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Halong Bay. What, You Thought I Was Done With My Vacation Pics?


According to Vietnamese legend, the nearly 2,000 islands in Halong Bay were created by a family of dragons to protect Vietnam from Chinese invaders. The dragons descended from heaven and spat out jewels into the bay, which then turned into to limestone islets, as it is widely known that the Chinese are terrified of limestone. It is their kryponite.


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This is probably the most famous part of Halong Bay. It is so famous, in fact, that I forgot its name.


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I do know the name of this cave at least, Sung Sot. It is fucking enormous, which is not surprising considering the world's richest Neanderthal once lived here. He invented the sharpened stick and elephants.


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The morning's low tide reveals that many of the islands are naked from the waist down.


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A floating village next to Cat Ba island. It always mystifies me that people are able to spend their entire lives away from solid ground. It also mystifies me that people catch and eat the fish in the same water they piss and shit into. Or maybe they don't eat the fish and just sell it to the tourist boats that then cook and serve the fish to people like me.


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What this little island lacked in size, he more than made up for with charm and panache.


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Centuries of tides have shaped the ceiling of this limestone cave into something that resembles the surface of an ancient moon. Limestone is water's bitch.


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It may take a while, but these islands here are trying to detach themselves from Halong Bay. A thousand years from now, they will succeed and travel to Hong Kong to finally pursue their dream of opening a Greek restaurant. But, alas, they will discover that the human race is long gone, and that Hong Kong is now populated by highly intelligent ferns, who consider limestone to be a delicacy. The irony alone kills them before the ravenous ferns do.


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Halong Bay at dusk. The only serene moment of my Asia trip. As I mentioned in a previous entry, all you could hear were cicadas. Aside from two neighboring boats, we were completely isolated from civilization ... and air conditioning. If it weren't for the fans in our rooms, I would've slept on the deck of the boat - and I probably should have anyway. I think I lost about six pounds of sweat that night.


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This giant rock had a beak and a big hole shaped like Idaho, hence the Vietnamese call it Beakaho. It's true. You can Wiki it.


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Was kayaking here, absorbing the peace and calm of nature. It was so hot that I stuck my legs into the cool, inviting water. Then something brushed against my leg. It was a used diaper.


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Obligatory people shot. My legs look strangely short and stocky here like Frodo's.


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But unlike Frodo, instead of climbing Mount Doom, I climbed to the top of this island to reach the pagoda. There was a very wise man inside that pagoda. He sold me an overpriced bottle of water.




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