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Mar 15, 2009 - Halong Bay

What a trip. After a 3 hour bus ride, we went aboard a gorgeous boat and after finding our rooms and settling in, we set off and had a lovely seafood lunch (more impressive was linen napkins and a knife- we are used to tissue paper and spoons and forks now). I then took a nap and missed the excitement for the day- marilyn, the 64 yr old nurse from LA fell overboard while trying to take pictures at the front of the boat.. and then Dan (a mid40ish english man), jumped in to save her, while Dan (50 yr old ironman competitor from Vancouver) had...

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Jul 8, 2008 - Halong Bay / Cat Ba Island

Fy fader.... :) De siste dagene har vi kost oss... Siden sist har vi vaert sammen med reiselederen aa mott noen venner fra Vietnam... Det var bare "kjernen" (altsaa de to danske jentene, Thobben og megselv) som var med... Der spiste vi Vietamesist mat av hoyeste rang, det vil si mat vi ikke ante hva var og aldri hadde smakt paa ellers... :) Det var faktisk overraskende godt... :) Liker visst blekksprut oxo jeg... :) Thobben spiser absolutt alt, saa han er ikke aa regne med, men jeg foler meg ganske altetende selv... :) Etter vi var det dro...

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Jun 29, 2008 - Halong Bay excursion

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is basically a body of water with over 2000 islands (most uninhabited mountain-looking structures). The pictures I took are truly breathtaking. I was able to see all of this from the 2 days our group spent on a junk boat. It sounds terrible and scary, but it was actually really nice. The bedrooms were great and the dining room was beautiful. We were served top-notch 6 and 7 course meals on board. I really got daring and tried lots of new things: took apart a whole crab...

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Month in SE Asia

Jun 26, 2008 - a pilgrimage site on the road from Hanoi to Halong bay

On the road from Hanoi to Halong bay, 120 km far from the capital, or 50 km back from Bay Chay, a 14-km road drives to the wonderful site of Yen Tu. The spot is still unknown from foreigners but deserves interest since the trip can even be inserted in short program visits to Vietnam: afternoon when coming from Hanoi, in the morning on the way back from Halong bay. The visitor may climb as high as 1,068 m above sea level and at the same time dive deep in the nation history untill the XIIIth-XIVth centuries. At these times, after defeating...

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Yen Tu buddhist site

Jun 15, 2008 - Halong Bay excursion

What an incredible place to visit - we agreed that it would be an ideal honeymoon destination. The landward part of the bay is becoming industrialized as Vietnam awakens to join the other Asian economic dragons, but the bay itself is quite spectacular. Photos take a while to upload here at the hotel in Hanoi, so I'll post some later if I have time - check out images on Google for an idea of the place. We had a chartered "junk". with maybe four bedrooms on each side on the lower deck, and the meeting/dining area above with views of the...

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May 30, 2008 - Halong Bay

The train from hell pulled into Hanoi at approximately 9:00pm – late, of course. We hadn’t booked our hotel room for the night, and still had to meet up with Reese and Jess to finalize the details for our Halong bay tour. Reese and Jess had gone straight to Hanoi from Hoi An, and we had already agreed that we would take the Halong Bay trip together. We had heard that one’s enjoyment of the trip, to a large degree, depends on the fellow shipmates, so we wanted to make sure that we would take the trip together. Jess had done all the legwork...

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Mar 30, 2008 - Halong Bay

30 March. For the third day in succession, an organized tour. Halong Bay is an archipelago of thousands of limestone islands and it is also a World Heritage site. Because that that my time is running out, I only had time for a daytrip instead of a two or three day’s trip, which is more normal. But I think that I got the general picture of the place anyway. The weather was not the best, misty weather all day. The best I can say is that the mist gave the whole scenery a mystic touch. But I don’t complain, the rain was not far away. Touring...

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Mar 4, 2008 - Halong Bay / Cat Ba Island

We left Halong bay by overnight train about 8pm and arrived in Hanoi about 6am. One thing about early arrival and departures, we are able to see many Vietnamese out exercising - by 7am most are already in the fields or busy at their small shops and sidewalk markets. We left our large bags at a hotel, then boarded a bus for the harbour where we got on our own private boat for a day of cruising on Halong Bay. It is a beautiful area with thousands of rugged islands rising out of the water. The weather was perfect so it was a great day. We even...

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Dec 23, 2007 - Halong Bay

Hi All and Merry Happy Christmas! That is what they say around here. Well, I mentioned that it was a bit of a madhouse on the streets around here, an understatement. Instead of counting sheep to get to sleep, we counted the time between beeping horns it was about 20 second all night long and tonight it is even crazier. You just have to walk in front of traffic (cars, buses, motor bikes and bicycles) and hope for the best. Yesterday we went to Halong Bay and spent the night on a boat with many other boats among the limestone karsts. Carl...

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Nov 11, 2007 - Halong Bay excursion

Day 2 Halong Bay day 1 Date: 12/11/2007 After a first night in Hanoi we took the bus for a 3 hour one way trip to Halong bay. There we got a first impression of the country side and the villages beside the road. The quality of the road was quite good but in terms of traffic rules there is room for improvement. In the bus it was better not sit in the front. In the back you heard only the honking when the driver was chasing another couple of motorcycles of the road. At noon we arrived safely at the pier of Halong city to. Boarding a Junk is...

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