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Junk boats in Vietnam
This famous oriental boat is Chinese in origin and design, but across the years it has been used throughout Asia for extensive sea-bound voyages.
Junk Boats have been sailing on the world’s waters from as far back as 2nd century AD, but even in our modern age they are still regarded as one of the most successful shipping designs in history. The sails are purposefully flexible so the boat is easy to control and, most spectacularly, can be sailed into the wind. The vessel itself is built of softwoods such as cedar, and the exoskeleton of the ship is constructed first. It is known for its durability and versatility (despite its sails being made from strips of linen held out with bamboo sticks) and its movement is fast and stable due to a keeless hull and mobile sail plan.
As is customary of cultural suspicion, the boat’s sails are usually red to protect the vessel from misfortune and ward off any dangers it may encounter across the seas. The most popular way to explore the breathtaking Halong Bay is by boarding a Junk Boat for a night or two. Sunbathe on the deck, enjoy the fresh meals cooked on board, and drift off to sleep to the gentle lulling of the waves – all while taking in the epic landscape. On many boats, you can choose to take a kayak out to explore the myriad of caves too. It really is an experience of a lifetime.