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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh January 29th 2013

Halong Bay Waking up to rain pitter patting on the wooden window sills is calming, looking out of the boat window we can see other boats in the bay and its very misty and grey. This gives Halong Bay an eerie feel almost mystical. We have an early breakfast of bacon eggs and toast with freshly made watermelon or peach juice then get on to our tender which takes us to a floating island. We then board a junk and are paddled under an arch way to an inner lake and its there we see the rock monkeys. Throwing cut up banana to them they scampered down the rocks at amazing speed to collect their free breakfast. We then returned for morning coffee and relaxed as the boat made its way out of the bay and ... read more
Entering the inner lake
Monkey
Fishing on Halong Bay

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay January 26th 2013

Days 135-137 (Sun 20th Jan – Tues 22ndJan) Ha Long Bay cruise After an early night in preparation for my cruise I woke up at 7am. I got my free breakfast in the hostel of omelette and toast, I waited for my pick up. Got picked up around 8am, we went around town picking up a few more people and we headed off from Hanoi around 9am. Everyone was keeping themselves to themselves first thing so I put my earphones in and listened to some music. We stopped half way there at a factory where all the staff are disabled in some form, the factory making all sorts of items, from paintings, kitchenware, pottery and such. The goods were very impressive but I am never hugely keen when tours drop by these sorts of places to ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 22nd 2013

Hanoi – letzte Station Von der Insel Cat Ba ging es wieder zurück in die Hauptstadt Hanoi am Ufer des roten Flusses. Letztendlich haben wir auch die finale Tour mit einem der Local - Busse überstanden, nicht ohne noch einmal ein paar Nerven im Bus gelassen zu haben. Eigentlich sind wir gar nicht so traurig, dass wir bald wieder in Deutschland sind und mit geregelten Verkehrsverhältnissen auskommen müssen. In Hanoi hatten wir schon einen kurzen Zwischenstopp. Jetzt haben wir noch einmal 2 Tage Zeit, um uns in Hanoi noch etwas ausführlicher um zuschauen. Hanoi hat ein recht anschauliches und lebendiges Altstadtviertel, das direkt an das französische Viertel grenzt. Das französische Viertel mit seinen breiten Boulevards und den großen Kolonialvillen schafft mit einer ansprechenden Mischung aus europäischer und asiatischer Architektur ein entsprechend angenehmes Ambie... read more
Sven in der Chinamann - Strasse
Onkel Ho´s Mausoleum
neogotische St. Josef Kathedrale in Hanoi

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 19th 2013

Cat Ba - Trekking Revier Auf unseren Weg in den Norden hatten wir noch einen kleinen Zwischenstopp in der Hauptstadt Hanoi, von wo wir letztendlich auch wieder nach Deutschland zurück fliegen werden. Dazu aber im nächsten Blog noch mehr. Was man auf jeden Fall bei einer Reise in Vietnams Norden gesehen haben sollte, ist die bei vielen von Filmen und Bildern bekannte Halong Bucht. Da wir bei unseren letzten Stopps um schnelles Weiterkommen bemüht waren, haben wir nochmal 4 Tage Zeit, um die größte der vielen kleinen Inseln in der Halong Bucht, nämlich Cat Ba zu erkunden. Nach knapp 5h von Hanoi aus mit diversen Bussen und Fähre sind wir in einer traumhaft gelegenen Bucht in Cat Ba Stadt angekommen. Von unserem Hotel, welches in erster Reihe direkt an der See Promenade liegt, haben wir einen ... read more
Cat Ba City bei Nacht
einsame Strände und leere Ferien Resorts
harte Biker

