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Jul 14, 2017 - Laat maar zitten die tempels

Vanmorgen moest iedereen om 6 uur op om op een klein bootje over te stappen om naar een grot te kijken. Er moest ook geklommen worden. Voor mij een goed excuus om niet mee te hoeven en in te haken bij het ontbijt om half tien. Marcel had geen excuus nodig en zag ook af van deze vroege buitenkans. Volgens de rest van de groep hadden we het hoogtepunt van de vakantie gemist, maar gelukkig hebben de foto’s nog. Na het ontbijt aan boord zijn we naar de historische stad Hoa Lu gereden, één van de oude hoofdsteden van Vietnam. Er zijn in de...

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Jul 13, 2017 - Op weg naar Halong Bay

Vanmorgen om kwart over zes op om met de bus naar Ha Long Bay te rijden. De reis duurt 4 uur. Met gemiddeld 50 km per uur moet je de tijd nemen. Het is druk en de wegen zijn niet zo best. Voor dat we de bus instapte heb ik nog snel een wandelstok gekocht. Ik hou de groep nogal op met wandelen en nu ziet iedereen waarom. “Nu ben je officieel een oude man” zei Marcel. Heel fijn. Maar gaat weer over. We rijden richting kust. Onderweg zien we rijstvelden waarop gewerkt wordt. Dat ziet er zwaar uit. Er wordt hier in het noorden twee maal per...

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Feb 15, 2017 - Halong has this been going on?

Halong has this been going on? Feb 13-15, 2017 Don Mot Bat Dau! Literally, “Pick a start” but it’s nonetheless the phrase used in Vietnam to wish one and all Happy Lunar New Year. It is my phrase for the day – my goal is to have 30 phrases in Vietnamese that I can mispronounce with equal authority during our month-long visit to the country. So far so tot. (You could look it up). Drugs are my friend. How else to explain no motion sickness at any point during the past 3 days which have featured 3 hours in a minivan with 8 other people as we...

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Jan 14, 2017 - A beautiful cruise in Halong Bay

On Friday we were scheduled to join a cruise around Halong Bay. When we were planning the trip we weren’t sure whether this was something we wanted to do as we had heard it was extremely touristy but were convinced by Odyssey and having spoken to a few people that, despite that, it was very nice and there was good reason it was so popular. We took ourselves off our high horse and agreed to add it into the itinerary…. We’re glad we did… The journey to the bay was about 3.5hrs from Hanoi with a stop half way along for a coffee…. Although in...

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Apr 6, 2016 - We were sailing along.......

.........on Halong Bay! What a unique and beautiful place, this bay at the top of Vietnam where 1,969 limestone islands rise sharply up out of the emerald green water. This area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site some time in the 1990s. The islands are mostly tree-covered, but often there is a barren vertical face going from the very top, slashing right down into the sea. Apparently there are monkeys, but they are wild and shy so we didn't see any, but we could hear lots of birds. We spent a lovely five hours peacefully gliding on...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Hue to Halong Bay

Our bags were to be outside our doors at 8:00 this morning, but we three were ready by just past 7:00, so we decided to walk to the nearest ATM to get more dong before getting our breakfast. If it's possible, I think it's even more hot and humid today than yesterday! We were dripping wet by the time we got back to the hotel. Dong. Let's talk about how to become a millionaire, or even a multi millionaire. Just book a trip to Vietnam. Two million dong cost me the grand total of $124Cdn + ATM fee. It is very confusing working with one million,...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site

There are many ways to visit the impressive World Heritage site of Halong Bay. We took a day trip out of Hanoi due to time, weather, and financial constraints (especially since we had already done an overnight on a houseboat in India and didn't feel the need to stay on another boat which boasts karaoke among its nighttime entertainments!). We also wanted to spend some time with our new traveling buddies, Kevin and Sarah (from San Francisco and Ohio, respectively), and we all agreed that a day trip together was the way to go. We absolutely...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Ha Long Bay

Beautiful and breathtaking. It is easy to see see why Ha Long Bay is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We watch the sunset from the top deck before diving into the cool water below. We wake up early to kayak through the rocks. I keep smiling to myself. Moments like these are the reason I travel.

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Jan 29, 2016 - Halong Bay Cruise

On Friday morning it was still a bit chilly but at least the rain had stopped. We had to pack up & check out as we were off for our trip to Halong Bay out on the East coast. It is famous for the hundreds of small pinnacle islands scattered around & along the coast. The coach collected us at 8am for the four hour ride to the harbour at Halong Bay where we were to board our boat for the overnight cruise around the bay. We arrived at midday & a very efficient set up saw us on our Chinese junk-like boat, in our cabins & under way within an...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Hanoi - Halong Bay 27/03- 31/03

Hanoi – halong bay. Well here we are in the second main city Hanoi, lovely town, not as crazy as Saigon, we felt it was like its sleepy younger brother, still stuff to do but not as big, we loved it all the same, the Hoan kiem lake was lovely walking around it at night you have people drawing pictures and caricatures of people, lots of dance/palates groups that just form randomly, we stayed in a quiet little place in the backpackers area, not the nicest but was okay for a two nights. Night market at the weekend. This was incredible for us,...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Halong Bay

Sailing north towards the Bay of Tonquin we arrive early morning in the very beautiful Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage site is dotted with over 2000 limestone islands. It was also named one of the World’s new seven natural wonders in 2012. We had booked a trip on a converted fishing junk out to an Island with a fabulous cave called Thien Cung. This huge cave only discovered in the 1970s is filled with incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations all dramatically lit. As we sailed through the islands we saw the local fishing boats...

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Feb 17, 2015 - Tuesday: Halong Caving and Back to Hanoi

Had to get up today at 6:15 to get ready for a 6:30 start to tai chi on the top deck this morning. There is much left to do on this wild and wonderful adventure of Halong Bay. First our exercise, however. Our crow, sadly, does not visit. We miss his cheery "hello" over and over and wonder where he is. After one-half hour of tai chi, it is off to breakfast of soup, beans, taro balls, rice biscuits steamed but raw, coffee and tea. Today, the fog rolls in. We are grateful to have had yesterday's clarity of vision. We will never, ever forget...

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