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Apr 19, 2007 - Halong Bay - Days 17 & 18

We have returned to Hanoi from our two day/one night cruise on Halong Bay. Halong Bay is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Hanoi. It is a beautiful spot with thousands of carst islands - I think they are made out of limestone. Some of the islands have beaches and some have caves. There are also 5 or 6 floating fishing villages amongst the islands. It is interesting to consider what spending your whole life living on the ocean would be like. What surprised me most was that you could hear dogs barking in the villages. We very much enjoyed the...

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Oct 18, 2006 - Halong Bay

I signed up for a tour through my hotel to go to Halong Bay for 3 days and 2 nights. We took a bus to Halong City which is 3.5 hours northeast from Hanoi. We got on a junk and left the port. The port was crazy - there were tons of boats and these type of tours leave everyday, so there are people everywhere! Luckily we only had 7 people in our tour, so it was pretty mellow. Halong Bay is filled with tons of islands. Most of them have no beach area and rise up vertically out of the water. The area is beautiful and there are a few small...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Aug 21, 2006 - Halong Bay boat trip

We booked a charter out to Halong Bay. Two days on the water and one night on the boat. The scenery was some of the most beautiful we've seen yet. With limestone island jutting out of the water every where we looked. Also the weather which had been raining for the last week, finally gave us some blue skies. The first day on the boat we stopped by acouple of limestone caverns, made into the side of a island. Really cool, only wished we had been the one to discover them. We also did a little kayaking around the bay, followed by some swimming,...

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Feb 1, 2006 - Halong Bay

We decided to take a quick 2 day one night cruise in Vietnam's famous Halong Bay. The bay is known for it many islands and unique rock formations as well as limestone caves. Joined by 16 other tourists, all of us sleeping on the boat, it was a great chance to relax, enjoy the scenery, trade stories, and play cards.

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Jan 26, 2006 - Vietnam - Ha Long Bay & Cat Ba island

Our two day boat trip on a junk kicked off in Halong City with a group of around 14 people. The weather here, like Hanoi is very cold (it's winter in North Vietnam now!) so we were wearing nearly all the clothes we have with us & were definitely not planning on going swimming although the sea was a beautiful green colour in most places. The cloud & mist made for an intriguing setting but unfortunately very bad photos. There are over 3,000 islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, and it makes for a very pretty...

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Nov 4, 2005 - Halong Bay

[Unfortunately no photos of Halong Bay until I get them off someone else, as my camera chose that day to pack up! Fortunately it works again now though, so didn't have to faff about buying a new one or getting it fixed. No idea what was wrong with it.] I went to Halong Bay with Emily and Peter on Wednesday morning, and we'd booked to go on a three day trip that included one 'romantic' night's stay on the boat, one night on Cat Ba island, kayaking, swimming, trekking, snorkelling and a visit to Monkey Island (or at least kayaking around it),...

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Nov 3, 2005 - Halong Bay

I was up at 6 as we had an early start to Halong Bay the tour again had been booked through Lien at 'Lucky Eden Hotel' the bus picked us up at 7 and it took until 12 to get there, it was meant to be only about 3 ½ hours but we had a brunch stop at a handicapped children's handicraft centre. We set sail at 12.30; I was surprised by the upper deck of the boat as it seemed quite cosy for a boat, more like a café! However I think it is easier to list and remember the Nightmare experiences on this tour first and then try and mention some of the...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Went to Halong Bay today. It was another long trip. We left at 7:30, a small minibus picked us up, although I was the only one from my hotel. There were about 15 people on the trip in total. It was quite a mixture, a few Aussies, some Koreans, a Chinese guy, some Singaporeans and a couple from somewhere in Europe, though I'm not sure where! We did the usual lap around all the hotels picking people up, before we came to the edge of the old quarter, where the police stopped the bus! Apparently Minibuses are banned from the old quarter unless...

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Jun 4, 2005 - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Blast

Hey Still alive and kicking in asia, although very sweaty. The temperatrues have been over 100 the past few days and will only get warmer as we head further south. Halong bay was on the top of my list of things to see here in Vietnam, and it really lived up to its reputation. The views were breathtaking, and a great change of pace from being in the city for the past few days. The trip was very relaxing for the most part, consisting mainly of boating, swimming, and lounging around. the food was really quite good too. For every meal we have...

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May 11, 2005 - Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a Unesco World Heritage listed site. For those of you who have been to Thailand- remind you of Krabi at all? Perhaps in a few years time, Vietnam will become the new climbing mecca? We stayed on a luxurious junk run by a tour company called Handspan, which we later renamed "Scamspan" as you'll see why... After a glorious afternoon of cruisin', checking out the local cave, and swimming in awesome weather, we felt we deserved a beer. Refusing to cave in to a beer which was sold on the junk marked up by 200%, the boys (Nigel and...

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May 9, 2005 - Day 2: Halong Bay Trip - Cat Ba Island

Even though I was the last to bed, Day 2 started with me rousing Becky at dawn for a morning dip. After recovering from her initial crankiness, Becky met me on deck and we swam towards shore. After about 20 minutes, we decided that Sally and Brent should make good on their vow to enjoy a sunrise dip. We swam past their windows yelling "Sally" and "Brent". In honor of my father, I even did an impressive rendition of "Everybody, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up." It went over about as well as it did when Dad tried to get me up in high school, but it did...

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Apr 9, 2005 - Halong Bay

Halong Bay is known for breathtaking scenery. The area is about 150 km from Hanoi and is made up of more than 3,000 small islands grouped in an area of 1,500 square km. There are many, many tour companies in Hanoi who offer 2 and 3 day boat trips to explore the beauty of the bay. After checking out a few tour options we picked a two day trip that included the shuttle from Hanoi, 4 meals, a private room on the boat, and kayaking for $35 USD per person. We were picked up at our hotel at 8 am on the 8th, and spent the next 30 minutes driving...

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