Ha Long Bay is known especially for its limestone formations, which exist elsewhere in Vietnam, but in unique grandeur here. We took a six-hour boating excursion to view the formations and some of the caves therein.
Tomorrow we head for Bắc Ninh where we will meet Kim Dung, the founder of the Southeast Asia Relief Association. I look forward to seeing the hospital she built and the other works of her organization.
We took a boating excursion on Ha Long Bay (on one of the bigger boats, not the little one in the foreground).
Fr. Binh disembarking following his friend, Dr. Le, our host in Ha Long Bay who studied English a few years ago in the Portland Metro area.
Inside one of the caves are Huong Nguyen, who works for SARA, Dr. Le’s mother, Hoi, Fr. Binh and Dr. Le.
The rock in the foreground is very famous and is featured on the back of the 200,000D bill, worth about $10 (the bill, not the rock).
The fish market in action. The man on the far left was on our boat and lives in Berlin, Germany but is home visiting family. He did not speak English, so he and I engaged in small talk, as my limited German ability allowed me.