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Jan 17, 2008 - Ha Long Bay, Jan/1&16

We awoke early on Tuesday morning, had breakfast, checked out of the hotel and boarded our shuttle to Ha Long Bay. The drive is about 3 hrs from Hanoi and leads through the fairly industrialized North-East to the coast. It was hard to take pictures out of the window of the moving car, however, we enjoyed watching the scenery - most of which was highway traffic. The scooter clearly is the most used means of transportation. On the way back we managed to take a picture of a typical chicken transport on a scooter. Likewise we saw a bunch of...

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Nov 14, 2007 - Sa Pa con't and Ho Long Bay

To continue on about Sa Pa, my favorite city in Vietnam, I must tell you about the local tribes. There are three major tribes who all live in the hills of Sa Pa. All speak Vietnamese but normally speak their own individual tribal language which sounds like Chinese. It's funny because two neighbors can be from two different tribes and not understand each other unless they speak English or Vietnamese. Anyway, the three are black haomong, black dao, and red zao. My spelling might be off, but that's how it sounds...hahaha. Each all look...

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Jen's year off

Nov 4, 2007 - Halong Bay

Today we traveled to Halong City, three hours from Hanoi, to visit Halong Bay and the incredible limestone islands that rise up from the emerald green sea floor of the Gulf of Tonkin and that cover an area of 5000 square kilometres. Enroute we passed thru a village which was situated next to a coal mine and there was so much dust created by this industry, the streets and buildings, even the dogs running loose, seemed to be a charcoal grey colour. Prior to 1994 the Halong Bay area was mostly visited by Vietnamese tourists, but after...

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Nov 4, 2007 - Ha Noi to Ha Long Bay for kayaking

Thu updating the trip to Halong Bay. So far Halong Bay has been my favorite tour of Vietnam. Our tour of Halong Bay started at 6am from Hanoi, it takes two hours to get out of Hanoi to Hai Phong by car and then from Hai Phong it's another hour by hydrofoil to Cat Ba island once we arrived at Cat Ba it was another 30min boat ride to our island on Halong Bay. The long trip was well worth it. The island had several huts for guests to stay in. Each was for two guests, it had a matress and mosquito netting. Actually the mosquitos wasn't a...

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Jul 25, 2007 - The Beauty of the Open Seas!

The 2 day trip on the junk boat was amazing, but 2 days were definitely more than enough for Jacqui. Now back safely with both feet on dry land in Hanoi, she still sways every time she sits down (Darren is feeling the same - it's part of losing your "Sea Legs"). The scenery is stunning. Indescribable. It is a world heritage site and quite rightly so. We felt very privileged to be eating lunch with such a magnificent view as the boat sailed through the islets. We went to a beach where we had the chance of a dip. The water was about 32...

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Jun 11, 2007 - Halong Bay

I decided to leave both my backpack and suit case at the hotel and just pack the essentials in my day pack to take with me. It was only a two night trip so I wouldn't need too much. I met Nicole at breakfast who is from Germany. We were both going on this trip and had a good talk. I had made a mistake in thinking that she was American at first by her accent but she has an American flat mate which is why her accent was a little on the yank side. The guy arrived to get us and we hauled our stuff around the corner to wait for the bus. Poor...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

May 23, 2007 - Off to Ha Long Bay

Off on a small bus to Ha Long Bay. Visit a workshop for victims of Agent Orange. They paint, sew, embroider and make pottery. Tan advises not to give donation but make a purchase if we can - helps with the self-esteem of the workers. I purchase a wrap. The legacy of Agent Orange can be seen in the 2nd and 3rd generations. The people originally affected mainly died of cancer, however the damaged gene has passed on to their children and results in physical deformities and other mental incapacities. These little stops are really to enable us...

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May 10, 2007 - Ha Long Bay

Took an early bus and a 4 hour drive down to Ha Long Bay. Here we were loaded onto a Chinese Junk boat called the 'Dragon Pearl'. Once on we sailed off in between massive rock islands that come out of the ocean vertically. Enroute to our destination we passed through a water floating village. As the name suggests, it is literally a couple of hundred little house tied togeather in a big semi circle within coves of the bays. The people pretty much live their whole lives on these houses. We stopped for a swim on one of the few beaches in the...

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2007 Vietnam Trip

Feb 27, 2007 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

Nothing beats two days on a boat, floating around one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. We took an overnight trip to Halong Bay with Lara and Lawrence and had lots of fun. We drove three hours to the coast, got on the Santa Maria and set sail. We were really fortunate that the boat was lovely and there were only 14 passengers, most of them being from Canada - we held a national meeting on the top deck over drinks at night. We visited an amazing cave and wandered around looking at the stalagmite/stalactite formations that...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

February 11-13, 2007 We arrived back in Hanoi from Sapa at 5:30am and were able to snooze, freshen up and have breakfast at the Tamarind Cafe, thank goodness, or we would have been on the street for 2 hours! Then we hopped on a bus for the 3.5 hour journey to Halong bay to embark on a three day cruise of the bay on the Dragon's Pearl (great recommendation Gregg and Molly, thanks!). Halong Bay is due east of Hanoi in N. Vietnam and is comprised of thousands of limestone karsts (or islands), which steeply jut out of the water, making for a...

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Oct 1, 2006 - The Hurricane over Viet Nam and our boat trip to Ha Long Bay

Today was meant to be a perfect photo op... we had booked a tour to Ha Long Bay- east of Ha Noi- and were going on a cruise through the bay to see the beautiful and world-heritage listed limestone cliffs. We were rung at 6:30am our time by my ever scared and concerned parent (Peter and Lesley) and I'm sure have subscribed to every security and travel newsletter available updating by the minute the going-ons of every country we are going to, are in and will be in the near future. We were given strict instructions that it would not be wise to...

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Aug 17, 2006 - Halong Bay: A Natural Wonder

Halong Bay Three thousand limestone peaks tower from the China Sea, spectacular caves, grottoes, thunderstorms, Chinese style Junks, fish boats and emerald seas make this excursion from Hanoi a 'must-do'. After 3 and half hour bus ride through villages, factories and rice fields, we arrived in Halong Bay to board our junk for the overnight stay. We visited the 'amazing' cave. One of many. It was a spectacular hike up through the cool interior. It is lit so we took a few photos, but like many grand visuals - a camera never quite captures...

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