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Mar 31, 2006 - Haiphong Vietnam

After dinner in a soup kitchen with home made beer, which we really like, I took the kids home for a bath and to watch TV, while the others went out for a drink. Ken is on a mission to find cheap beer. Lonely Planet, our very inaccurate bible says you can get draught beer, ("bia hoi" we look for signs saying this everywhere, as there are no signs for it in English), can be got for 15cents a glass. The cheapest we found in Haiphong was 30cents, but then they ran out. Anyway they had a wild time, judging by the photos, drinking and carousing...

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Mar 11, 2006 - First Night at Halong Bay - 2 days, one night

I've arrived downstairs in the lobby a 0630 to make an entry before I head off this morning to Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful water, snorkeling, and overnight boat lodging. Well, I'm back from two days down at Halong Bay, and the only confirmation of activities listed above that I accomplished was overnight boat lodging. Yes, it is a fact, I slept (overnight) on a boat. As you see from the photos it was grey, big time, for my trip. It wasn't cold, actually quite nice, but the greyness didn't...

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Mar 9, 2006 - Hai Phong

After a very relaxing few days, we caught the ferry back to Hai Phong Tuesday afternoon. We only stayed the one night so not much to report really, but what we saw of it seemed to be a pleasant place. It is a major port in Vietnam and as we were approaching the pier, we passed loads of huge freight ships in the harbour. Historical bit: the US heavily mined the harbour in 1972 to cut off Soviet military supplies to the North. As part of the subsequent cease-fire agreement, they cleared all the mines. It took 10 mine-sweepers to complete the...

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Oct 24, 2005 - Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is located about three hours from Hanoi in the South China Sea, and what an amazing place it is. We arrived on our bus and then transfered to our boat, the Bien Ngoc, which we would call home for one night. The boat was just for us, which was awesome. Legend has it that a dragon came through this area years ago and used his tail to create the thousands of islands and rock formations. We left the shore and headed out to see the Hang Sung Sot, which is an amazing cave in the more than 4000 islands located in Halong Bay. The cave...

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Back at home.

Aug 24, 2005 - Ha Long Bay

Got rudely awoken this mornign from the bloke on reception, he knew we were up early to go on this tour to Ha Long Bay, so he decided to call up and say get up I need your room at 630 in the moring the cheeky sod, i just about managed to hold my tongue, as you know I can be a bit moody in the mornings. Lucky for old mouth that I had packed so went to have a shower and they had turned the water off, believe it or not. So went downstairs in a right arse, we went to settle up and suddenly he was adding some fake 10% tax to the bill, they love...

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May 6, 2005 - Halong Bay

From Hanoi Matt and I decided to do a popular over night trip out to Halong Bay. Booking the trip was really confussing because EVERY cafe in the city claims to book tours. We stopped at a few and of course all the prices were different. Not only that, but you have two choices: big group or small group, sleep on boat or in hotel. The cheapest options was a big group sleeping in the hotel. So we chose that. The funny thing is the people who paid for a small group were on the same boat as us - funny how that works. The trip out to Halong Bay...

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Apr 16, 2005 - Halong Bay

Wer back from our three day trip to Halong Bay. It was really good! We met two girls from Ireland (Cork and Longford)and lads from Iceland and Sweden and a couple from Germany. Our first day we went on a boat in the bay and to a Cave, which wasn't far off the Alowee (or however you spell it) Caves at home but the bay was really cool, its got millions of tiny little islands. We took a load of photos but are not sure how they'll turn out cos it was a bit misty. We stopped at a deserted beach to go swimmin but it was freezing, I just stuck my...

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Mar 27, 2005 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

Early checkout of hotel and then go to catch bus to Halong Bay. We have lunch on a boat and then cruise to visit limestone caves and visit the floating village, which is a stack of houseboats people live on, including one which is a school. Then we cruise amongst the hundreds of beautiful rocky islands. The weather closed in and it was quite misty which gave a rather eerie feeling to the atmosphere. Met people from Italy, Germany, New Zealand Canada and of course Australia. Spent the night on the boat, drinking and talking.

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Mar 2, 2005 - Finally riding!!!

This morning we drove from Hai Phong to Ninh Binh and rode our bikes to Hoa Lu and back. The ride was short (25 miles), but through a valley with limestone mountains all around it, through little villages. There were streches of the road, where you could not find a single site indicating that it's 2005, we might have been riding in 1940 or 50, We had lunch and took little paddle boats from a little dock through 3 grottos, saw some mountain goats, it was another amazing day! It's been cloudy and quite chilly, but nothing can take away the...

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Lenah/Vietnam 2005

Feb 28, 2005 - VIETNAM - Halong Bay

We looked forward to our first trip outside of the city in Vietnam... we decided on Halong Bay which is a World Heritage Site and, we heard from many other travellers, spectacular. However, even after we had paid our money we were not sure what to expect after speaking to the Irish guy in Vang Vieng and his Vietnames horror stories. We piled onto the mini-van in Hanoi that would take us to Halong City where we would catch the boat. There were only 11 passengers on our tour...and given that we thought there would be 45 we were pleasantly...

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Feb 26, 2005 - Hai Phong und Halong Bay (dieses Mal bei Sonne!!!)

Unserer Gruppenreise mit Voegele Reisen verabschiedet sich nach einer Nacht Hanoi bereits fuer eine Nacht nach Hai Phong. Mit dem Bus ging es im noch kuehlen Hanoi in den Bus. Obwohl ich die Strecke bereits kannte, war es ein Genuss vorbei an Reisfeldern, auf welchen die Bauern gerade mit ihren Ochsen die Felder bestellten und andererorts die Frauen das Reis setzten. Den Reis anzupflanzen ist eine reine Philosophie - alleine bis das Korn soweit ist, in die Erde gesetzt zu werden, vergehen einige Tage udn dann jedes Korn von Hand anpflanzen....

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Valerie in Asia

Jan 11, 2005 - Halong Bay - rockformations

We were told that Halong Bay (beaches and rock formations, normally a must in the northern part of Vietnam), was not worth seeing during the wintertime, so we only went there on a one-day-trip, which seemed to be reasonable, because the mist made it impossible to comprehend the beauty of the area. So my advice to anyone going to Vietnam is only to see the northern part in the summertime. Anything else is a waste of time.

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