Halong Bay is one of 3 places in the world where there are natural limestone formations that rise out of the water. The other 2 places are the Phi Phi islands in Thailand and Guilin, China. Halong Bay has the distinction of having the most rock formations, somewhere near 9000 such mountains. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth and holds dozens (if not hundreds) of secluded beaches tucked away behind towering limestone outcrops.
I went on the tour with Hanoi Backpacker’s Hostel to Halong Bay. The food was incredible, the people were great, and I mustered up the courage to do some things which I’ve never done before including jumping 10m off the top deck of a boat into the sea below and wake boarding. While it was more expensive than many tours offered by travel agencies, it offered up everything I expected and didn’t skimp on anything. I could’ve done more activities but sleeping in a hammock on a private island after a long night of partying was just too inviting.