A long way from beautiful Halong Bay April 26th 2012 Fourteen hours on a bus and I go from mid-point Vietnam in Danang to the Northern capital of Hanoi. But I will leave this city for another time and skip over instead to Cat Ba, the largest island of Halong Bay.
Halong Bay (and Lan Ha Bay which is the same thing just different province) is supposedly one of those "must see wonders" of the world. Legend says the karst mountains, at a distance ap ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island 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'm about to set out on a solo trip to France. No set plans, no set destination, just me and a map. But this time I'm keeping a blog. It's the first time and we'll just have to see how it goes! ... full info