Halong Bay October 22nd 2012 Halong Bay - it is as beautiful a we were told, and is nowhere as dirty and polluted as we were led to believe. It is truly stunning scenery and the boat is as luxurious as the Avalon European river vessels, just in a different way.
We left Hanoi early - ish, and the usual van trip with lots of horns beeping, alarming inside passing, and the most extraordinary (and often huge) loads on motor bik ... read more
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