DAILY PHOTO: Ever Been in a Jewelry Store in Which Everyone Wore a Life Vest?

Have you ever been in a jewelry store in which everybody was wearing a life-jacket?

Life vests are a requirement for jewelry buying here.

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Taken in December of 2015 in Bai Tu Long Bay

Taken in December of 2015 in Bai Tu Long Bay

 

Of course, they give you a little mini-class on culturing pearls.

Of course, they give you a little mini-class on culturing pearls.

 

In Bai Tu Long Bay there’s floating Pearl Farm with a built-in jewelry store. It’s a little strange browsing jeweler’s cases with a bunch of people in life-jackets. On the way into the store they show you how pearls are cultured and harvested, presumably in an attempt to engender a sense of gratitude / reciprocity from those who are really psyched about it.

DAILY PHOTO: Cave Dining

Taken on January 1, 2016 in Bai Tu Long Bay

Taken on January 1, 2016 in Bai Tu Long Bay

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One of the interesting experiences to be had on a junk boat tour in Vietnam is dining in a cave. This cave used to be employed as a shelter for fishermen during storms. Given all the rocky skerries in the bay, I suspect being in a boat in a storm here would be terrifying. However, the caves are now prohibited to those without a license. Because the fishermen took to lopping off stalactites and stalagmites because they make for impressive mountains for bonzai displays–and those displays can be big money makers when done well.

 

An example of what I’m talking about can be seen below.

This one was located at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi.

This one was located at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi.