Halong Bay was an experience, to say the least. The 3,000 islands provided a serene background to an otherwise chaotic 3 days of drinking on boat after boat. Interesting, though, were the floating houses of fisherman who live amongst the islands. The wooden shacks painted myriad shades of blues and teals gave character to their background of similar colors. On the second day, we stayed in bamboo huts on "Castaway Island" and the havoc continued. Can't complain--it was my birthday, and birthdays should go that way.