Early bird catches the worm as they say! Or dogs in my case!
3.30am I set my alarm to wake me up for something truly epic. A sunrise over Ha Long Bay. Now in true Derek fashion, it wasn’t just a simple get up, jump on the bike and find a nice spot, the place I planned to go to was Fort Cannon, I knew it was the highest point. So I set of for Fort Cannon, only to be turned away by the guard, even the offer of a few Dong (Vietnamese Currency) didn’t tempt him.
So what now? back to the hotel! no chance, I could see the sky was getting brighter and brighter and I was starting to feel disappointed, I planned to Periscope it too. After a little driving around I drove down a dirt track only to find the most amazing spot with the beautiful limestone Islands protruding up from the sea with the most stunning sunrise I have ever seen. I got lucky! or at least that’s what I thought.
Bring out the dogs!
In a sterotypical Vietnamese way wild dogs decided they didn’t like me in there territory, all I could think is, at least I got that rabies shot before I left Scotland! These dogs were fast and looked hungry, but I managed to gun the throttle enough to get outta there to a spot just up a little. I could still hear the barking but decided to risk it and started my Periscope broadcast from my new spot.
Wish these dogs would do one!
It turns out Vietnamese fishermen are a friendly lot
As I pulled into the harbour there was maybe 6-7 men standing getting ready to go out fishing. Me the only white man standing taking pictures and preparing a new broadcast from my new position must have to the locals looked like a right nutter. I mean how many white dudes go there at 5.30am! likely none.
An offer from the fisherman I really couldn’t refuse
I was approached by a friendly looking older fisherman by the name of Tung. He offered to take me out to sea! WHAT, hell yeah we can do that mate! Lets go, oh and by the way you’re live across the world on Periscope, you are now a legend!
Standing on this boat only me, the fisherman and around 60 Periscopers from around the world felt so surreal. Periscope is so awesome, to be able to share what I was seeing was a pleasure for me. As we made our way past floating villages and jagged rocks, every turn produced a different view of the sunset as you can see from the images i’ve uploaded.
So the sunrise journey ends right?
That’s what I thought and the many Periscopers following my epic boat ride thought the same. The reality was it was just the beginning. I thought to myself, the Fort might be open now. It was like 6am now and I thought what the hell lets go see, and my audience agreed it was a good idea. So we I set of with my viewers in hand towards the Fort.
Is this a drug deal??
Haha, this is why I love Periscope, people come into the broadcast at different times, and comment on the first thing they see, I was paying the guard the entrance few to get to the Fort. I had literally around 200 live viewers due to people sharing and Keizo, periscoping Legend from Japan was also on leading to more viewers. I was quickly trying to get to the top so I could show the world the amazing views.
This may be my new favourite place
As I walk out to the viewing point, I and the viewers watching on Periscope were totally blown away by the epic panoramic view of Ha Long with the sun rising.
After a tiring journey getting this amazing sunrise. It was now time for breakfast. When in Nam do as the Vietnamese do. So Pho Bo was the choice, beef noodles with a vietnamese filtered coffee for afters, a great way to relax after all that excitement.
Check out time at the hotel, and lets get the ferry to Halong City
I decided to drive through the national forrest for a more scenic drive, again with my Periscope followers in hand. Every turn something new to see, the landscape is so green and beautiful, it reminds me of home a little, minus the 35° heat and humidity.
After around 1 hour drive through the national park, I reached the ferry port. I boarded, relaxed, took some pictures and did a scope.
On arrival to Halong City, I was a little dissapointed. I thought there was lots to see, turns out there’s not. I decided to drive 3 hours back to Hai Phong for the night, ending the days epic journey.
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