Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay is like the second sister to the famous Ha Long Bay, we ventured up there first to spend a night with a local family on Quan Lin Island. In many ways I prefer this bay to Halong Bay, it is more peaceful and has a working fishing port, no tourist hype at all. We had a private ferry across to the island, the deck hands and Khanh were our chefs producing a wonderful seafood meal as we cruised along and sketched to our hearts desire.
A night with the wonderful family of Mr Sau, Mrs Sau and her daughters were most admiring of pale skin and affluence as evidenced by the generous sized rump of a few of us.
Mr Sau’s daughter kind of gave me a pat on the bum, it was obvious she was impressed it was big enough to have a bit of wobble! She indicated hers and her expression indicated it was quiet inferior as it was small and taunt. Here, like in many countries of the world there may be enough to eat but life is too full of physical work to ever get plump so it is seen as desirable and a sign of affluence.
Always greener on the other side of the fence!
Dinner at our homestay.
The local cafe on the island...working over coffee

Many, many lovely little khasts

On the road to the Bay

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