I would probably consider myself a morning person – I hate to burn daylight unless it’s in aid of nursing a hangover and even then I’d at least try to lug myself towards the light. But even for a morning person 6am get ups don’t quite qualify as easy. There has to be some incentive for me to leave the covers pre-sunrise.
Incentive: Tai Chi with the sunrise.
Before visiting Halong Bay I’d never given Tai Chi any time of day, never mind 6am. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to try it but rather that I was under the impression that anything that moves at such a slow pace would send me into a total pit of boredom. However, given that I was staying on a boat in the middle of the UNESCO world Heritage site that is Halong Bay, and this Tai Chi was timed for the sunrise, I came to the conclusion that this ridiculous hour might actually be worth it.
As it turns out, Tai Chi is an activity I will be doing again regardless of whether I happen to be residing in such a spectacular setting. I started the day with the sunrise, feeling completely detached from any care in the world, and that feeling seemed to stay with me the whole day.