Sent: Tue May 20 2008
On the way back to hanoi
Our fears of rain have materialized after 4 nice days
Spent 2 nights at halong bay
I suggest a google search – worth 2 minutes to see how beautiful the place is
Generally it looks like the landscape of james bonds’ man with a golden gun. Thousands of limestone islands of unusual shape – some like half dome in Yosemite – in a few 100 square kilometers
It is a place og great beauty. And a tourist trap. And we were trapped and tried with our fingernails and teeth to get away. But finally, we fell in love. Of course we are strong adventurous Israelis. So we can not do what all the other tourists are doing. So we kayaked away to some lovely lagoons. Its a jungle out there – deep bush that no one has ever stepped into – the sound of birds and crickets – you on a kayak – a lagoon 100m in each direction – entrance thru a cave, all walled with 40 m of rock and bush – heavinly
The TT boat (tourist trap) looks just like 100 others:
Banks on the lower floor, restauarant a floor above, and a sun roof above. So when the kayak needs to make its way backk to the tt, it is hard to tell which one is ours.
Of course lior and I get a kayak that defies the laws of physics and turns left eben when you steer with te left oar. Idan – mr phsics and mechanics – is laughing at us
The staff on the tt boat is multi discpinary – they serve us, drive the boat, make our rooms all at the same level of expertise. So the boat almost runs smaller boats, the room is clean, a/c only between 9 pm and 6:30 am. But this is great after a day of humidity.
The staff is strict with time, and we are israelis – it is hard for us to accept authority. So we get served all meals late and cold.