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Feb 16, 2015 - Monday: Cat Ba Island and Beyond

Good Morning again, Vietnam! We rose at 6:30 a.m. finding sleeping on our vessel much to our liking compared to the train of a day ago. With a full nine hours sleep, we feel wonderful, ready for a full day of adventure. Are you up for this? We are! We begin straight out of bed doing tai chi on the top deck of our boat. For my friend and family members who have been to A.R.E. camp, these "exercises called tai chi" are almost exactly like those of camp. They include "cleaning the barrel, arm exercises, forward bends, and end with massages. ...

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Dec 19, 2013 - Cat Ba Island/Hanoi/Hoi An

Settled in for 8 days on Cat Ba of walking, boating and kayaking amongst the limestone karsts at Ha Long Bay, hired a motor bike for a day riding around the whole island, more walking, eating amazing food and drinking Bei Hoi, a local draft beer which costs $1.50 for 2 litres. It’s been wonderful. On the island there is a guided tour on which a bus takes you to the National Park, you then climb 3 very steep mountains (12km, about 4 hours) and walk into a little village to have lunch. It’s then a further 5km walk to the harbour to catch a...

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Mar 23, 2012 - Motorbike Tour around Cat Ba

- Woke up to horrible loud construction noises from the building going on right outside our hotel room window. It's a terrible noise to wake up to at 6:30 am- the sound of jackhammers and metal grinding and workers screaming in Vietnamese. - Also woke up pretty sore from climbing yesterday- my forearms feel it the most, and also have some bruises on my legs. Also was lucky enough to get bit up all over my ankles and legs by the sandflies at the beach we climbed at. Yayy. - Met at Le Pont hotel at 7:45 am but they were running a bit behind...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Climbing on Cat Ba

Today was so much fun! We walked over to the Slo Pony Office where we got picked up by a minivan and went to a small harbor. We went on the Slo Pony boat about 30 minutes into the bay until we got to a place called Moody Beach. We hopped off the boat onto a smaller boat and got dropped off at Moody Beach. It was me, Tamar, a guy from Australia and three guides. The main Slo Pony climbing guide was Niko (who looked and sounded exactly like Michael Cera). Niko and one of the other climbing guides set up three climbs on the rock walls at the...

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Mar 21, 2012 - Cat Ba Boat Trip

- Went on the boat tour around the harbors today which was pretty cool, but it was unfortunate that the weather was not ideal. The bay must look absolutely spectacular when the sun is out because the water is a turquoise color and there are thousands of limestone karsts (small island looking things) jutting out of the water. Unfortunately it was very foggy during the trip and the colors were really muted. Everything just looked some shade of gray. At a couple points we could see a bright blue color in the water, and that's how I know it's...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

3.19.12- Hanoi - Not a very eventful day - Woke up late and had breakfast at the hostel - Walked around the city for a little bit with Tamar (who got in this morning from Sapa) - Had lunch at a good local place = Went to a few different bookstores looking for reading books since I'm done with everything I wanted to read on the Kindle. Bought a James Patterson mystery book (9th Confession) even though it was a little more than I wanted to spend. - Relaxed in the room until the evening and then went out for dinner to the same place that...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Adventure Ecotour in Halong Bay

"Majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious: words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay." That's how my guidebook describes Halong Bay. That's a tough claim to live up to, but it did. There are about 2,000 islands in the bay. Most of them rise out of the sea with sheer cliffs of 100' or more. I try to visit as many World Heritage sites as I can. It's easy to see why this is one of them. I decided to be "normal" tourist for a few days (or as normal as I get). So, I booked an "Adventure Ecotour" to Halong...

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Apr 25, 2011 - Over night to Halong Bay

Now I've seen it all - a motorbike with the driver txting and having two passengers. An early start to Halong Bay on a pretty packed 22 seater bus, there was an Aussie family, a few french, some people from Denmark and another couple that we think were mybe Swiss, but we arent 100% sure. Nothing can prepare you of the magnificance of Halong Bay. The legand says the dragon helped the Vietnamese people fight their enemies. The dragon liked it so much there he decided to stay and him and many other dragons decended into the ocean. This is what...

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Feb 8, 2011 - A Wonder of the Natural World, My Friend

Halong Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world, so armed with a rented sea kayak and a borrowed map to the liquid labyrinth we paddled for four hours out into the open sea. Exploring the beautiful limestone karsts (the bay is dotted with thousands of islands) and taking the occasional break on a deserted sandy beach was a perfect combination of adventure and sloth and a highlight of our trip so far. (Just in time too, the next day the pre-monsoon weather rolled in.) It was glorious and a bargain for $12. A seafood noodle soup rounded...

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Nov 24, 2010 - Chilling on Cat Ba Island !

After all the stress of getting to Cat Ba island, Marianne and I decided to take it easy the first morning and just catch up on mails and organise some practical things in the harbour. Feeling more energetic in the afternoon, we hired some bicycles and cycled some of the streets and hills around Cat Ba town and along the south coast. It should have been a picturesque trip but we discovered that the bays just out of town have been damned so that the local authorities can construct a massive holiday complex in the future. A shame given that...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Cat Ba island

ahhh our first day of proper relaxing... bliss. After a lazy morning we left Sunflower 2 and went in search for another guesthouse in the island. It was only a short walk down to the harbour and we were greeted by a gorgeous open harbour where fishing boats rested on the water. The people of Cat ba have done an impressive job in landscaping the sea front with quirky trees and hedges shaped like turtles and other marine life. The promenade is sparkling clean along with the roads and streets. Traffic is so minimal its only worth mentioning...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

We started early by a bus picking us up from Real Darling Cafe (our guesthouse) at 8am. The bus was pretty full already so we had to take seats on the back row. The journey took 3.5 hours and we spent the whole way like Churchill the nodding dog as it was so bumpy. We had planned to snooze on the journey but due to roller coaster conditions didn't manage to catch any winks. Joss was trying to read but could barely focus on the words. We were happy to arrive at Halong City harbour and board a wooden pirate ship with a large mast on the top...

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