It has been a long time dream of mine to visit Ha Long Bay. Ever since seeing photos from one of my friends visit this majestic place, I immediately put it on my bucket list.
There are many hotels you can stay at in Ha Long Bay, but in my opinion, staying on a junkboat for a day or two really allows you to experience the beauty of this place! We researched junkboat companies to go with, and decided to go with Indochina Junk. They were the first company that popped up when searching on Google for junkboat companies, and on top of this, they had amazing reviews on TripAdvisor. I went directly on the website and used their direct chat feature in the corner of the screen and spoke to one of the advisors directly. They replied within minutes and were accommodating to the length of stay and payment methods.
We actually lucked out as the boat we initially had booked for was going through an inspection so we were transferred to a different boat. During this process, the company was extremely generous in upgrading us! The Dragon Legend Cruise was an absolute dream. I definitely recommend splurging a bit more on the junkboat as well, since you’ll be spending a couple of days on board.
The best part is that no matter where you are on the boat, you are able to see the unreal views of Ha Long Bay. The food was also amazing. One thing that surprised me about Vietnam was that pho is actually a breakfast dish! So having that for breakfast on the boat was pretty unique to me! On our first night, it rained pretty heavily so we weren’t able to go kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bay as the itinerary had initially said, but we were blessed with clear skies the next day! I was pretty excited to go kayaking here. My bucket list specifically says: Go kayaking in Ha Long Bay! So to be able to finally cross that off was amazing. It was also news to me that it was jellyfish season when we were there, so we were able to see the jellyfish while kayaking and cruising around the bay in the junkboat.
Pictures do not give Ha Long Bay justice at all, it’s probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. I feel so blessed knowing and having being able to experience and embrace all of its beauty!!