Sleeping under the stars in Halong Bay - Story of a cruise captain
I work and live on a cruise ship. Eventually we will have days when we don’t have any guests and have to stay on anchor at the local Bai Chay harbor. Since we have to save fuel from the generators we turn of the electricity and water during afternoons and evenings. We are usually forced by nature to sleep under the open skies which in Halong Bay can be quite rewarding.
On the left of the ship you can see the well illuminated tourist district which holds most of the hotels. Tall buildings, palm trees and fancy hotel signs make it look like the little brother of Miami. On the right side is the real treat. First you can see the spectacular light show coming from the bridge connecting Bai Chay and Hon Gai. Not only the bridge is covered in lights but the see turns different colors and the sky lights up as well.
On the left of the ship you can see the well illuminated tourist district which holds most of the hotels. Tall buildings, palm trees and fancy hotel signs make it look like the little brother of Miami.
More to the right is the beautiful skyline of Hon Gai. Tall buildings, a harbor and a very tall hill in the middle. This hill was used in the past to hold a tower which would be set on fire if enemy ships approached from the distance. In the past fire towers were set on high hills as a tool for long distance communication in case of emergency. There was one scene from the “Lord of the rings” which depicts these towers very well. Now the hill has a big signal transmission tower. Anyways the power shuts down and we all move to the top deck where we can enjoy the night breeze, surf the internet, socialize and most important – enjoy the great view. Sometimes I feel privileged to have the opportunity to witness these things. Do you image what it would be like to share this with your significant other? Well I did. It is a moment to remember forever.
Author + Photos: Ivan Shoshkov