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Jun 23, 2008 - Vietnam - Halong Bay

Sunday 22nd June 2008. Majestic and mysterious, it's hard to describe the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. 3,000 or more islands rising from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin, some containing grottoes and others dotted with beaches. The photos don't quite capture the scale of the Bay, but hopefully provide some idea of the spectacular scenery. Halong Bay is the number one attraction in North East Vietnam - and is best experienced from the deck of a junk boat. We booked a two day cruise on the Santa Maria and were joined by an lovely...

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Jan 11, 2008 - Halong Bay

Well, this has been an interesting couple of days - so much happening, so many sights we've seen - it's really hard to keep up with it all! We ditched our cyclo driver around lunch time and took to walking - yes, walking! - around the old town in the afternoon. As we strolled down one street a chap on the other side of the road hailed Bruce then came whistling over to us (risking the chaos of the motorbike traffic) and told Bruce his shoe needs repairing. He was right, actually. Bruce's Mephistos have needed a stitch at one small part for a...

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Sep 21, 2007 - Cat Ba Island

Everywhere in Hanoi there are agencies offering tours to Halong Bay. I would say 90% of people do a tour of Halong Bay from Hanoi, its so cheap the cheapest I saw was US$39.00pp for 3 days. We tossed up doing a tour but as we aren't tour people (as we found out on our Perfume Pogoda Tour) we decided to do it by ourselves. Im sure we were all wishing we had done a tour after it ended up taking us all day to get to Cat Ba Island on Sunday. Firstly we had to catch a taxi to the bus station. When we got there no one could speak English and even...

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Jul 11, 2007 - Halong Bay

During our trip through Vietnam we had heard many tales of disappointment about Halong Bay mainly involving dodgey Hanoi tour operators and some people even advised us to give it a miss. However, not being one to miss out on a UNESCO World Heritage Site if I have the choice, we decided to try our luck. We plumped for a posh style sailing junk as our vessel and stumped up the dollars. Our boat "Lagoon Explorer" was great and the fresh seafood plentiful. Halong Bay was just as you see it in the photographs - lots and lots of tree-clad...

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