Halong Discovery

Halong Discovery

Sunday we got a tour bus to take us to Halong Bay from Hanoi. We had a lot of trouble getting the tour organized the night before, and we had to move our pickup location for the bus three times before we finally got on. We had a three hour bus ride to the pier and then sat and waited at the pier for over an hour before we finally got on a boat. While we were waiting at the pier for our boat, we ran into Dave from OEG who was just coming back from his break in Vietnam for the semester. We

Vote for Jeju and HaLong Bay

Vote for Jeju and HaLong Bay

A website to encourage voting for South Korea's Jeju Island and Viet Nam's Ha Long Bay as among seven new wonders of the world has been launched at www.jeju-ha-long.com. The website, which has been established with the co-operation of South Korean Culture Centre in Ha Noi and Viet Nam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, provides sufficient information on the two destinations and guide for voting in English, Vietnamese and Korean. The website is expected to attract votes from

Future Wonder Of The Wolrd

Future Wonder Of The Wolrd

Everyone we meet and every guidebook we read tells us to go to Halong Bay. It is a set of rock formations and caves in the water at the north of Vietnam, about three hour's drive from Hanoi.Today is our last day in Vietnam so we decided to take their advice and have a look. We booked onto another tour and we picked up from our hostel early in the morning. We spent the next hour driving round Hanoi in circles picking up other tourists. It was actually quite good as we got to see other parts of

Beauty In Halong Bay

Beauty In Halong Bay

Returned to our guest house the night before for an early night as had to get up at 6am to get the bus at 7am to Halong City. It was 22:45 and pissing with rain.... The guest house had shut up early. After knocking and banging we were sure we were without a bed for the night. luckily we were traveling with Nicci, Tony, (who we had met in Thailand previously), and Dazza who came out to meet with Nicci and Tony, luckily we had Dazza's phone number and he was able to put 2 very, very soggy

Ha Long Bay and Island

Ha Long Bay and Island

Ha Long Bay consists of 1969 limestone islands that outcrop from the sea floor. The entire area is a UNESCO site and the only way you can visit this area is by boat. So needless to say, getting on the boat meant dealing with hundreds of tourists trying to do the same thing. We visited a little island with a beach, called Titop. But I was there along with 10 other boats and all the other tourons. The hike to the top took about 5 minutes but it was quite a view. From some 100m above

Dragons

Dragons

Three hours south of Hanoi in the gulf of Tonkin is one of the most beautiful and majestic bays you will ever come across in your life time, Halong Bay. Halong Bay, referred to by the Vietnamese as "the place where the dragon descends into the sea", is a beautiful bay with thousands of Limestone kast peaks which form small islands that protrude from the water like ancient stone fingers from the depths of the sea. Halong Bay Morning It's not hard to see why Halong Bay is one of the natural

Halong Bay (or how to have a great birthday)

Halong Bay (or how to have a great birthday)

Whereas we did not initially take to Hanoi as much as the south, Halong Bay, the main natural attraction of the country, was an instant hit with us as well as everyone else on our tour. The tours running to this popular destination from Hanoi are notorious for over promising and under delivering. Jen had done her homework though and we had some solid companies vying for our business. In the end, we went with Ocean Tours whose customer service was off the charts and also provided an option of

Life on the island waves

Life on the island waves

After finding the Kangaroo Cafe in the myriad of streets in Hanoi, we book a trip to Halong Bay. Wow what a trip and something I would recommend everyone to do. The scenery is breathetaking, we all slept on the roof of the boat at night as it was too hot in the boat, the dinners were amazing and the cave we visited was stunning. Sadly, the half way point of the trip is Cat Ba which is like the Blackpool of Vietnam. This is a locals holiday spot and it definitely feels like it. We do the

Shiver me timbers…and the rest of me!

Shiver me timbers…and the rest of me!

Still raining; still cold...9 degrees C But no deviation from the programme is allowed so headed 3.5 hours north-east by road to Ha Long Bay. This area is always in those 100 places to see before you die lists - and on a sunny or even little less freezing and drizzly day I'm sure it is! It was very difficult for us to appreciate that there are 2000 limestone islands all around the bay - as we could only see a handful. Apparently this weather only happens once in every 10 years - so we

Halong Bay- My Trip

Met up with Matty & Noosha for dinner after a long day waiting in airports for them (flight from Ho Chi Minh was delayed 5 hours). Was good to catch up with familiar faces and we took them to Cafe 69 a traditional restored Vietnamese house turned into an eatery. Many cocktails and some Hanoi Vodka later we called it a night, as Sheri & I had a 3 day Halong Bay cruise booked. It was 1am and too late for Matty & Noosha to get a booking in to join us but I passed on the travel agents

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