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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay May 23rd 2019

An overnight trip through Halong Bay was a highlight of the trip. The pictures will speak for themselves and show the natural beauty of the area. I was also able to visit the Surprising Cave system, one of the biggest in Vietnam (though the biggest cave system in the world is south of here). Absolutely beautiful views, fun fellow passengers, and a cute ship made for an interesting trip.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Phu Tho April 4th 2019

It’s often said you should strive to see “so and so” before you die. Usually by those who have recently been to “so and so” and really want to be acknowledged for their adventurousness in going to “so and so”. In that same spirit then, can I extol the virtues of Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam? Dare I mention it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the natural world? Recognised for its outstanding beauty and its trademark network of limestone karst. Should I outline that not only will we see Halong Bay but, we’ll also experience it by cruising overnight on a specially designed tourist vessel. Journeying deep into the maze of vertical volcanic plugs and rock formations. Perhaps, I’ve said too much already. And when you know Carolyn, and ... read more
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Framed Karst
Wendy & Mark. - cave dwellers?

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast March 14th 2019

After a couple of days in central Vietnam, I took a night bus from Phong Nha to Hanoi. This would be the base of my travels in Northern Vietnam : Ha Giang and Castaways. I arrived there on Tuesday, March 5th, at 4:30AM and I shared a grab with Kurtis from Australia and with another guy to my hostel, VBH. Fortunately they always have some nice comfortable sofas somewhere and so I got another couple of hours of sleep. When I got up I didn’t want to just spend the day in the hostel and so I decided to join the free walking tour of my hostel from 10AM to 1PM. It was nice to get to know the Old Quarter of Hanoi, but the tour wasn’t great. We didn’t get any explanations and just walked ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast March 14th 2019

Nach ein paar Tagen im Zentrum von Vietnam habe ich einen Nachtbus von Phong Nha nach Hanoi genommen, von wo aus ich dann meine letzten Touren im Norden von Vietnam machen würde : den Ha Giang loop und Castaways. Ich bin Dienstag den 5. März um 4h30 in Hanoi angekommen und habe mir mit Kurtis aus Australien und einem Freund von ihm ein Taxi zu meinem Hostel, dem VBH, geteilt. Zum Glück gibt es in diesem Hostel immer irgendwo bequeme Sofas und so konnte ich dann noch ein paar Stunden schlafen. Als ich dann irgendwann unsanft von den Putzfrauen geweckt wurde entschied ich die Free Walking Tour mitzumachen statt einfach nur im Hostel rum zu gammeln. Die Tour startete um 10h und dauerte 3 Stunden ; sie führte uns durch die Altstadt von Hanoi, war aber ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Bac Kan March 4th 2019

In march 2019, we went with a family on a trip to Vietnam. Our group consisted of me, a spouse, a son of 5 years and my mom. We chose the flight from Moscow to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) by Aeroflot. We decided to make our way from south to north along the coast. The first item was Saigon. We arrived early in the morning, the city greeted us with the stifling and humid air, a crowd of people and a furious movement. However, as in most cities of Southeast Asia. Booked in advance the transfer from the hotel, chose a hotel in the tourist center, close to the main attractions. It was called Brilliant Hotel. The hotel is located in a nondescript side street, among other buildings. Very modest hotel. But we are only at ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 24th 2019

We are now sitting on the S Coast of Thailand, Tubkaak Beach, for our final days. Another amazing Trip! And a great place to celebrate my birthday! A week ago Sunday we flew from Bangkok to Hai phong. Our last night in Bangkok we had the opportunity to have dinner and drinks with Norm and Ellen Batt from Caldwell. They were just starting their 3 week trip of SE Asia. It was great fun to see them. Hai Phong is about 120 kms east of Hanoi and the closest airport to Ha Long Bay. We spent 2 nights on Cat Ba, the largest island in the Ha Long Bay area. We had been told, Ha Long Bay is very busy with all the larger boats so we decided to just hire a fishing boat from our ... read more
Map of Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay
Beautiful Lan Ha Bay
View from our  fishing boat touring Ian Ha Bay

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh January 3rd 2019

Ha Long Bay; 12-19-2018 Halong Bay, Ha Noi Toi thuc day som de nhin thay Ha Long bay tux a va tu tu den gan vi Ha Long Bay rat dac biet, khong co noi nao tren the gioi co Natural resourse huy hoang nhu the nay chinh vi the Tau Cong rat me Ha Long Bay tim du moai cach de an cuop Ha Long Bay. Do la so truong cua Tau cong. Tu xa toi thay nhung hon da nho bay dau lo nho tren mat bien, tiep tuc sau do la nhung dai dao da nho chay dai tren duong vao vinh Ha Long. Cac du khach tren du thuyen cho san de chup hinh va ho rat say me voi phong canh tuyet voi nay. Du thuyen se dock tai Pier mat ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast July 21st 2018

It took me awhile to decide what to do about Halong Bay, since I was half-dreading even approaching a tour agency about embarking on the spectacle. I'd heard some horror stories from other travelers, about seeing hundreds of other boats alongside yours, rats on boats, terrible food, and all manner of bait-and-switch scams. So I splurged and went with a luxury boat that follows a seldom-visited route, embarking from Haiphong and exploring La Han Bay, away from the hordes in Halong Bay. But the typhoon continued, so I didn't soak it up on the sun deck, and I couldn't get any wonderful photos that everyone is there for. I did swim and kayak in the Gulf of Tonkin without incident, though. It was really peaceful - I just tried not to notice all the garbage in ... read more
Fisherman Life
The ship

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay July 6th 2018

One archipelago and one place which isn't but still sort of looks like one There are plenty of interesting places in northern Vietnam worth visiting. We are now going to write about two we went to on this trip, namely Halong Bay and Trang An sometimes known under the name Tam Coc. We start with Halong Bay. Halong Bay We think the name of this place doesn't describe it very well. A better name would be "Halong Archipelago". If you look at a map there is a bay there, so the name it has now isn't wrong, but what you see when you are actually there is a lot of islands and that is an archipelago to us. Halong Bay is a beauty spot and that to enjoy that is what people go there. The islands ... read more
Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 31st 2018

It took us about three hours to get to Cat Ba, an island near Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site. The weather was still grey and cold! We found a nice hotel, the Golden Holiday/An An for about £5 a night with very nice staff and generous breakfast included. We walked around Cat Ba town, where there is not much to do nor to see apart from hotels and restaurants. On the next day, we took a scooter to tour around the island. It was very cold and we added gloves to our next shopping list... We stopped at Cat Ba National Park. We didn't have many expectations but we didn't think we would have to sign up for a 2 hours hike. It was already midday, and we were just planning on a ... read more
View from the top of the ladder hill
Shaun and his pink flowery helmet!
Ha Long Bay From The boat

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