|You'll fall in love with the Dragon Pearl II, |
a classic wooden junk in Bai Tu Long Bay.
|Bamboo boat tour of floating village.|
|Workers bend over their handicrafts in a mandatory tourist stop.|
|Water puppet show with lunch in a rice-farming village, a welcome break in the long ride from Hanoi.|
|Plenty of room to relax.|
|People eke out a meager living on tiny boats|
amid the towering rocks.
|Kayaking through a cave in the rock formations.|
|The hardworking crew welcomes you to dinner in a cave.|
|A private island with pristine beach and|
dinner in a cave.
|Elaborate food sculptures.|
Mr. Smiley made sure everyone got in the pictures as he explained how the people who used to live in these island caves have been relocated to the mainland.
|Our guide, Mr. Smiley, talks about the one-room school|
in the floating village.
He also didn't sugarcoat the "floating village" we visited on the last day. The one-room school, decorated with the words of Ho Chi Minh, no longer has any students. Again, the villagers have been relocated but return to the water to row tourists through their former home. A few local trinkets are for sale, as well as a jewelry store featuring pearls from the oyster farm here.
|A locally grown pearl from the oyster farm.|
|A natural arch near the floating village.|