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Sep 6, 2012 - Xingang...big toy's for the boys

Well after 36 hours out of Shanghai heading for Zinging which is the main port for Beijing we ran into very heavy fog and they closed the port with us only 20 k's away for the next 4 days we waited and waited. The highlight of the wait was the very,very large Jelly fish i swear that they where 4 ft across and their was 100's of then at 10p.m on the4Th. night we where allowed to entry the port and to dock. In the morning was every real mans dream toy a bloody great big man truck with a 150 ft. trailer with 244 wheels on it like the faithful...

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Aug 11, 2012 - Haiphong Vietnam

Hi i only have small period before the boat leaves tonight so i main sending photos the first ones are unloading in Singapore then in the national park in North Vietnam, When i first hop on the boat in Singapore i was just in time to see then unload 3 -120 ft ,130 ton super boats and then for the next 2 days they where unloading steel, After leaving Singapore it was 2546 ks to the Haiphong roads in Vietnam where the boat is to large to go in to the docks so we unload into barges out in the national park The trip from Singapore to Vietnam...

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Feb 10, 2008 - Leaving Hanoi Tommorow for Halong Bay

Wow Hanoi has been fantastic, since we arrived I've found it to be very welcoming and quite friendly even more so than Thailand. Although I did leave Thailand somewhat bitter because of our last hotel taking advantage of us and a cab driver who would rather sit on his ass (hotel cab) attempt to rip us off then watch us walk and make nothing then give us a fair price. The walk was nice anyways. I also find it cleaner with less pollution. Ok back to Vietnam, we arrived on the very day Tet started and it was crazy busy and we were able to...

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May 8, 2007 - Halong Bay

Yup....we had a really busy day. Since we could not check into our room when we arrived we did the dine & dash at breakfast and then almost lost it while staring at Uncle Ho. Once we were done all that it was still only 8:30 am....& that's when we met Micheal. Now when we left the hotel we were in a bit of a hurry as one typically is after a dine & dash...we forgot to take a card from the hotel...and we had turned in our voucher at 4 in the morning....so we were outside Uncle Ho's house...but did not know how to get back to ours. No real...

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FATH WORLD TOUR!

Mar 9, 2007 - Hanoi - ha long bay

三月九日,一早七点起来,到楼下结帐等车,这才发现老板会说中文,家里的猫猫老成乖巧。 七点四十一辆很新的全顺福特过来接我们,然后一路穿街走巷把十三人接满。 三个小时后到了码头,从不同公司的巴士中涌出大量的观光客。亚洲客人中以韩国人居多。 我们的船是三星的,等到最后的十三个客人后,出发! 海龙湾,要说有多惊叹,说不上。不过能放到货币背面的景点,还是去吧。 中间停到一个钟乳石洞,被法国人命名为惊喜,当然在中国人眼里就是小菜一碟了。只是他们并没有在石头上放上各种像形的名字和色彩各异的彩灯,已经让我感谢天地了。 之后是一个小时的kayaking,消耗体力的活动,贴近碧绿水面,仰看群山和雄鹰啄鱼的舒畅,换来湿透裤子和手臂酸痛。 回到船上,洗洗。 晚餐很丰富,相比中饭而言,吃饱了。饭后服务小姐开始推销珍珠手饰和刺绣给欧洲游客,手法实在不可恭维,这穷则思变也要悠着点啊。 聊天,早早睡下,柴油发动机的马达声音一夜相伴。

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Mar 4, 2007 - Cat Ba Island & Hai Phong

Lucy, you know I love you I really do, and I think we both know that I would have been beaten up on many an occasion in The Feathers, Chicagos and in fact Lloyds, had it not been for your intervention, but since leaving you for pastures new, it would seem that I am having a great deal more fun without you: Cat Ba Island Following the hit and run of the toddler, who by the way came away from the whole ordeal fairly unscathed (although I'm hoping, a lot wiser), these blokes asked me if I would like to join them for a drink, after seeing me...

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Girls on Tour!!

Jan 20, 2007 - Halong Bay...Unesco world heritage site

Dien was waiting for us again in Hanoi and had the mini-bus ready to take us to Halong Bay. This is an amazing area with hundreds of limestone islands jutting out of the sea. It is a 3 hour drive from Hanoi which was a bit of an ordeal but it was definately worth it. We transferred to a wooden chinese boat with a staff of four. We thought we would be part of a group but the whole boat was just for us. It was magical to cruise around between these towering limestone cliffs with sea eagles soaring overhead. The crew were fantastic and looked...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Jan 16, 2007 - En Route To Halong Bay

Next morning I, and friends yet known, congregate in the breakfast room, awaiting the Halong Bay shuttle. Because I booked a tour, I get breakfast this morning. My choices are baguette with butter, baguette with butter and jam, baguette with jam and cheese, baguette with tomato and fried egg, and baguette with omelet. I opt for omelet. Over comes a fried egg and hardened baguette. I later find out that friends have stayed here a week and order the omelet every morn in hopes that the issue will be resolved. It never is...fried egg everyday....

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SOUTHEAST ASIA 2007

Dec 20, 2006 - Halong Bay Tour

Early start for the three hour bus ride to Halong Bay. We are on a group tour with a bunch of 9 other tourists who are a really mixed bunch of people. In Halong Bay we got onto a really tired old junk crewed by a group of tired and surly vietnamese boys who'd obviously just been doing the job for too long. We anchored amongst the islands, which were very beautiful, and went kayaking. I guess we are just rather spoiled and anchoring in a bay rafted up with other boats is just not our thing ! It doesn't sound good and I don't mean to be...

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Nov 2, 2006 - 3 days in Halong bay

After a 3 hour bus ride and the 9 hour train from sapa it was heaven to be able to get on the Boat and start to settle in to the biggest lunch you can imagine. After we let our stomach settle, we were taken to a faily big cave with hundreds of different limestone formations. As we tried to wedge ourselves inbetween about 40 other boats we were able to watch the the sun slowaly starting its desent before iIdashed onto the beach which had the nicest warmest water you could possibly think of. After parking in a with 61 floating neighbours we...

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Jun 14, 2006 - Magnificent Halong Bay, Vietnam

From Hanoi we took a scenic 4 hour minibus ride, heading north through the countryside to Halong Bay. The view on both sides of the road the entire way was of brilliant green rice paddies scattered with hard-working people in traditional straw hats and water buffalos. Like the spectacle of the scooters in Hanoi, this slice of the Vietnamese life is mind-boggling and difficult to describe in words. As usual, I took a lot of photos, so you will have to check them out to get a real feel for it. Halong Bay is truly magnificent. Our tour book...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Beautiful Halong Bay

Halong Bay is magnificent with over 3,000 limestone islands dotting the landscape of the emerald colored waters. It was just as we imagined from all we have seen in books and postcards. We were cruising on board one of the dragon sailboats, enjoying the amazing scenery from the boat's deck. We felt like we were in the middle of the scene from Pirates of the Caribbean due to the mist rolling through the many islands. Along the journey, we stopped to visit one of thenatural limestone caves. This cave reminded us a lot of the Divaca...

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