Halong Bay: Doing Exactly What I Wanted to Do!

By Mark Wiens 16 Comments

Sitting on my computer in University I would browse through articles like the 100 most beautiful places in the world, look at pictures of places like Halong Bay, and say to myself “I am for sure going there.”

And why not?  2.5 years of traveling from place to place and my opportunity finally came to visit Vietnam and take a trip to one of the very places that initially inspired my traveling habits, from across the world.

I know Halong Bay has been photographed a million times over and people have looked at countless pictures of the place.  These however are my real pictures that I took with my own camera representing more that just a beautiful place.  Though they don’t compare to the real sites, sounds, and experiences, the pictures represent a dream come true, a credible form of proof to show that dreams are possible and if you pursue what you want, and do what you say, you will surely succeed!

As I sipped my tea on the top deck of the Chinese junk, peering at the surreal sun setting over the gorgeous Halong Bay in Vietnam, I realized that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.











I hope that maybe this can also inspire others to carry out their dreams and do exactly what they want to do!

-Migration Mark

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  • Tawny

    13 years ago

    Ahh beautiful pictures! Should hopefully be there in the spring. Thanks for the post!

  • Dina

    13 years ago

    Stunning place and photos, Mark! I totally know what you mean by experience the beauty is not the same with just looking at photograph, no matter the quality is. It’s about being one with the location we are in. I love to take pictures to capture the moment, but the pictures can only tell a little portion about the moment itself.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Very true Dina, but if you have been there before, pictures are a great reminder to yourself!

  • John

    13 years ago

    Nice post with excellent pictures. The pictures alone would make me want to go there, because they show how much character the place has!

  • Tams

    13 years ago

    looks beautiful! I’ll be there in a month-ish, trying to find a cheap but good junk- would you recommend the one you went on? X

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Cool Tams, yes I would recommend the junk I went on. There are loads of different prices and people tell you different deals and qualities. In the end, my boat was quite nice and the price was alright to go with it. Hope you have an awesome time too!

  • tz

    13 years ago

    amazing Halong! Reminds me so much about Palawan. You have inspired me to travel more.

  • tz

    13 years ago

    amazing Halong! Reminds me so much about Palawan here in the Philippines. Have you been there?

  • Mark Wiens

    13 years ago

    @Cam: Thanks for checking it out!

    @Don: That’s great, it truly is 1 of the most beautiful places in the world!

    @Cengiz: No sorry, I was there about 1 month ago and still putting out articles. Too bad we can’t meet up. Hope you are having a great time!

    @Nellie: I appreciate it Nellie!

    @Earl: Thanks for the support Earl. These moments are extremely powerful and just the thought that everything can be at your fingertips if you make the move in unbelievable. I’m sure you have had your share of these moments too!

  • Earl

    13 years ago

    Such moments as these, when we realize that everything we have been working for has actually paid off, are as powerful as any we’ll have in our lives. It’s great to hear you’re doing what you want to be doing and I have no doubt that you’ll remain on this path now that you’re realized what you’ve actually achieved…

    Awesome stuff brother!

  • Nellie

    13 years ago

    Brilliant shots! I especially like the one taken in the cave, I know how difficult it is to get the right lighting.

  • Cengiz

    13 years ago

    are you there now. I’m in Hanoi

  • Don

    13 years ago

    Yes, Halong Bay is beautiful. That area was one of the highlights of my trip to SE Asia.

  • Cam

    13 years ago

    Ahhh, love Halong Bay! Some great photos