Chasing the coast to Halong Bay

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No matter how much fun I’m having in a big city, there’s always that instant feeling of relaxation when you head off on a road trip in search of the coast. So after spending an epic week in Hanoi, we boarded our Topdeck tour bus and hit the road for Halong Bay where we were filming another episode of our web series.

Located in northwest Vietnam, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s famous for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped with rainforests. After spending a week in the hot and steamy city of Hanoi, it was the perfect destination to cool off and slow down.

We had three nights cruising through Halong Bay on board a traditional wooden junk called The Aphrodite that had been organised through our Topdeck trip. Halong Bay had been on my wish list for a long time, and it didn’t fail to impress. We sailed past prehistoric looking uninhabited islands, went on kayaking missions and seaplane adventures, and spent our nights sipping on rosé watching the sun go down with new friends. And when we weren’t hitting the snooze button, we started our mornings on the deck with a sunrise tai chi session.

So sit back, watch the third episode of the series, peruse my photo diary and get inspired to visit Halong Bay for yourself. To find out more about Topdeck trips in Asia or to book, visit topdeck.travel 

Photography by myself and Emanuel Wetterqvist (photos featuring me).

Watch all seven episodes.

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

 

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

This Island Life | Topdeck Travel Asia

As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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