25.03.2009 - 25.03.2009
Woke up at 5:30 a.m., hoping that the weather has improved and I can catch sunrise. But the sky has already brightened up! I can't imagine how early is sunrise in Vietnam! Anyway the sky was the same colour as yesterday, not very blue, so there is no sun to be seen. I brought my can of Heineken up the deck. Very windy and very cold! Went back to bed after my beer and woke up an hour later for breakfast.
From 8 a.m. onwards it's just lazing around doing nothing. Did some reading, some chit-chatting. I think the temperature now is less than 20 degrees Celsius and very very windy. So different from the first two days in Hanoi, which was so hot during the day.
We returned to the wharf at 11 a.m.and went to the restaurant for "lunch". It's not even noon yet! This is why I dislike packaged tours, you don't even have control over when and what to eat! But then, Halong Bay is so difficult to venture on my own, so I cannot choose when there is no choice. Anyway that marks the end of my Halong Bay trip.
Conclusion: Halong Bay itself is beautiful, but the bad weather and exorbitant single person supplement made it a disappointment. It is a place best not to go alone, as it is not worth the extra money. Once in a lifetime here is good enough.