Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s prized possessions to drive in tourists in their country. Ofcourse, as first timers, we had to see it for ourselves! I was warned that Vietnam will look very similar to the Philippines by friends who have gone already and I do agree but personally, there’s something about the country that still makes it going there for even as a Filipino. Halong Bay might be very similar to El Nido but we really like this because as big haters of the sun, it’s cold weather makes the feel of the rock formations so different. It’s like embarking on a wild adventure to see the unknown! lol YOSI SAMRA partnered with Lazalee Cruises to give us a very unique and personal experience. While seeing Halong Bay is already going to be one itself, exploring it in a very vintage looking boat, for two days, that’s all to ourselves just made it so much more special! :)
Halong is a 4 hour drive from Hanoi’s city center and from our hotel, we travelled all the way to their very own private lounge, one that’s very far from the hundreds of tourists ready to go on their own boats! :)
When I say vintage, I mean this! I mean look at that?!?!?! Now do you know why we said it seemed like we were about to do an exploration?! I felt like I was back in Magellan’s time! lol
The staff of Lazalee Cruises were too nice and they made so much effort making us feel so comfortable on our overnight stay! :) I’ve shared before that my biggest phobia is an open water and I guess, after my stay here, I can say that I’m 80% over it! Okay, maybe 70%! I never thought I could survive sleeping on a small and private boat with only 9 people on board like this one but I did!! I’m a so proud of myself! :)
The boat can comfortably occupy 2 to 3 people and it’s big enough to even have our own living room! :) Ofcourse, I’m wearing YOSI SAMRA !
The fog effect the whole bay had because of the cold weather just gave it a more authentic feel :)
Twinning in H&M dresses and YOSI SAMRA flats :)
Feeling like a true Vietnamiese girl in my Non la! :P
We’re just finding out so much places and uses for our YOSI SAMRA flats and while I never thought I could wear a pair on a boat, we found out that we actually could! :) It’s durable enough and there are materials that won’t get soaked when splashed with water like the one Verniece is wearing above :)
The boat served us a total of 4 meals – lunch, dinner, breakfast and early lunch :) The boat had an inboat (wow never knew I would actually use that word!) chef and he cooked us a 4 course each meal all by himself! What a rockstar :P
My favorite Vietnamiese food other than the Pho are springrolls. I can eat it forever…
Catching a sunset in our robes :)
We had a jampacked schedule the next day, we first toured the Dau Go cave, the prettiest one in Halong Bay in the morning, went further down to see more rock formations then kayaked around! :)
We were back on the shore just right before lunch then had our car drive us back to the city :) Looking back at all of these pictures just made me realize how lucky we were to experience Halong Bay this way! :) I mean who gets to spend a night on a private boat while touring one of the most beautiful wonders of nature? :) It just sunk in for us! Ahh we can’t wait to tell you more about our trip! :) Will be giving tips too on a separate blog post!