Danang’s ocean front runs north to south for several kilometers, ultimately making it to Hoi An about 10 km to the south. Beautiful surf, beautiful sun, and a sparkling, clean beach, all of which give Danang considerable appeal. The waves are rolling in are off the South China Sea, a body of water often in the news these days.
You see political poster art of the sort in this picture everywhere in Vietnamese cities, from billboards on the tops of buildings to posters along the walls of construction sites. This particular poster, according to a Vietnamese friend, announces the selection of a Party committee for Ho Chi Minh City for a five year term and celebrates Vietnam’s industrialization and modernization efforts. And the poster urges citizens to do their part to support modernization of the country.
The two women sitting together are selling dragon fruit and yellow daisies (I think) in a local market in Hue, Vietnam. I love their outfits!
Many of the rock formations that protrude out of the water in Halong Bay are laced with caves, some of which are quite large and suitable to walk through. The sunlight coming through the natural windows near the surface made quite a contrast to the darkness and dim colored lighting in the cave.
Vietnam’s Halong Bay is crowded with tour boats ferrying people back and forth. This is the dock area where groups get on and off the boats to walk through some of Halong Bay’s caves.
A trip to Halong Bay is, it seems, obligatory if one stays in Hanoi for more than 12 hours. The bay with its stunning rock formations and caves is indeed magnificent and worth a look. I, however, made the mistake of taking a one day tour from Hanoi to Halong Bay. I spent more time in a bus going back and forth than I did at the bay, and once there, visiting the most accessible area, which was literally swamped with tour boats and people. Tours to Halong Bay have become something of a cottage industry in Hanoi. If I had this to do again – and hopefully I will – I will go for two or three days at Halong Bay. Enough time to see more of this gorgeous place and hopefully find parts of the huge bay a bit less traveled.
The view in the photo actually looks away from the rock formations that make the bay famous. In the distance is Halong City, which has become a tourist destination in its own right and is now home to many hotels.
I returned to Thailand and Chiang Mai three days ago. Normally, the pictures are post are current – where I am and what I am doing at the moment. Not the case now. I have lots of pictures from my travels through Vietnam and I am going to continue posting more of those for the time being.
I saw quite a few of these pipes in Vietnam. Apparently using them to smoke is a longstanding tradition. Lest there is any misunderstanding, that is tobacco the man is smoking.