Blogs from Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, Red River Delta, Vietnam, Asia - page 10


Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island October 26th 2007

oh my god what a day! we woke up on time to be ready for our trip but somehow got rushed out the door of our guest house adn in all teh rushing realisd that we had left our passports with recepion. we tried to tell the tour guide on our bus that we had done this but he didn't seem to undersatnd! so we arrived into halong bay to get on our boat which we needed our passports for now i dont care about the boat i just want my passport. anyway we eventually called the guest house to confirm that they still have them which tehy do i'm shitting myself with stress and worry about it but we worked out that we can still do teh trip but just not stay on teh boat ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island October 14th 2007

Ho Chi Minh City After the mayhem of the wedding and the quick few days that followed, relaxing into the beat of Vietnam is taking some time. We're not quite into the rhythm yet (we seem to be finishing breakfast when everyone is turning in for their lunchtime sleep) but we're adjusting. Somewhat. Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City is our stab at luxury. Our digs - the Hotel Majestic - overlooks the Saigon River and resides in the ritzy part of town. Despite our enthusiasm we haven't been immediately enamoured with HCMC, which we've put down to staying in the money zone. Just stepping out of the hotel results in being immediately pounced on and followed by numerous cyclo and moto operators who all but guilt you into their services. We have a lot to learn! ... read more
Hai Phong
Cat Ba Harbour
Hoang Y Restaurant

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island June 21st 2007

An early start, with an open air breakfast overlooking the working harbour. Then we began the long journey back to Hanoi. What with bus then boat then bus it took a while and it was late afternoon when we got back and went off to find a hotel. For dinner we visited a place called Green Tangerine, an old restaurant in a building full of colonial charm where the food is incredible, where West meets East and an explosion of flavours happens. That was a great experience. And where else can you get King Prawns in Mojito sauce? ... read more
...helped by a local beer

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island May 14th 2007

We jumped ship in Cat Ba and found ourselves swamped by motorbike taxi drivers. We told them that we didn't need a bike and that we were going into Cat Ba town by tour bus. They obviously didn't understand because when the guide from the boat eventually turned up as promised with the bus he was threatened by the motorbike taxi blokes that they would beat him up if we went on his bus as we had asked them to take us by bike (30km on a bike with backpacks if!!!) ......that's it from now on we don't talk to anyone!!! We checked into the Hotel that the tour guide had organised for us and even managed to barter the room rate down from $6 to $5. The room was ok, clean and comfy ... read more
Auditions for Hawaii five-o
Auditions for Hawaii five-o (part 2)
Auditions for Hawaii five-o (part 3)

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island March 15th 2007

I think i may be leaving a trail of dust from my upbeat pace across the world!!... more fine particulate matter in the atmosphere is just what we all need!... read more
just to prove i was there

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong » Cat Ba Island August 2nd 2006

7th Aug 2006 Halong Bay Hi everyone. So I had my first travel delay because of a landslide. We were heading down from Sapa in a van to catch the train. luckily we left early 2.5 hours for a 1 hour van ride. A bulldoser had tried to clear a path around it but every one was still getting stuck in the mud and needing to get pulled through. We were delayed for 1:45 minuts. I swear our van driver use to drive a Indy cars. We did a half hour van ride, down a very curvey mountian road at night in 13 min. the train left the station less then 30 seconds after we got on. From Sapa I took a overnight train back to Hanoi, we got in at 5:15am. By 6:00 I was ... read more
Boardwalk -pan
Morning after Typhoon
Cat Ba harbour from my balcony

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