| I spent three days and two nights on the Kangaroo Cafe tour of Ha Long Bay. The limestone formations of the bay were every bit
as impressive as I had read about and seen on film. I was fortunate enough to be traveling with a great group of tourists and to
have an excellent guide. It made the experience that much better.
Out first day was spent making out way out to the bay, and finding our way out to the water. We made a brief stop at an impressive
set of caves that looked like they were being operated by Disneyland, and then made our way to our home of the evening, an
anonymous calm patch of water surrounded by spectaular spires of rock. We took some time to swim, eat a fabulous meal,
and then swim again in the dark to experience the phosphorescent water. The night was spent on the deck of the boat, underneath
mosquito nets that looked more like serving tray covers than anything else.
The following morning, after dipping into the water again, we made our way to Cat Ba island. While there, we visited another (much more
interesting) cave on the north end of the island. We also visited the somewhat misnamed Monkey Island.
The following day we returned to the boat and made our way back to the shore (after stopping to swim again, of course). Our group got
along so well that we decided to meet up that night at the appropriately named "Jazz Club."
My final day back in Hanoi was spent wandering the city, packing, and chatting with friends that I made over the course of my stay in
Northern Vietnam. As I was standing in the checkout counter to make the trip to Singapore I
remarkably bumped into a one of my college brother's friends. It was a strange way to leave Vietnam.
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