We return to the Alisa, the boat then navigates to another area of the bay, and we are given the option of going kayaking. William and I decide to rest up, but the others from our group give it a try. While they are kayaking we sit on deck watching them in the distance while William enjoys a cigar.
We have breakfast then are tendered to Titop Island, which was named for the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov on the occasion of his first visit to Halong Bay in 1962. There’s a statue of him on the island, and it acts as a reminder to us of how important the Russian’s were to North Vietnam during the war. The island has 450 steps to it’s summit which provides 360 degree views of the bay. The steps are often uneven and after about 300 I find a viewing area that I think is high enough for me.
After Titop Island the Alica makes her way back to the dock while we are served brunch at 9:15 am and then settle our accounts. Their “buy 2 get 1 free” happy hour was apparently very enticing last evening. By 11 am the boat has docked and we are ashore. The cruise is a good experience, a bit of a whirlwind, but the one night option was enough (they also offer a two night cruise).
Three hours later Kim has helped us to check-in at Hanoi airport for our flight to Hue and the six of us are sitting in the airport lounge. On to the next city!