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Photos from Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

 

beautiful-unique-vietnamese-sculpture / If you are silly enough not to stop at this Vietnamese sculpture garden on the Hanoi road, you will miss these beautiful, unique objects d'art. They ship internationally.

capitalist-boat-entrepreneurs / Vietnam is theoretically a Communist country. But capitalist boat entrepreneurs on Ha Long Bay gladly sell Pepsi, Oreos, Pringles, and more.

chickens-on-motorbike / These live chickens are somehow strapped to the back of a motorbike. Vietnam offers a growth opportunity for animal rights activists.

chickens-on-motorbike-vietnam / These live chickens are somehow strapped to the back of a motorbike. Vietnam offers a growth opportunity for animal rights activists.

communist-floating-supermarket / Vietnam is theoretically a Communist country. But capitalist boat entrepreneurs on Ha Long Bay operate these floating Oreo-selling supermarkets.

communist-supermarket / Vietnam is theoretically a Communist country. But capitalist boat entrepreneurs on Ha Long Bay operate these floating Oreo-selling supermarkets.

floating-supermarkets / Vietnam is theoretically a Communist country. But capitalist boat entrepreneurs on Ha Long Bay operate these floating Oreo-selling supermarkets.

ha-long-bay / Ha Long Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site, marred by the congestion of too many junks, or boats

ha-long-bay-boat / Boy and his sister selling shells in Ha Long Bay

ha-long-bay-floating-village / Floating village in Ha Long Bay, home to local fisherman. About 1,600 live in the entire bay.

ha-long-bay-tourist-beach / Your Ha Long Bay boat, or junk, will end up at this beach, which features a path to the top of the rock. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea.

ha-long-city-beach / Ha Long City beach, which is becoming an increasingly popular, and crowded, tourist destination

halong-bay / Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site, marred by the congestion of too many junks, or boats

halong-bay-boy / Boy and his sister selling shells in Ha Long Bay. Warning: He has anger-management issues if you shop but don't buy.

halong-bay-boy-shells / Boy and his sister selling shells in Ha Long Bay. Warning: He has anger-control problems if you shop but don't buy.

halong-bay-crab / Ha Long Bay crab for dinner on the 'Victory' cruise boat, or junk

halong-bay-crab-served / Ha Long Bay crab served for dinner on the 'Victory' cruise boat, or junk

halong-bay-harbor / The crowded harbor of the city of Ha Long, which opens onto the equally-crowded waters of Ha Long Bay

halong-bay-junks / Junks on Ha Long Bay, in theory a surpassingly beautiful area and UNESCO World Heritage Site but in reality overflowing with tourists. All the junks head to this one small beach.

halong-bay-night / Halong Bay at night. All boats are anchored nearby, so police can more easily patrol to stop thieves from boarding after dark.

halong-bay-tourists / If you go to Ha Long Bay, you too can take photos of tourists taking photos of you

halong-bay-victory-cruise / Not-exactly-sparse dining room on boat, or junk, called 'Victory' that offers overnight cruises on Ha Long Bay

hang-sung-sot-cave / If you go to Ha Long Bay, you can enjoy being herded through the Hang Sung Sot cave, along with tens of thousands of tourists who will visit the same day

hang-sung-sot-cave-entrance / Entrance to the Hang Sung Sot cave in Ha Long Bay, a remarkable sight but plagued with hordes of tourists.

hang-sung-sot-cave-opening / Opening at the top of the Hang Sung Sot cave, a remarkable sight but plagued with hordes of tourists.

hang-sung-sot-opening / Opening at the top of the Hang Sung Sot cave, a remarkable sight but plagued with hordes of tourists.

pig-on-motorbike / Pig strapped to motorbike in Vietnam. Water buffalo are also, unbelievably, carried this way. You may not believe it until you see it.

pig-on-motorbike-vietnam / Pig strapped to motorbike in Vietnam. Water buffalo are also, unbelievably, carried this way. You may not believe it until you see it.

rest-stop-road-to-halong-bay / On the way from Hanoi to Halong Bay you'll see rest stops that feature handicrafts by the handicapped. It's a charity project, though with sky-high prices.

rice-paddy-cemetaries / Never say Vietnam doesn't respect property rights: Some rice farmers want to be buried in a small, above-ground tomb in a family plot on their own field

victory-junk / 'Victory' junk on Ha Long Bay, operated by Bai Tho Tourism

vietnam-pigs-on-truck / Pigs on truck on road from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

vietnamese-road-design-philosophy / Unique Vietnamese road design philosophy: On a divided highway, instead of having the two lanes on one side go in the same direction, they're opposite.

 

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