Halong Bay
Our first views of North Vietnam were agricultural
scenes, such as this woman plowing with a water buffalo.
This was something new.  I had never seen anyone standing
on a water buffalo before.  They are also ridden in the north.
Our first day in the north was spent taking a boat ride
in scenic Halong Bay, perhaps Vietnam's most famous
natural wonder.  It is now a World Heritage Site.
I could have done without the misty rain, but still
managed some good pictures of limestone peak formations.
Halong Bay presents scenery that clearly resembles
sights along the Li River in Guilin, China.
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Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking
Ho Asked Me to Go