Got up at 4:50 to see the Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi at sunrise as we were told that it was amazing to see all the people exercising in the cool morning. It wasn't that amazing, but was very amusing - lots of old men doing stretching. We caught a bus to Halong Bay with our Halong Pacific Junk Tour company and other backpackers.
After getting onto our junk we headed out into the stunning bay. First we saw some amazing caves with hundreds of stalagtites/mites. Then we headed to another place to do kayaking - ben broke a paddle and we lost one somehow, which promptly sunk - lots of laughs trying to explain it to the tour guides! Had a great seafood lunch onboard and continued round to a spot where we could swim - jumping off the top deck of the junk - lots of screaming from the girls!
Had a great evening meal as well and then talked with the fellow travellers - Aussies and Israelis (great fun) while drinking tequila, watching the sunset and listening to a strange mix of music, from the Lion King to destiny's child! Great day!