I've dug through the archives for today's Photo Friday. Thanks to metadata I know this image from Vietnam was taken January 6, 2007! Imagine how much better it would be if I was shooting with a DSLR then?!
Halong Bay is such a beautiful place and the 2 day/1 night boat cruise was definitely the most relaxing part of my otherwise trying month of backpacking Vietnam from the very bottom to the very top.
Photos hardly do Halong Bay's exotic landscape justice. The karsts jutting out of the murky water, the Chinese junks with ridiculous dragon carvings, the floating villages... then these two girls, dressed like characters from a Dickens tale, paddled up in their little boat. Breaking the spell of the surreal scene, the youngest shouted out the few English words she knew -- "you have US dollars?"