Ha Long Bay: 7 and 8 March 2013

A cruise on Ha Long Bay: Below is a GPS tracked log of the ship's route.The route distance is 28.5 Miles.

We are cruising on Ha Long Bay. There are almost 2,000 limestone island formations within Ha Long Bay.


This is a small fishing community. The fishermen dock their boats together during the evening and they then leave and fish during the day.

Sunset on Ha Long Bay.

The next morning we explored Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave) which is located within Bo Hon Island. It is one of the largest and most spectacular grottos of Ha Long Bay. I am at the entrance to Sung Sot Cave, and below, on the water, are some of the many ships which have discharged passengers so that the people may enter and view this remarkable cave.

The Victory Star was the ship in which my group, and 2 or 3 other groups, spent the night. You can see a number of passengers disembarking from the ship in order to take a short ride to the pier, from which they can then go and explore the cave. The top enclosed level is the dining room, and the two lower levels contain the passenger sleeping quarters. The crew sleeps within the hull of the ship.

A fisherman is preparing his morning meal.

A Vietnamese freighter anchored in Ha Long Bay.

The Bai Chai Bridge was completed in 2006, and it opened to traffic on 2 December 2006. It carries vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic to and from Hanoi and points west, over the Cua Luc Straits, which separate Cua Luc Bay from Ha Long Bay.

The cruise is over and we are now heading back to Hanoi.

Below is the GPS tracked route we took from Ha Long to Noi Bai International Airport, which is located within the Hanoi City limits. We then boarded a a Vietnam Air Airbus 320 for a one hour evening flight to Da Nang International Airport. During the Vietnam War the Da Nang International Airport was known as Da Nang Airbase; it was a major US military base.

Vietnam March 2013 Trip Home Page: Go Here

Vietnam War Medal of Honor Citations: Go Here

Photos from Korea and Japan: 1968 and 1969: Go Here

My Return to Korea: October 2003: Go Here

My Digital Photo Collection: Go Here

Web Site Home Page: Go Here

Neil Mishalov neil@mishalov.com

Copyright © Neil Mishalov; posted 29 April 2013