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Jan 20, 2007 - Halong Bay

This morning we left Hanoi for the 3 hour drive to Halong Bay, then we boarded a boat and set off the see the sight on the impressive limestone karst islands of which 3,000 dot the area. It is such a pity that the weather is so overcast and cold, I just could not get warm today. We also visited some huge caves before anchoring up for the night in the middle of these towering formations. Some of the braver folk on the boat went in for a swim or to kayak, I just couldn't face it so I stayed dry on board. We finished the night with some beers...

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My World Odyssey

Dec 21, 2006 - Cat Ba Island

We cruise on our heap of junk junk to Cat Ba Island where we biked and played on a beautiful beach all on our own. The tour was definately improving !.....we visited an a secret Viet Minh Army hospital built into a cave on the Island. It was fantastic..we were shown around by an old Viet Minh soldier who had worked in the hospital and he sang us a patriotic song and showed us around, insisting that we line up like soldiers to listen to him. The hospital had housed important North Vietnamese Government members during the war. Back to Hanoi...

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Nov 26, 2006 - Ha Long Bay

So as I said I am signed on to an official tour, on the basis that this is the most practical way of doing all the things I want to do, with the added bonus of the social angle. Interesting bunch, like me nearer retirement than gap year: Swedish couple, Norwegian couple (she big into World of Warcraft, has her own all-female guild), Russian couple living in California (Vladimir is an engineer, Marina a Child Psychiatrist), a young Aussie couple (the last four probably who I spend most time with); two Austrian girls living in London, a...

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May 1, 2006 - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island

The day started with a 2 1/2 hour drive to Hai Phong where we boarded a public ferry to Cat Ba Island. It was really busy as it is May week - a big public holiday in Vietnam so many locals are going on holidays! The ferry ride wasn't very enjoyable as it was really hot and crowded and towards the end the water got quite a swell on it - the Vietnamese arent very good travellers so loads of them were being sick. I get nauseous quite easily so didnt feel too good myself so was very grateful when we arrived at the island after about a 3 hour...

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Apr 10, 2006 - Ha Long Bay

We went out in a really nice junk/houseboat with three stories, sundeck, dining room and berths. There were about 12 people not including crew and we sailed out. It was just gorgeous the whole time, navigating casually through these behemoths of jutting island cliffs. First stop was a cave, which was in my limited caving experiences (4-5 in America) a really nice one. there were really interesting formations, and the whole thing felt like a pirate's hideout for ill gotten treasure. It was immense in scope, with ceilings up to 70 feet high...

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Bear overseas

Apr 3, 2006 - Halong Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful, scenic areas of our entire trip. Due to overcast conditions our pictures do not do justice to the area. We purchased some post cards that we will try and get scanned so you can truly enjoy the beauty of this UNESCO world hertigage site. The bay itself is populated with over 3,000 small islands. I do not know how it was formed but just imagine 3,000 of Yosemite's Half Dome dropped in the center of a bay (all of different sizes and at different stages of erosion). The islands are primarily all shear...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Halong Bay, Vietnam -- Islands Lurking in the Mist

Halong Bay - Islands Lurking in the Mist After shopping around Hanoi to try to find a tour operator we could trust, we eventually settled on one and got ourselves booked for a two-night/three-day excursion to Halong Bay. The tour took us from Hanoi to Halong Bay City where we boarded a traditional Vietnamese junk for our first day and night. Just over twenty tourists were on board. Originally, we were looking for a small tour and were told there would be a maximum of fourteen people on this one. However, we were lied to, again, but somehow...

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Nov 25, 2005 - Halong Bay Trip

Well here we are in beautiful Halong Bay...definitely a highlight of the trip so far! We spent 3 days relaxing on a private boat cruise through the lime karsts. It was glorious! On the second day, we set of in kayaks to beaches, through caves and out onto the open water where we watched the sun set! Stunning! Hope you enjoy a snapshot of our lovely holiday. NOTES TO ALL: Happy belated birthday in November to...Mum Edna, Magic Paul McWilliams and Brian Wells...the big 40! Hope you enjoyed Manitoba Dad (Don);Ronnie & Edna are hoping that you...

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Nov 12, 2005 - Cat Ba Island

No lie in ... no way ... we were to be ready by 7:30am as we sailed into Cat Ba Island. Halong Bay used to be the main fishing village in the area but has now been taken over by tourism. Cat Ba, the largest island around Halong Bay, is now the main fishing village and Cat Ba Town is fast growing to cater for the tourist industry. Half of Cat Ba is a National Park containing forests, fresh water swamps, mangroves, coral reefs, lakes and caves. After breakfast, (where I tried Pho Bo - which is a plain beef rice noodle soup - traditional...

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MacsMLCTour2005-2006

Aug 30, 2005 - ON THE SEA!!

We went on a trip to Halong Bay, these trips are the main attraction to this place. We took a bus journey (about 4hrs) to the actual bay where we got on our boat that we were about to spend the night on. Our tour guide was very detailded. He would be like: "we are now driving" and "we have just arrived" and then he'll open the door to let us out, but before he did that he'd be like, "you can hop out now"!! it was so funny!! Everyone was like "YOU THINK?!!" The boat was in port with a couple of hundred other boats!! We had to wait for a...

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HOMELESS

Apr 15, 2005 - Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

We all ate breakfast together and had great conversations on the top deck as we cruised by the coast of Cat Ba Island, the largest Island in Northern Vietnam. Here there was equally terrific scenery but less pleasant weather. On the way back to Halong Bay we went through Lan Ha Bay which islands seemed smaller and more clustered together which meant they stood out when close up. We arrived back at Halong City and had an early lucnh in a hotel restaurant overlooking the bay. This was our last look out to sea before heading back to Hanoi....

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Feb 25, 2005 - Halong Bay

Kevin: After a 3.5 hour bus ride from Hanoi, we started our tour of the islet-filled bay today at noon. Nice boat, great views, and a good-sized cabin with private bath and hot water. Lunch was great, dish after dish of Vietnamese food served family style. We met another American couple, Mika and Bill, who are in their 10th and final month of travelling around the world. It was nice to talk to them, since we haven't really met many American couples doing what we are doing. It was fun to compare itineraries, & it turns out that Bill was a...

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