Thursday 31 March. Ha Long Bay (Descending Dragon Bay).
We spent our final three days on a smart boat trip around Bai Tu Long (Baby Dragon Bay), just east of the more famous and therefore busier, Ha Long Bay. We cruised and kayaked into lagoons and bays enclosed by towering limestone karsks. Lush green forests were balanced on top and below, great arches showed the way into hidden, tranquil corners. We glimpsed phoenix birds, eagles, and hawks circling as they looked for fish. It was the relaxation we deserved after the last few weeks of hard cycling. I am so glad I booked this trip in advance as I think Alex would have had us cycling to the airport!
Alex made me the happiest girl in Vietnam by asking me to marry him on a little beach during a kayaking trip. I said yes, happy to know I had passed the final cycling test! Last night we had a enjoyed a romantic dinner in a cave lit with candles and served on tables scattered with rose petals. The perfect way to end our trip.