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Ha Long Bay Vietnam

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A visit to Vietnam is not complete without visiting Ha Long Bay. The locals reckon the ledgend best describes the bay where a dragon spat out thousands of pearls into the ocean to protect their coastline from invaders and confusing them. That just about sums it up. The bay and surrounding bays have over 3000 islands that literally form this incredible maze of mostly uninhabited limestone outcrops. All pretty cool. Matt and Brenton decided to dive in the water from the top of the boat which started a bit of a bomb diving competition. The weather was pretty cool, down to about 12 degrees but didn't seem to bother them. As we were on an "adventure" tour we had to canoe. Convincing Pat to get out of a warm cabin into a twin canoe and paddle for 3 hours with a saturated seat took some doing. The pictures tell the story. The teeth chattering could be heard from the moon. Every now and then a small rain squall would pass over adding to her misery and making it more difficult to keep morale high. We eventually made it back to the mother ship which was smaller than the original and no shower so morale didn't improve too much however we were heading for an oasis. We made it to our overnight digs on Cat Ba island. We're in this nice resort with great showers and massive beds so all is good. Heading up to Northern Vietnam to-night for more trekking yoo hoo. Sapa is said to be beautiful but just checked the weather prediction. 13 degrees. Don't think i'll tell her. Cheers

Posted by mike1967 18:36 Archived in Vietnam Tagged bay long ha Comments (1)

Ha Noi Vietnam

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We arrived in Vietnam after a little bit of stress from the Hong Kong airport because we didn't have an ongoing ticket booked out of Vietnam. We had to sign a form saying that we would buy a ticket if requested in Vietnam before they would allow us to board the plane. On arrival in Vietnam we presented the form when picking up our visa but the guy behind the counter just waved it away. So much panic for nothing.
The trip into Ha Noi took about an hour because of the traffic, we passed no less than three broken down buses.
Hanoi has got to be the most chaotic place we've been in. We're staying in the old quarter of Hanoi with the rest of the tourists but i'd have to say it's the place to be. the place never stops. Seems to be typical of Asia that you can get anything you want within a range of 200 meters from home. I would reckon that most people who live here have lived here all their lives and have probably not travelled more than a few kilometers from home. They seem to be just caught up in surviving and making enough to cover their daily running. You can see the French influence everywhere in the buildings but the best thing is the french bakeries. The Vietnamese are great bakers. We have spent the days just wandering through the parks and streets and dodging traffic but the real highlights have been the accomodation, eats and drinks. We managed to get a couple of connecting hotel rooms with a king, queen and single beds. Of course Patti and I didn't get the King, but the after sharing one room in Hong Kong anything was a bonus. We found a great place to eat and also a great place to drink. We managed to book a couple of tours for the next week or so, firstly off to Halong bay and then off to the mountain region of Sapa for some trekking.

Posted by mike1967 05:26 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

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