Junk Tips 101
05.11.2010 - 06.11.2010
I was wondering what I could say about Ha Long Bay that hasn't been said before. So instead of describing the mind-blowingly beautiful scenery (how could I do it justice anyway?), I decided I would focus on how to pretend you're a VIP on your junk cruise when there are thousands of others doing exactly the same thing, at the same time.
First of all: DO book your junk with a company that uses a private pier. That way you DON'T have to mix it with the aforementioned throngs. You can step down from your road transport (which has been able to conveniently drive right to the edge of the pier), walk a few steps, then magically transform into the princess/prince you have always secretly known you deserve to be. If the junk has a slogan written on the side, "the luxury you deserve", all the better.
Secondly: DO take the option of climbing Mt Titop so that you can get that wonderful shot of the bay that you have back at home as the desktop background on your computer. In future it will be perfectly reasonable to pretend that it's one of your own photos.
Next: DO realise that the Vietnamese silk trimmings on the bed in your luxury cabin will help you to sleep better in the private little cove that the captain has gently nosed the junk into, to drop anchor for the night.
Finally: DO make the most of every minute, as it's a long way to come, and you'll treasure the experience forever.