Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Halong Bay

And I have to include a picture of my friend and awesome travel partner, Maame who has been nice enough to put up with my photo requests!

Shirt: Borrowed from my Dad
Jean shorts: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (borrowed from a friend)

I hope everyone's week is going well!  Time here in Vietnam is flying by! I can't believe my vacation is more than halfway over.  Today we traveled 3.5 hours outside of Hanoi to visit a UNESCO heritage site, Halong Bay.  While our tour guide was convinced that a trip to Vietnam without a trip to Halong Bay didn't count as a trip to Vietnam, I'm not sure I would go quite that far.  It was definitely worth the trip though and was a welcome change of space from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.

Given how hot it is here (and after sweating through my outfit from Monday), I opted for an oversize linen shirt (thanks Dad!) which was very breathable and doubles as a great bathing suit cover-up (even though I misread the itinerary and we didn't have a chance to swim...)

Halong (or "Descending Dragon") Bay is a huge bay, with almost 2000 limestone islands that have formed over the past 500M years.  The islands all have very interesting names, including Elephant, Monkey, and Fighting Rooster.  Though most of the lake is uninhabited, there is a small group of people that live in several fishing villages floating on the lake.  

We arrived at the hotel after a long drive and had a delicious Vietnamese lunch on the boat.  After lunch, we kayaked around the bay and then hiked through a cave to admire the stalagmite and stalactite.  Most people spend 2 or 3 days at Halong Bay, but we only had a day as we are trying to make the most of our trip.  I've included some pictures below.  

One of the ladies from the fishing village who gave us a ride around the bay 

View of the bay

Sailing into the cave

Sailing around Halong Bay

Beautiful light inside the cave

Rock formations inside the cave

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  1. Love that fedora - your pictures look amazing!!!


  2. Great pictures and I love the causal look of your outfit :D

    Kreyola Jounerys

  3. gorgeous photos! Love your panama hat + shorts combo :)

    The Style Scribe

  4. Wow this is so amazing!! This looks like such an amazing trip :) And I love the menswear button up!


  5. This looks incredible and your outfit is perfect for vacay!

    xx Cara

  6. Wow, Amazing. That cave mustve given you chills...gorgeous and I wouldve worn exactly what you are wearing. Have a great rest of your trip!
    Aesthetic Lounge

  7. Great pictures Nicole. I love everything about your outfit. Your dad's shirt looks so comfy!!! Keep enjoying you trip, It looks like a daydream vacay! XO

  8. i've always wanted to visit Vietnam and these pictures look amazing! beautiful pictures you i love the breezy style.

    cute & little

  9. Love love love this outfit! Such an easy summer look! Awesome photos.


  10. That bay is gorgeous and the cave just amazing, fun and a little scary, too.

  11. Love your travel looks, such great pictures!