Drinking in the bay December 28th 2009 With Jez gone, it was time to leave Hanoi on my own, so I booked onto a trip to nearby Halong Bay, famed for its spectacular grottos and dramatic rocky islands. Dozens of travel agencies in Hanoi book 2 or 3 day cruises, so I opted for a 3 day cruise where I'd spend 1 night on the boat and 1 on Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the bay and partly covered by the Cat Ba National Park.
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
I work as a town planner in London, and have always enjoyed travelling. I also love photography, and in June 2009 I decided to take a year off work to travel the globe. This blog recounts that trip.
I left London on the 14th June 2009. My trip divided roughly into four legs. The first is in Africa, from Kenya to South Africa, starting in June and finishing at the end of September. I then flew to Mumbai, for a three month trip through Central Asia taking in India, Nepal and Tibet. Next up was Southeast Asia, where I travelled through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, arriving in Sin... full info