Ha Long

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  • Day43

    Day 43 - Halong Bay Boat and Cave Trip

    October 22, 2017 in Vietnam

    We had another amazing day and another amazing boat trip in the bay!

    We slept in late (after staying up late watching bad movies) and headed over to the local mall for the ATM, toiletries, and breakfast/lunch (fast food spicy baked chicken and French fries - yum!). Then we walked the two blocks from the house with our awesome host, Dinh, to the water to meet his friend for the private boat trip.

    The 4 of us set off in a wooden fishing boat for a 6 hour boat trip through the bay, exploring several caves along the way. Some of the caves were easy to venture into (some were even used as old navy bases and fish farms). But a couple of the caves were crazy and huge and involved quite a bit of intense rock climbing to get through. On the first steep rock climbing cave, I cut up my leg pretty bad almost immediately and let the boys continue on without me. But by the time we got to the last cave, which was by far the biggest and the hardest to climb, I was able to get through it (not without cutting up my leg a little more!). This last cave was awesome - filled with huge stalagmites and stalactites which were dripping and wearing away at and crystallizing the rocks above and below us. We also saw large columns and holes that went down 20-30 feet, filled with water. From the caves, there were beautiful views of the water and the islands. It was a lot of fun, but pretty intense. The climb down the side of the cave back to the boat was a bit terrifying. At the end of the trip, we were going to go for a swim but decided against it. The jellyfish were crazy today - some of the biggest jellyfish I've ever seen (some over a foot in diameter and some smaller ones that had tentacles that were 1-2 feet long). So we headed back to shore, watching the sunset on the way back.

    After showering (and putting on a few bandaids!), we went out for an interesting dinner. Our host recommended a good restaurant on the water, and we had seen the place packed the night before, so we decided to check it out. When we walked in, everyone kind of giggled and looked at us strangely - we've gotten used to that the past couple of days. The neighborhood we are staying in is not touristy at all and we are the only Americans (or even non-Vietnamese people) that we have seen since we left Cat Ba. As the waitress handed us the Vietnamese menu, she laughed a little, because she knew we would have no idea how to read it. Then a lady sat down at our table who spoke a little English. We told her we wanted beef pho soup and spring rolls. We got a beef stew, a giant plate of amazing spicy garlic chili beef with a delicious sauce, and a giant plate of bread rolls. She didn't understand what a bottle of water was, so she brought me a warm beer instead. She also sat with us for most of our meal and kept asking us to stay and drink beers and sing karaoke. We enjoyed the meal, but declined the karaoke invitation!

    Another awesome day is in the books. We will be sad to leave tomorrow - Halong Bay (especially Cat Ba Island) has been my favorite place on the trip by far. I can't think of anywhere else in the world like it!
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  • Day42

    Day 42 - Halong Arrival

    October 21, 2017 in Vietnam

    We had a crazy adventure this morning to get to the ferry port on the other side of Cat Ba. We somehow missed the bus at our hotel and so the hotel owner quickly grabbed all of our luggage and us and threw us on the back of his and his son's motorbikes to chase down the bus. We caught up with the bus, flagged it down, and got on! Then we took the quick beautiful ferry ride to Halong.

    We had planned to either hike Poem Mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the entire bay or to lie on the beach and swim all day, but we ended up having a much needed rest day.

    After the taxi ride to our homestay, we took off for a walk along the water to find a place to eat breakfast/lunch. We stumbled onto a restaurant where no one spoke English so we didn't really order anything - they just brought us an order of seafood (shrimp and octopus) fried noodles. It was yummy!

    Then we took a long nap and relaxed for awhile. After we woke up and got ready, we set off for another walk along the water. We found a really busy fancy restaurant right on the bay and had a fantastic dinner - appetizers of grilled oysters and pork rolls, entrees of a pound of steamed shrimp for me and an entire fresh grouper with plum sauce for Tim. Everything was delicious!!

    Now, we are going to have a relaxing night - we have another boat tour tomorrow!
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  • Day50

    Halong (Stadt), Vietnam

    March 28, 2017 in Vietnam

    Am 27.03. ging es also wieder einmal über Nacht mit dem Sleeper-Bus weiter nach "Halong". Da es die relativ gut aufgestellte "Futa-Buslinie" im Norden Vietnams nicht gibt, sondern nur kleine, eher lokale Anbieter, sind wir diesmal genau mit so einem unterwegs gewesen. Die Ausstattung war etwas älter und wir durften uns die Nacht mit einer Gruppe stark alkoholisierter Vietnamesen um die Ohren schlagen. Nach knapp 8,5 Stunden kamen wir bereits in Halong an, wobei uns bei der Buchung etwas von 10 Stunden Fahrt prophezeit wurde. Grundsätzlich ist es natürlich super, wenn die Fahrt nicht so lang dauert, nur wenn man damit 04:00h morgens, also noch Mitten in der Nacht ankommt und sein Hotel nicht findet, ist eine kürzere Fahrtzeit auch nicht mehr so erfreulich. Nachdem eine weitere Stunde mit Hotelsuche, ausharren unter einem Vordach, da wir auch hier nicht vom Regen verschont blieben, vergangen war, fanden wir unser Hotel schließlich in einer Seitenstraße. Glücklicherweise durften wir da bereits 06:00h unser Zimmer beziehen, nachdem wir die Besitzerin des Guesthouses aus dem Bett geklingelt hatten.
    Trotz das wir uns während der zwei Tage einen Roller ausgeliehen haben, gab es außer Hotels, Resorts, Baustellen und einem riesigen Erlebnispark, der sich über die komplette Promenade erstreckt und damit die Sicht auf die Halong Bucht versperrt, nicht so viel zu sehen oder erkunden. Auch das Wetter machte uns hier wieder einen kleinen Strich durch die Rechnung. Der Blick auf die Halong Bucht war von hier nicht so spektakulär, wie erwartet. Daher freuten wir uns auf den bevorstehenden Trip auf die Insel "Cat Ba", denn da sollte auch das Wetter endlich wieder besser werden! ⛱
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  • Day75

