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Mar 15, 2017 - Beautiful Ha Long Bay

Good Morning everyone, in the last 2 days we have seen a very nice cave, been travelling,got mugged off by our driver, had a beautiful sightseeing, met some people. On the day we visited Paradise cave, we got lost. Not in the cave but on the way there. We rent a motorbike -more like a scooter- for 100,000VND plus petrol for 70,000 and we followed the map we got. As we all know -or if not, you do now-, Incant read a map. But believe me when I say, it was a straight road. According to the map, it was one main road we had to follow and...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Ha Long Bay

We left Hanoi early in the morning and headed southeast toward Ha Long Bay, a world heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World. After a four hour trip through rural Vietnam we boarded the 50 passenger Victory Star for an overnight trip on the bay. Ha Long Bay, literally meaning Decending Dragon, is made up of some 1,900 limestone monoliths that are said to resemble the back of a submerged dragon. Although the weather was overcast and occasionally rainy the scenery was spectacular. We landed by tender at a small...

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Mar 12, 2015 - Rice, Rice Baby

This morning we left for a three hour drive to Ha Long Bay. On the drive we saw rice paddies and more rice paddies. Each village has the rice paddies in front and only one road into the village. In the middle of some of the rice paddies was the cemetery. The village is very cohesive, everyone works together. Rice is the economy of Vietnam. Vietnam is the second largest exporter of rice. Most of the work for the rice is atthebeginning and the time of harvesting. The men plow the field twice and then go off to work on the factories. The women...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Halong Bay

We had a boat cruise out into the bay, where there are hundreds of little islands sticking up out of the sea. We went into a huge cave in one island, and also stopped at a beach for swimming. Fantastic day. Later we drive back to Hanoi and then catch the 10pm overnight sleeper train to Hue.

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Vietnam 2014

Oct 14, 2014 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

We had a free morning today and so 5 of us went to the Ethnology museum, about 4km outside of Hanoi. Taxi on the way there was fine as the hotel called it for us. On the way back we had to hail one and fell victim to the notorious scam of the meter being tampered with and so the return journey cost double the outward journey. Even so, it was only £1 each extra so not a big issue. The museum was really interesting, with lots of outdoor full size replicas of the sort of houses that they used to live in, which you could go inside and...

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Mar 6, 2014 - Amazing Ha Long Bay and the end of our Vietnam adventure

This morning we are off to Ha Long Bay, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is also Ellen’s 75th birthday and Gail and I have arranged for one of the fold out cards with every ones wishes as a surprise. Not that we wouldn’t know it was her birthday as she has announced it to everyone. Tuan, our guide, teaches us how to say Happy Birthday in Vietnamese. Our trip today is about 4 hours and we leave under overcast skies and a light drizzle, not the optimal weather to see the area. It is Saturday and the fields are full of farmers...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Ha Long Bay (Hanoi) Vietnam

It was a 3 hour drive to Hanoi from Ha Long Bay where we docked, but the countryside and the city was well worth the drive! The country side is either mountains, lakes or rice fields, all of which make for a beautiful scene. Once in Hanoi, is is all about the markets, temples, and green areas and about 2 million motercycles! This traffic may be worse than Ho Chi Minh City! Crossing the street is always a life threatening adventure-the cycles stop for no one-not even the police! We visited the street markets and found things that grew in the...

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Jan 10, 2013 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

Peaceful Vietnam Morning Ready at 8.30am to a peaceful Vietnam morning for our next adventure! Our bus is taking us to Halong Bay – a 4 hour drive to the coast – for an overnight stay on a boat in the Bay. Halong Bay is a Unesco Heritage Site and is one of the Seven Natural World Wonders. The drive there started with rush hour traffic in Hanoi. Toronto seems like child’s play compared to Hanoi. The roads were bumpy sometimes; lots of industry and construction on the way; lots of towns close together and in between lots of rice paddies....

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Sep 2, 2012 - Ha Long Bay

After having another excellent buffet breakfast at the Asian Ruby, we met our tour guide, Chi, for Ha Long Bay who walked us to our bus. During the four-hour trip, he told us a bit about the history of Hanoi (Hà Nội literally means "between rivers"). After arriving in Ha Long, our tour group went straight to our boat, which had cabins for the passengers on the lower deck, a restaurant on the upper deck, and tables and lounge chairs set up on the roof. We were served a delicious seafood lunch with dragonfruit for dessert, and afterwards...

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Southeast Asia 2012

Apr 26, 2012 - Vietnam - Day 25 - Halong Bay Boat Cruise

We left our hotel at 8:15am and boarded our bus from Poseidon Sails headed towards Halong Bay for our two day, one night cruise. We picked up several other passengers along the way, as we headed out of the city we had 'Duc' our guide for the duration of our tour begin to tell us some history about the three main provinces that make up this North Eastern area and the two largest rivers that flow through them. We saw some great landscape, lots of rice fields, water buffalo's, small towns where the streets are dirty and smelly, lined with...

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Mar 19, 2012 - Navigando nella nebbia

Voglio dimenticare il primo giorno e ricordare solamente l’incredibile bellezza e magia di questa baia, di queste isole calcaree che vengono su improvvisamente dalla nebbia, imponenti e spettacolari, dando vita alla leggenda che vuole che una draghessa avesse deciso di rifugiarsi qui, per partorire, in modo da confondere il proprio corpo con le formazioni della baia. Sarà quest’incredibile nebbia, sarà la suggestione del navigare lento, leggero, tra di loro, ma potrei quasi dire che questa leggenda ha del vero tanta è la meraviglia che si...

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My Big Trip

Jan 5, 2012 - Ha Long Bay

When I was going preliminary research on visiting Vietnam, I came across a photo of Ha Long Bay. That sold me. I had to see the bay. And today would be that day. There has been worldwide discussion on establishing the seven natural wonders of the world. Canada flouted a few things, amongst them the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. They are fine rocks don't get me wrong. I have seen them and walked around them. And then you have to leave quickly because the tide comes in. But they are not in the same league as Ha Long Bay. And if I can...

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South East Asia

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