Group D2 — Ha Long Bay and Boat Cruise





UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fishing village at Ha Long Bay contains a wide variety of marine lifeforms. Most of the marine lifeforms there are not founded in Singapore. The fish farms also shows the Vietnamese culture there. They seem to lead a simple lifestyle as they were living in tiny houses there which was just beside their fish farms.

The limestone caves was really beautiful due to their vast colors and shapes formed by the limestones. It is so formed similar to some objects of animals for example the mythical unicorn which is one of the animals the Vietnamese believe in, together with the turtle, dragon and Phoenix.

Singapore is a more different country than Vietnam. Singapore is a place that does not have limestone caves and such beautiful scenery of nature. Singapore has boat rides that is not really as fun as those in Vietnam as it will be more urban based than those in Vietnam which are about the nature around it.

Boat Cruise
Halong Bay first kick started with a boat ride, then a trip to explore the fish farm. After that, we had a lunch on the boat followed by a visit to the Dong Tien Cung cave. Finally we returned back to the pier on the boat.

The boat cruise had several tables with 6 life vests under the table. My group and I had fun chatting and watching the breathtaking scenic view.

The fish farm was another amazing visual experience for me. There were many different fishes and I also saw a life squid for the first time ever.

The lunch on the boat was filled with seafood and my group member’s sense of taste were apparently captured by the delicious tasting fish and chicken.

Dong Tien Cung cave walls was filled with shapes of animals. It was a special cave with a special experience that could only be offered by Halong Bay.
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Reflections at Ha Long Bay (Dylan Goh S1-03)
Ha Long Bay has breathtaking scenery which i enjoyed a lot when we were having our boat cruise. The place was filled with islands of different shapes and sizes. When we visited the fish farm, there was a wide variety of marine life forms, for example horseshoe crabs. The tour guide gave us ample time to explore around the fish farm, allowing us to take a look at different marine life forms and asking what are they. After that, we had our lunch on board. It was mostly seafood and I enjoyed the fish most as it was delicious. After that was a visit to the limestone cave, the second largest one in Ha Long Bay. Although it might be the second largest one,Dong Tien Cong, it sure was huge with vibrant lights, making the cave look like it had natural colors. The friendly tour guide showed us some rocks that look like other structures, one which looked like a unicorn.

Reflections at Ha Long Bay (Gregory Ooi S1-03)
The experience to Ha Long Bay was really something new. It is not always that you get to cruise the waters and witness high mountain-like islands with breathtaking scenery and beauty. I find Ha Long Bay fascinating; it is culture filled. With old habits, one can easily find his way to the roots and origin of Vietnamese culture.

We started off with the fish farm, witnessing a wide variety of marine life. We then later had lunch(seafood) on board our cruise for roughly an hour. We headed for the Dong Tien Cong Cave, the second largest limestone cave after that. It was interesting, figuring and realizing how nature could be a part of our imagination, knowing how the limestone are so alike structures of Buddhism and mythical Vietnamese creatures.

Reflections at Ha Long Bay (Sean Loh S1-06)
The trip to Halong Bay has been a very interesting experience for me.It has taught me that nature has many beautiful sights around the world.It has helped me realize that we should really protect the environment and try not to destroy it.When I was in the cave,there was human activity and many lights everywhere showing off the structure of the cave.However I feel that this would actually damage the environment as I am sure that before humans found it,it was very peaceful but now it was filled with humans walking around disturbing the serenity of the cave.It has also been an eye opener for me showing me how the city life is very different from the life in Halong Bay and their fisherman.I could see people living in their floating houses doing everyday things which in the city do but without the hurriedness and rush making them seem very happy with their lives.In conclusion I feel that the trip to Halong Bay has taught me to take things slower when doing things and I should appreciate what I already have as their technology in the boats are not very advanced.We should also appreciate natures wonders and take care of it.

Reflections at Ha Long Bay (John Cheong S1-06)
The experience to Halong Bay was an enriching one and a real eye-opener. It helped me look at a side of the world through nature which was very different from the modern city of Singapore. Halong Bay’s exquisite Dong Tien Cung cave coupled with the sampan living was probably what created the perfect difference that distinguished itself from other places I have visited before.

The Dong Tien Cung cave was truly a one-of-a-kind. The shapes the walls of the caves formed were those of animals. Despite the fact that I was not fully convinced by the tour guide that the cave walls formed the shapes of animals…the people of Halong Bay must have been really imaginative individuals when they explored the caves in Halong Bay. This alone thoroughly impressed me.

The sampan living was a relatively new visual experience for me. While I have seen such lifestyle many times on television or on the web, seeing it in real life is really something else. The simplicity and relaxation that the people enjoyed make me feel like living life the way they did. Retired elderly would probably enjoy this way of life as a suitable retreat.

Overall, Halong bay was a great experience for me and it really showed me that I was just a ‘frog in a well’.
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“When driving pass roads, looking at the one can see huge and wide fields filled with crops. Agriculture wise, Hanoi is more urban like - where people work as farmers for a living. In Singapore there are no natural resources available, hence we always do importing and exporting of goods and never farming.” - Gregory Ooi S1-03

“The fishing village at Ha Long Bay contains a wide variety of marine lifeforms. Most of the marine lifeforms there are not founded in Singapore. The fish farms also shows the Vietnamese culture there. They seem to lead a simple lifestyle as they were living in tiny houses there which was just beside their fish farms.

The limestone caves was really beautiful due to their vast colors and shapes formed by the limestones. It is so formed similar to some objects of animals for example the mythical unicorn which is one of the animals the Vietnamese believe in, together with the turtle, dragon and Phoenix.

Singapore is a more different country than Vietnam. Singapore is a place that does not have limestone caves and such beautiful scenery of nature. Singapore has boat rides that is not really as fun as those in Vietnam as it will be more urban based than those in Vietnam which are about the nature around it.” - Dylan Goh S1-03

“In Singapore people travel around is very simply and conveniently.In Halong Bay the people have to take boats around which actually takes quite some time to move around.
In Singapore the people do not actually pay attention to their surroundings and scenery around them but in Halong Bay people will look and take their time to admire the scenery” - Sean Loh S1-06

“Singapore is a modern city. Hanoi is however one that is relatively traditional.”

“Singaporeans experience a much more fast paced way of living as compared to Hanoi citizens. Hanoi citizens(the ones living in Halong Bay on the sampan) are quite relaxed and seem to take things slowly.”- John Cheong S1-06

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