    Halong Bay

    June 25 in Vietnam

    6 of our friends have arrived from Reigate to travel Vietnam whilst we’re in Laos and then we meet back up with them in Thailand. Together we all did a 3 day 2 night castaway trip on Halong Bay. We slept in wooden cabins on the beach on a private island. During the day we did a booze cruise, played volleyball, tubing, swimming and chilled on the beach and at night the beach turned into a party with 100 people on the island. We had such a good time and Halong Bay itself is amazing !!Read more

  • Day9

    Arrived at Signature Royal

    January 21, 2017 in Vietnam

    After a 4 hour drive from Hanoi we arrive at the Signature Royal for the start of our 3 day/2 night cruise of Halong bay.

    Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence.

    Just from the harbour we can see the maze of limestone structures that will enchant us for the next 3 days.

    We are excited!

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  • Day96

    Ha Long Bay

    November 3, 2016 in Vietnam

    We've decided to postpone the start of the cycling and are exploring this incredible bit of coast just east of Hanoi. It's made up of 1965 islands in the form of vertical sided uninhabited Karst mountains. We had two days on a beautiful junk boat, stopped off in some huge caves, kayaked around the islands, made some spring rolls and relaxed in the sun. A nice way to get over the jet lag!

  • Day5

    Ha Long Bay

    July 19, 2017 in Vietnam

    Waking up and looking out your window at clear sea and the most amazing limestone cliffs is an unforgettable experience (especially when it's at 6 am - much to early). Today we got the little speed boat out to Sung Sot Cave (which translates as amazing cave or cave of surprise). It is so special because it used to be under the sea but is slowly being pushed up out of the water so you actually have to hike up to it. This gives it a very distinctive roof that many Vietnamese people believe was artificially made. After having to hurdle over three boats to get to our own (the Vietnamese boat parking is as bad as their bike parking) we went back to the boat for spring roll making classes and another 5 course meal, before rolling ourselves back onto the bus for our 4 hour journey back to Hanoi where our guide Bien (or as he liked to be called Beer) announced how much he loved his Irish girls.Read more

  • Day74

    Halong Bucht

    December 15, 2016 in Vietnam

    Nach drei Tagen Fieber bin ich halbwegs wieder fit und wir können zum letzten Highlight in Asien aufbrechen: Die Halong Bucht. Mit dem Bus geht es von Hanoi aus in einer vierstündigen Fahrt nach Halong und dort aufs Schiff. Dann fahren wir bei bewölktem Wetter durch die atemberaubende Landschaft und besuchen eine Höhle.

  • Day13

    Halong Bucht / Cái Lân, Vietnam

    April 12, 2017 in Vietnam

    Vietnams Felsenlabyrinth im Meer gilt als eine der schönsten Meereslandschaften der Welt. Die Halong-Bucht ist eine traumhafte Inselwelt mit mehr als 1.500 Karstfelsen, die sich aus dem smaragdgrünen, ruhigen Wasser erheben. Das Zentrum der Bucht ist Halong Stadt mit ihrem lebendigen Markttreiben am Hafen. Schon von weitem ist das große Riesenrad auf dem Ba Dèo Hügel zu sehen. Die Fahrt mit der weltweit größten Gondelbahn vom neuen Vergnügungspark hinauf zum Ba Dèo stand leider nicht auf dem Programm unseres Landausfluges. Die Aussicht über die Bucht soll atemberaubend sein. Gerne verschiebe ich die Fahr auf ein anderes Mal. Das Wetter hätte vermutlich wieder nur eine beschränkte Aussicht zugelassen.

    Heute gibt es eine Premiere für mich. Ich kann zum ersten Mal Tender-Boot fahren! Zum Glück ist die See ruhig. Beim ersten Transfer muss ich nicht unbedingt erfahren, wie es bei rauer See darin zu und her geht. In den Booten haben 150! Personen platz. Gebunkert sind darin auch genügend Lebensmittel und Wasser, damit im Notfall 2 Tage darin überlebt werden kann.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Thành Phố Hạ Long, Thanh Pho Ha Long, Ha Long, Халонг, 下龙市

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