stalactites and stalagmites. In typhoon season the families of the fishermen sometimes have to shelter in the caves. The fishermen and their families live on the water, I would say house boats but that would give the wrong impression, they live in houses floating on the water. We passed a full-sized village, with a shop and a bank!
We spent the night on the Boat for one night and are now on the largest Island called Cat Ba.