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Apr 19, 2010 - Halong Bay

another weird nighttrain to bring us from hue to hanoi and straight to halong bay...and so cold. would never complain about aircondition, but it was like 10 degrees in this train...brrr!!! our boat ride including lunch started at 11...the weather was terrible...very misty, rainy and cooooold. going from over 30 in hoi an to 18 in halong bay in such a short time...was wearing long clothes plus socks and jacket and still cold! despite the weather, halong bay is absolutely fantastic, took so many pictures...even though they will all kind of...

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Jul 11, 2006 - Halong Bay

This place will definitely go in our top 5 for SE Asia. Really stunning place, but we helped our experience here a lot by splurging to go on a luxury boat. All travellers to this part of the world come to Halong Bay, and there are backpacker boats which get a bit crowded, and then there are the nicer boats which come with an amount of luxuries depending on what you pay. In this place you definitely get what you pay for, but as per usual in Asia, you pay a little more, and you get excellent value. It also helped poor ill Nancy - still got...

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May 2, 2006 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hi alls, We had to spend an unexpected night back in Hanoi as the tour agencies and hotels always seemed to get things mixed up in this city and the Liberation day holiday didn't seem to improve the situation. We then headed off on a boat trip out to Halong Bay, where we spent the night on a nice boat with about 16 other people. A 3 hour drive east of Hanoi, Halong Bay has 3,000 islands rising from the clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. It is another UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of Vietnam's natural marvels....

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Apr 10, 2006 - Halong Bay boat trip

After a 4 hour trip in the minibus we arrived at Halong Bay. The harbout was full of tourists all going out on boats, so it was nice to get on our boat and fight our way out of the harbour! Its not as orderly as most harbours with their oen slot, its more a case of pushing each other out the way! The scenery was fantastic, hundreds of limestone cliffs in the middle of the bay, it reminded me a bit of Southern Thailand. Our boat was fantastic - knocked spots off the Whitsundays! The bottom deck were our cabins - twin share, ensuite! The...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Beautiful Halong Bay - Vietnam

We have just returned from our 2 day one night in Halong Bay and what a truely wonderful experience it was. As you can imagine the photos just don't do it justice a truely magnificent place. As usual we had an early start yesterday, breakfast at 7am and pick up from 7.30 onwards. We booked this trip via our hotel, although we knew we could have probably got it cheaper elsewhere we could't be bothered spending hours going round the hundreds of travel agents, we checked out a few and they were the cheapest we were quoted so went with our...

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Jun 26, 2005 - Halong Bay

Up early to catch the bus to Halong Bay. We decided to do it ourselves rather than take a tour from Hanoi (which is recommended in the Lonely Planet, and we all know by now how reliable that is!). Being over Vietnam, as we were, we didn't have high hopes that our plans would work out. (Talk about set ourselves up!) The bus eventually dropped us at a hotel where all of the "tour" people got out to have lunch. We were the only ones going it alone. The guide pursuaded us to have lunch at his hotel and turned out to be pretty good. Things were...

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May 22, 2005 - Halong Bay

Venturing out of Hanoi we made the 3-hour trip to the Gulf of Tonkin and the gem of Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay. With over three thousand limestone islands rising out of emerald clear waters, Halong Bay is one of South East Asia's natural marvels. To truly experience the mysticism of the bay, we booked a stay on a luxury Vietnamese "Junk Boat," to take in the breathtaking vistas and enjoy a quiet overnight on the ship. The boat, The Dragon's Pearl was surprisingly lavish and the meals and service were delightful. After a wonderful sail...

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May 2, 2005 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

May 2nd Halong Bay, Vietnam Natalya In the evening after the conference dinner and presentations we joined a group of Vietnamese friends for a stroll along the beach. We stopped at a small café on the beach and enjoyed fresh coconut juice served right in the coconut. The air was cool, the sky was filled with stars and we could hear the gentle waves of the bay. I was sitting beside Tam, who taught us a Vietnamese language lesson as part of a workshop earlier. I asked Tam if she was married and we ended up talking about wedding traditions. In...

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Mar 1, 2005 - Ha Long Bay

Today we left Hanoi and went to Ha Long Bay. What a wonderful place! We took a boat to a cave, explored that for a little bit, back to the boat, had lunch and went kayaking in the area, which is surrounded by limestones mountains. No words or pictures will ever do that place justice! We went to a Humanitarian Village in Hai Duong, where they run a vocational center for handicaped individuals. They learn to make jewelry, make clothes and embroidered pictures (incredible work!!!). We all did a little shopping there... From there we stopped by...

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Lenah/Vietnam 2005

Apr 2, 2004 - ha long bay

Took a 2 day trip to Ha Long bay which is about a 3 hour drive from Ha Noi. The weather wasn't looking too great when we set off. Everyone was looking forward to doing a spot of sunbathing on the boat for 2 days so a miserably grey rainy morning wasnt what the doctor ordered. After the obligatory stops at souvineer shops on the way we finally got to board our boat. It was pretty nice, some comfy looking deck chairs and loads of space inside to eat, drink and chill out. The sleeping arrangements were interesting though. Each cabin only had...

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