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Feb 26, 2009 - Halong Bay cruise

We spent 2 days and 1 night on our junk boat, around the Halong Bay and Cat Ba island. The bus trip to Halong City harbour takes about 3.5 hours, so we arrived at the harbour about 12.30/1pm very hungry! Got onto our boat, which is wooden and very nice, and had a decent lunch of cold chips (?!), cold spring rolls, prawns - it was fine. Unfortunately we dropped the bag early on and the camera won't work so we are without.. my camera phone works a bit so we are hoping they will come out. We sailed to a local cave - heavenly palace cave -...

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Feb 6, 2009 - Ha Long

Hey friends, The Ha Long bay is classified asset of Unesco. And it’s beautiful, like in the pictures. It was a long day, 3 hours in a small mini van to get there than 4hours on the boat and in the caves to go back to Hanoi 3hours in the mini van. It’s impressive all those rocks coming out of the water, it’s called the dragon bay and the rocks would be the tears of the dragon mother. The caves weren’t that impressive for me as I had the chance to visit others much more fascinating with my parents (thanks mum and pap). This trip is a must do,...

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Dec 8, 2008 - Ha Long Bay

Although we've enjoyed our travels in Vietnam, we had both agreed that this is probably not a country we'd probably ever return to visit. The main reason is that it's hard work getting constantly bombarded with requests to buy things or services and it got to feeling like everyone was on the "take". Clearly, people are just trying to make money, but it can get tiring and put us on the defensive. Not wanting to come back may have changed for us after seeing Halong Bay. Loving the outdoors as we do, we can honestly say that Halong Bay is...

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Oct 21, 2008 - Cruising Ha Long Bay

We got up early today as we need to catch the bus for our trip to Ha Long Bay, about 3 hours west of Hanoi. Ha Long Bay is a lovely little inlet filled with many karsts [limestone formations], tiny islands, secluded beaches and luxurious [and not so luxurious] “junk” type cruising vessels. Our was to be one of the for luxurious types – the “Valentine” All did not start well. Our seats on the mini bus were a bit crammed and sitting with my knees rammed into the seat in front of me for 3 ½ hours over typical Vietnamese pavement [none in good...

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Aug 14, 2008 - Ha Long Bay

Today we just returned back from a 3 hour bumpy ride back from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi. We took am overnight Junk Boat around Ha Long Bay, hiked/row boated through two caves, relaxed on the top deck and ate very well. All of our meals consisted of seafood...crab, shrimp, squid, and fish. :) The service and food on the boat was awesome. All the meals prepared for us were served on white linen tables, with wine goblets and all. While we were docked in the bay, we had chance to coool off in the water. We discovered that there were sea lice and...

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Jun 27, 2008 - HaLong Bay

We flew from Bangkok to Hanoi on the 25th. There were 30 people on our flight and we had a plane that seated 150!! So we took up a whole row each and slept the whole way there. We didn't get up to much in Hanoi, we were beat from travelling...we are used to the easy life on the beach! The next morning we were off to Ha Long Bay. It was amazing! We did a boat tour, which cruised around the bay for about 4 hours, the islands were incredible. We stopped to do a tour of the biggest cave I have ever seen and then we kayaked around for an hour....

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Apr 21, 2008 - Ha Long Bay

Directly after arriving back in Hanoi from Sapa at 5 am, we departed at 8 am for 3 days on a boat in Halong Bay. Both Sapa and Halong Bay trips were out of Vietnam's most northern major city, Hanoi. Anyways, Ha Long Bay is fighting to be one of the 7 wonders of the world....and it truly was unbelievable.... It is quite a trek out there as it is a 4 hour ride packed like sardines in a minivan and then we stayed on a live-a-board boat, and then on a popular island, called Cat Ba Island. The other people on the boat were hilarious and we spend...

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Apr 4, 2008 - Halong Bay for the Day

The alarm went off at 645 this morning, an early shock to the system, however it was worth it in th end. We were picked up from the hotel at 715. Two scooters were there waiting for us, a new adventure for Michelle, but again, something that I have done already. Our backpacks were squished between the handles and the driver, and Michelle and I hopped on the back. A slightly scary experience needless to say. It is absolute chaos on the streets! We had told Hong about our allergies the night before and so he got us a "special" treat for...

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Mar 6, 2008 - Boat trip around Ha Long Bay!

Ha Long bay is famous for its lime stone formations which rise from the water. There are over 900 different formations in this area, some which have been explored and others which have not. We decided to do an arranged tour to Ha Long Bay, as we only had two days. So we took a three hour bus trip to to Ha Long Bay, then jumped onto a wooden cruise ship for a tour of the bay. We cruised for a couple hours, then toured the "most beautiful and amazing" lime stone cave. It was quite a large cave, taking us about half hour to walk through it....

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Feb 28, 2008 - So Long, Ha Long

By Elizabeth "It is far easier to travel than to write about it." - David Livingstone This post is hard to write. We seem to be going from one mystical, magical place to another and words just can't begin to describe what we have seen. Pictures can't possibly capture the sheer beauty, dramatic scenery and interesting people we have encountered (Eric and I find ourselves continuously saying to each other that our photos just don't do the scenes justice). But I will try my best to describe Ha Long Bay, Vietnam because I think it may well be...

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Feb 18, 2008 - Ha Long Bay

We spent our free day in Hanoi on foot checking out the shops. Mostly pretty uneventful until we decided to check out a wetsern style mall with prices matching those at home. Nick spotted a couple of pieces of lego that are no longer procurable in NZ so we bought those two pieces after some negotiations over whose bag would carry which piece! We then enterted the supermarket part of teh comploex for a browse and when we exited there the lego set of teh shop alarms. Well.... we were taken aside by the very austere security officials and...

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Jan 31, 2008 - Kyacking & Karaoke in Ha Long Bay

TUESDAY 29th JANUARY 2008 Halong Bay is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the stunning scenery is the product of millions of years of chemical action and river erosion working on the limestone to produce a pitted landscape. At the end of the last ice age, when the glaciers melted, the sea level rose and inundated the area turning hills into islands. It took 3 ½ hrs by coach to reach Halong Bay from Hanoi and on the journey we knew we were in the company of some interesting and colourful characters, namely two German guys, (Uncle) Oliver...

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