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 15th 2013

In den Norden – über Dong Hoi und Ninh Binh nach Hanoi Der Weg von Hoi An in Richtung Hauptstadt ist lang und die Gegenden bis dorthin sind nicht gerade von vielen Attraktionen überschüttet. Trotzdem haben wir uns entschlossen noch zwei kurze Zwischenstopps einzulegen. Unser nächster Stopp ist also Dong Hoi. Für den Weg dahin haben wir uns spontan für den Zug entschieden. Definitiv ist Zug fahren das wohl sicherste Fortbewegungsmittel in Vietnam. In irgend einem Reiseführer habe ich mal gelesen, dass Vietnam in der Weltrangliste der Verkehrstoten ganz weit vorne rangiert. Wenn man wie wir schon ein paar mal am Straßenverkehr teilgenommen hat, wundert einem das irgendwie auch nicht mehr. Nicht nur, dass die vielen Mopeds hier wie wild herum kurven. Die Busfahrer sind scheinbar von genau dem selben Stamm. Sie fahren als ob sie ... read more
Eingang zur Phong Nha Höhle
Fluß durch die Phong Nha Höhle
bunt angestrahlte Höhlen

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast January 6th 2013

I was very fortunate to have my friend Anisa travel all the way from Montana to Hanoi for Christmas. She stayed past when I had to return to Dhaka for work, but we managed to see and do a lot during our travels together. We started with a rough itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi on Christmas. Eat a giant Christmas dinner. Day 2: Recover from jetlag (Anisa had to get used to a 14 hour difference) and eat phở. Day 3: Eat phở and take night train north to Sapa. Day 4: Explore the town of Sapa and see if the locals eat phở. Day 5: Hike the mountains above Sapa and check hill villages for phở. Day 6: Explore local foods in the market and sample varieties of phở in Lao Cai, take night ... read more
Street Food, Hanoi
Nightlife, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Bai Tu Long Bay December 15th 2012

From December 12 through 15, Scott and I cruised through Bai Tu Long Bay, a cleaner and far less touristy section of Halong Bay, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. After doing some research and hearing traveler's stories about how polluted and crowded Halong Bay has become, Scott found out about the Indochina Junk Company, one of the very few companies that host overnight cruises through Bai Tu Long Bay. Though definitely a splurge, we decided that this would be the best way to avoid the crowds and ensure that we'd get the most out of our trip. As soon as our journey began, we knew we had made the right choice. At around 8:00 a.m., we were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi in a comfortable, air-conditioned van, and, after picking up a few ... read more
This rock totally looks like a face, right?
Floating fishing village
Scott and me at the fishing village

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh November 30th 2012

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Oh my god the last 3 days were absolutely amazing! On Thursday morning we got up and were picked up from our hostel at 8.30am, Had a four hour coach journey to Halong Bay with one 20min snack/toilet break. Boarded our boat which looked pretty cool. We then had about half an hour to go to our rooms, have a look around and have a chat to the other people on the boat. We had spoken to a LOT of people before we booked the cruise who had said that they were a bit dissapointed with it as the food wasnt very nice and they were stuck with a load of older people on their boat so it wasnt a lot of fun. However we had the completely opposite experience! It was such a laugh, ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh November 27th 2012

9 November to 15 November 2012 – This was my last trip with the photographer. Although we sometimes had different points of view and disagreements because of our personalities, I would still like to thank my traveling companion for sharing the costs and experiences with me on the long road. From now on, we will go our different ways and meet new people. It’s not easy to say goodbye to someone, but that is the way travel is. Back to the last trip. After spending some time in the mountain region, the photographer and I decided to change the scenery, so we went to the seaside. On this trip we went to four islands (Cô Tô, Ngọc Vừng, Vân Đồn and Cát Bà) and two bays (Hạ Long bay and Bái Tử Long bay). Cô Tô ... read more
Hạ Long bay
Farmers on the rice field on Cô Tô island
Bún tu hài (noodle soup w/ oyster meat)

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay November 19th 2012

So of course when you travel you learn a lot. But on our 3 day 2 night junk tour of Halong Bay I learned quite a bit: 1. Squid fishing is impossible. 2. Americans are backwards in a few things: I can now convert meters to feet much better, I am can figure out Celcius temps when people talk about them, and I have learned to eat with my fork prongs down. 3. The chance of meeting someone from Malta is slim to none. We met a couple from Malta. 4. Halong Bay was formed by dragons. 5. Our travel agent is for real! When we booked this tour I did a lot of research to figure out the best way to book and read a lot of reviews of this travel agent. So I emailed ... read more
Our boat, the Bhaya "Classic 4"
Sara and me on the dining deck
panorama of Ha Long Bay




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