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Apr 10, 2007 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Limestone heaven... We started our three day organised tour through limestone packed Ha Long Bay and slept on the boat. Ha Long City is about three hours from Hanoi and our arrival there got delayed by some misunderstandings and bad organisation from the tour people. They waited at the guesthouse while we had agreed to be picked up at the agency's office. Ha Long Bay is the most visited tourist attraction in Vietnam and 3 million visitors make it in a year; 4 million visit Vietnam. The tourist warf in Ha Long therefore is increadibly...

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Feb 25, 2007 - Halong Bay

After the craziness of Hanoi, we were stoked to escape up to Halong Bay in northern Vietnam. We boarded a Chinese junk shipwith 10 other travelers and our guide, Dek, or "Dick" as Matt and I later renamed him. Halong Bay itself is one of the most amazing places we have seen on our trip - thousands of 200 foot jungle-clad limestone cliffs jut from the ocean into the sky directly out of the water. It's like Krabi in Thailand, but times 100 in terms of number of islands, and with less tourism. The first day we boarded the boat, we sailed into...

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Matt and Jen in Asia

Dec 26, 2006 - Halong Bay

We decided to pay a little more for our trip to Halong Bay and make sure we got a nice boat as we had heard so many nightmare stories of poor quality boats etc. We went with a company called 'Handspan' which conveniently for us were located right across the road from our hotel. We met our group early on St. Stephens Day and were relived to find a lovely collection of similar minded travelers. We had a family from NZ, a couple from US, an Argentine, a Canadian couple and a couple of honeymooners from Belgium. As we have said many times...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Sep 25, 2006 - Ha Long Bay

Ha Long bay is a beautiful area in the Gulf of Tonkin filled with limestone islands. The name means "where the dragon descended into the sea". The story goes that a huge dragon living the mountains entered the sea and as its flailing tail hit the area it carved out the space between the islands. I took a three day tour to see the bay. The first night was spent on the boat, and the second on Cat Ba Island. The highlight of the trip was swimming around the boat by the moonlight and seeing the phosphorescence of the plankton with each stroke....

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Ed in Asia

Jul 25, 2006 - Halong Bay

I decided to do a side trip to Halong Bay and take in some of the beautiful scenery around this area. A two-day/one-night boat trip allowed me to meet a lovely bunch of people, visit some interesting caves and relax, as our traditional junk-style boat sailed between the limestone rock formations. We also had a little time for swimming and kayaking at various spots along the way... best way to enjoy the experience is to do it, otherwise look at my photo's for this part - although they don't really do it justice. It was really enjoyable to...

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Jan 17, 2006 - off the beaten track

For our last four days in North Vietnam we hit the road - an Aussie, an Englishman, 2 Americans (Jeffrey and Brandon) and our Vietnamese guide, Khanh. We were promised a tour off the beaten track through the Red River Delta and past the tourist riddled Halong Bay to peaceful Bai Tu Long Bay. Khanh provided us with all the necessary Vietnamese phrases to ensure the locals burst into laughter whenever we recited them, as well as English words of the day, which were foreign even to us, from his favourite magazine The Economist. He had...

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Dec 28, 2005 - Cruising Ha Long Bay

We just finished our 2-days / 1 night junk boat cruise on Ha Long Bay. The place actually lives up to the hype - it is absolutely beautiful and serene there. As a result, the place is crawling with tourists like us. We were concerned when we saw all the tourists and the overcrowded junk boats crammed into the harbor. Our concern was alleviated about an hour into our cruise. We quickly learned that the Bay is immense! According to our tour guide, there are over 3000 islands on the Bay. Even in the cold, foggy weather, the bay was magical...

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Living It Up...

Nov 11, 2005 - Halong Bay Boat Tour

We had a bright and early start this morning and were at the Kangaroo Cafe for our 8:15am tour. We had to pack what we were taking for the weekend into small bags and leave our backpacks at the Cafe ... Our coach trip to Halong Bay took approximately 4 hours with a 30 min stop along the way at a arts and craft shop! Before boarding the boat we had lunch in Halong ... and what a lunch it was .... the plates of food just kept arriving - soup, prawns, calamari, fish, rice, vege we just ate and ate!! It was a pleasure not having to think about...

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Feb 10, 2005 - la baie d Halong

Ah la baie d Halong!!! meme par mauvais temps c etait tres beau! Bien sur l agence qui nous a vendu le tour nous a mentie sur le programme ( a savoir que nous allions voir 5 grottes, nous n en avons vu q une), mais ca n a pas suffit a nous mettre de mauvaise humeur devant la beaute de la grotte et de la baie d Halong. en plus nous avons rencontre des gens tres sympa, ce qui ne gache rien! Nous voila de retour a Hanoi pour les deux derniers jours au Vietnam. Nous allons en profiter pour errer dans les rues de la capitale et visiter quelques...

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Nov 2, 2004 - Halong Bay

We took a 2 day boat trip out to the bay and it was nothing less than breath taking. Again we were so lucky with the weather and although it was hazy we had no rain and the sea was calm. There are over 1500 limestone karst formations in the bay and in a concentrated area which is both dramatic and mystical. We sailed all day and stopped only to visit an enormous cave discovered by the French in 1904 and to have a swim before dinner. It was overwhelming to be swimming in the cool water whilst watching the brilliant red sun set behind the...

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