When we started this thing back in January, we planned not to plan too much. Our route mainly consisted of hunches on what would be an interesting new stop. We had some successes and some, well, interesting experiences. We only had two parts in our trip that were set: the family visits in Peru and Vietnam.
Just before leaving Vietnam and heading for Sri Lanka, we had a special occasion coming up. Together for 10 years and married for two, that calls for a celebration. The thing is, the past months have been one big fiësta. So what would be the way to celebrate?
One of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia is Ha Long bay. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its enormous limestone cliffs and beautiful blue water. The fame, however, has a down side: this Vietnamese bay is filled with cruises, backpacker party boats, and even worse, tons of plastic. So on the one hand, we really wanted to see this paradise and on the other, we hated the thought of sailing in, and adding to, the plastic soup.