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Mar 2, 2006 - Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island

Halong bay is one of Northern Vietnam's most visited attractions and thus there are a million and one people trying to sell you a tour! It does get a tad frusting at times but Northern Vietnam has only been opened to tourists for the last 12 years or something silly so they are really really keen...should we say. From past experience we prefer where possible to do things independently and thus decided to go at it alone. This isn't always easy to do in SE Asia as the govn controls a lot of the tourist things and often makes the price of...

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Feb 16, 2006 - Halong Bay

Halong Bay, VietNam We pushed off from Hanoi towards the coast for Halong Bay, one of the premier natural sights in VietNam. More than 3000 sheer limestone edifices jut out of the emerald blue sea. Legend has it that these islets were created by a dragon as he plunged into the Gulf of Tonkin, and indeed the name "Halong" means descending dragon. Speckled amongst the islets are towering cliffs, hidden caves, and cozy beaches, all calling out to be explored. Our overnight boat trip through the rocks and islands had a stop at one of the...

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Nov 22, 2005 - The Great Purvis Adventure - Chapter 7

The Great Purvis Epic - Chapter 7 (Vietnam, Halong Bay) 2005 November 25 Xin Chao (Sin Jaow) Vietnamese Hello A side trip to Halong Bay from Hanoi was a major hit. We bussed to Halong Bay, then boarded a junket boat and headed out into the ocean with karst mountains rising majestically from the water. The scenery was beautiful, mixed with glimpses of the ocean-living of tiny floating villages; houses, schools and the store. Our trip included a couple hikes to large limestone caverns on one island, of course with a good douse of local...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Halong Bay

Hello (pronounced "sin chow" in Vietnamese)! I finally hooked up with a tour leader, Pankaj, and a lovely couple from Hamilton, New Zealand- Angela and Chris. Pankaj is from Nepal, and speaks 4 languages fluently. We are lucky to have a private guide, so knowledgeable about Vietnamese culture, history, and sites. He handles our floods of questions from: "What's that?" To the finer points of modern Vietnamese embracing modernity while preserving traditional culture. It's amazing, and loads of fun to explore like this... He books the private...

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May 26, 2005 - Vietnam - Halong Bay

Xin chao! We've just come back from three lovely days in Halong Bay. It's such an amazing place that not even photos makes justice to it this time. You'll just have to believe us when we say that it is a big paradise on earth. Our first night was on the boat itself and it was actually difficult to leave the deck to have dinner or to go to bed, because the sunset was breathtaking, not to mention the full moon!!! We spent our second day in Cat Ba Island and national park. Cat Ba is the only populated island of the 3000 islands one can find in...

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RTW 2005

May 9, 2005 - J: Halong Bay

After a full-day bus journey through the Lao countryside, we entered the fast-paced world of Viet Nam. Whereas the villages of Laos were filled with homes on stilts, constructed of woven bark mats or wood plank walls and thatched or tin roofs, the homes of Viet Nam are tall, narrow (probably 2 meters wide and 100 meters deep) colorful multi-storey homes with balconies and large 4-panelled French doors at the entrance. Viet Nam is most certainly a wealthier country than Laos, no doubt attributable (in the countryside) to the number of rice...

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Skipping Stones

Apr 14, 2005 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

Today we managed to get up in time for the start of our organised 2 day trip around Halong Bay; famed to be Vietnam's if not the world's best limestone formation jutting out of the sea. Our group was a relatively small one of 12 people: us, a family of Aussies, a Swedish couple, a Belgium couple and a French Couple. Definitely a good group, and although multicultural, we gelled by the end. It took under 3 hours to reach Halong City and its harbour. The Harbour was filled with these large wooden Chinese originating Junk boats, of which ours...

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Apr 11, 2005 - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

We spent a good half a day checking out different tour agencies that were recommended by the Lonely Planet before booking with a recommended Sinh Cafe (the real one... thanks for the tips Patty!) for a 2 days/1 night boat excursion out to view the scenic islands and limestone formations in Ha Long Bay and a short stop to Cat Ba Island. This was an awesome way to end my journey. It was a nice, warm hazy day with a small group of 16 people. The first day we took a 4 hour bus ride from Hanoi to Ha Long City and then boarded the boat. We had a...

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Apr 10, 2005 - Halong Bay - unbelievable!

So, after a 6:30am wake up call, I was ready to get on the bus at 7:30am to travel for four hours out to the Bay. Needless to say, this was not the highlight of my day. We stopped breifly along the way to grab a bite to eat but basically we just drove straight. The driving was absolute frightening - we drove on the wrong side of the road, almost ran over a couple of motorbikes, honked the horn non-stop as though to alert the entire countryside of our presence. We had lunch in Halong City which was really good - the food here is amazing,...

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Feb 21, 2005 - Hanoi/Vietnam

Hello Well, here we are in Hanoi.............we did go back to Ha LOng Bay for a 1 day tour of the Caves and we're very Glad that we did! It's VERY COLD here in Hanoi and not much better in Ha Long Bay, but we started out at 8:45am yesterday (actually we started out at 7am, but the tour comapany was running VERY LATE!!). After they rounded up all of the tourists from various hotels, via motorbike, walking, taxi or anyway they could, we started our 3 1/2 hrs ride to Ha Long Bay. This older woman, from New York, we found out later, was JUST...

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Nov 26, 2004 - Ha Long Bay

Vanuit Hanoi hebben we een 3 daagse tocht geboekt. De afgelopen dagen hebben we doorgebracht in Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay ligt op ongeveer 3 uur rijden vanaf Hanoi en is een zelfde soort (karst) gebergte als dat we reeds hebben gezien in Yangshuo, maar ligt midden in de zee. Vanaf Ha Long vertrokken we per boot naar het gebergte, waar we eerst een grot bezochten. De grot (net zoals het gehele gebied) is door Unesco opgenomen op de "world heritage list" en was echt schitterend. Na het bezoek aan de grot hadden we de rest van de middag de tijd...

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