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Feb 25, 2017 - Back to Hanoi

Went on a rowing boat to a fishing village which was great. Luckily a young American lady on our boat was fluent in Vietnamese as her parents were boat people who ended up in New York! She was able to ask the rowing lady lots of questions. Left boat around 11am Bus with mad driergot us back for around 4.05pm. Checked in to La Suite. Pokey room for £56 a night... just because it has a (tiny) balcony. Walked around busy streets. Lots of poor vendors again. Gave 10,000d to a girl pushing a very frail, possibly blind man in a wheelchair who...

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Feb 24, 2017 - Ha long Bay

Not great breakfast. Took photos of wacky mirrors by the lift! Short hike down the road to Handspan office for bus. Around 3.5 hour trip to board the 'Treasure Junk' where we have luxurious 'Suit 302' LOVE IT! SPA bath, steam, fresh flowers, fruit, wine and a balcony on a boat! Opted to do the Kayaking which we thought was a 1 to 1.5 hour 'jolly' but turned out to be a 2.5 hour race/slog! Knackered when we returned to boat! Lovely meal then early night

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Jan 31, 2016 - Not too long in Halong Bay

Halong Bay. Beautiful location with these enchanting island rock rises, about 3000 set in turquoise water. Very lovely. The weather was a bit under the weather, misty rain, damp and chilly, but this made for some mystical scenary. We saw some famous rocks like the kissing chickens. The Border Guard gave us several drive-bys, which we enjoyed. We even got a safety briefing about life jackets... which was encouraging! :) The highlights were some great local music, with a xylophone made of rocks! Talk about Flintstones! And they had a type of...

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Jan 6, 2016 - The remote and rural Catba/Halong Bay and change in plans...

We have one more night at Catba Island, one of hundreds of tiny islands off the eastern side of Vietnam, about an hour across the water from Haiphong. It boasts the most gorgeous views of limestone rock formations in the bay, fresh seafood, tall skinny hotels line the bay, and lots of fishing trips. It's also super remote, and getting here was my low point. We left Hanoi at 7am. We knew we would take a bus and then a speed boat, but since we lost our paperwork stack several countries ago at the airport, I didn't have all my info. Our hotel...

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Apr 6, 2015 - We were sailing along, down Halong Bay....

Halong Bay Today was Halong Bay. It takes 4 hours from Hanoi to get there, its 179km, its 80km/h or 50km/h and it’s like a long drive (say 179km) in peak hour traffic. No one speeds due to the corruption of the traffic police, if you get pulled over you pay the “cash” price offered by the policeman or risk a much greater fine after he has gone over the vehicle looking for defects. There is no recourse, you can’t get the “picture” of you speeding to defend yourself with and the Government is happy with the status quo as it has led to very...

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Jan 30, 2014 - Dia 21. Bahia de Halong

El tren ha llegado a Hanoi! Impresionante. El tren, en algunos tramos, pasa a menos de apenas un metro de distancia de las casas. Y Hanoi pues...no vimos gran cosa pero se vio gris. Pero bueno, pasamos raspando al lado y nos fuimos en guagua hacia la Bahia de Halong. El trayecto en guagua de lo peorcito. Ya podrian haber dejado la calle sin asfaltar porque menudo asfalto le pusieron. Una montanha rusa. Pero los trotes merecieron la pena. En la Bahia de Halong subimos a bordo de un barco privado para el grupo. Comida en el barco mientras...

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Aventura Indochina

Aug 2, 2013 - Halong Bay 2

Ce matin nous allons visiter un village flottant. Cest impressionnant... Commentaire de Sarah leur maison est aussi grande que ma chambre... Malheureusement nous devons retourner au port car il y a un typhon qui se dirige directement sur le Vietnam... Impossible de passer 2 nuits sur le bateau, quel dommage! Nous sommes de retour a Hanoi.

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Vietnam

Aug 1, 2013 - Halong Bay

Bonne fete Sarah! Nous nous rendons a Halong Bay pour une croisiere de 2 nuits. Le bateau accueille 30 passagers et il est tres spacieux. Notre suite est luxueuse, les filles sont enchantees. Le bateau navigue au milieux des iles, c'est magnifique. Nous prenons les kayaks pour nous rendre a une plage... paysage merveilleux. Tres bon repas... En soiree, peche aux calmars. Sarah est la plus chanceuse de nous 4! Tres belle journee.

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Jun 6, 2012 - Halong Bay

Efter et par stille og rolige dage i Hanoi (Vietnams hovedstad), tog vi så på vores første tur. Denne gik til Ha Long bugten som er listet på UNESCOs liste over verdens smukkeste steder. På turen derud betvivlede vi dog om vi nogensinde ville få det at se, da vores chaufør lavede den ene sindssyge overhaling efter den anden. Vi kom dog helskinnet frem og hvilket fantastisk syn. Over to tusinde øer og kalkstens klipper - hvilket flot sceneri. Her stod det så bl.a. på to dages sejltur, grotte besøg, en times kajaktur mellem de smukke...

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Mar 9, 2011 - HaLong Bay

March 9; Unfortunately the internet connection was sporadic so we only saw bits and pieces of the funeral. We did get to see the faces of everyone who spoke and some of the guests. Yvonne texted the highlights which was really nice. In the morning we got to chat with all our kids who were together at Melanie's. Have I mentioned how much I love skype??? We said goodbye to Rachel and Emer. We're going to miss them! Our group has grown to 15 and we have a bunch of new names to remember. We now have some from Denmark, Norway, South Africa an...

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Nov 23, 2010 - Halong Bay

We loved Halong Bay! This is the first time that we completely relaxed on this trip. We stayed overnight on a junk boat and cruised around the bay. We stopped off at a cave and Ben went Kayaking. Ben saw lots of monkeys and also saw the head monkey running around with his big red bollocks swinging around in the breeze. We had sun loungers on the top deck which we made full use of and had an amazing sunset in the evening. This is one place that we would love to go back to again.

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Nov 17, 2010 - From Hanoi to Halong !

Saturday night saw Henrik and I take the night train from Lao Cai back to Hanoi. Unfortunately, we were on the early train which meant we arrived in Hanoi at 4.00am ! Although we could leave our bags at the hotel, we couldn't check in till 9am so we were left to wander the streets until we could find somewhere open where we could sit down. It was an interesting experience seeing Hanoi completely devoid of traffic but I was battling to stay awake and was glad when I could finally sit down for a noodle breakfast at 5.30am. Things livened up...

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