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  • Day61

    Wo der Drache ins Meer hinabsteigt

    November 25, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Legenden zufolge hat einst in der Ha Long Bucht ein riesiger Drache das Land in unzählige kleine Inseln zerbrochen als er sich ins Meer hinab stürzte. Wir stürzen uns auch - und zwar ins nächste kleine Abenteuer.

    Alle der knapp 2000 Inseln schaffen wir freilich nicht. Aber unser Skipper hat eine interessante Route organisiert - abseits der quirligen Touristenströme. Rattattatatat... Unter lautem Getöse wird der Anker eingezogen, als wir von CatBa aus für zwei Tage in See stechen. Mit 12 abenteuerlustigen Mitstreitern an Bord.

    Wir lernen das Leben einer von über 300 Fischerfamilien kennen, die hier auf eher rustikalen Hausbooten leben. Jede hält unter den Stegen ihren eigenen "Lucky Fish", ein über zwei Meter großer Koloss, der stets reichen Fang bescheren soll. Für unser frisches Abendessen in geselliger Atmosphäre reicht es allemal. Unsere Kabine für die Nacht ist sehr gemütlich und verwöhnt morgens mit Blick auf die in absoluter Stille liegende Ha Long Bucht.

    Wir cruisen um zahllose spitze Inselchen. Zuerst auf dem Boot. Später selbst mit kleinen Kajaks. Schroffe Kalkhöhlen führen uns zu kleinen, abgeschotteten Lagunen. Das sind wichtige, schützende Rückzugsorte für die Fischer bei Taifunen. Hier gibt es viel zu sehen: Flora und Fauna entwickeln sich wild und unberührt. 

    Bei so viel Nähe zum Wasser dürfen natürlich auch ein paar Strandbesuche und ein kleiner Angelausflug nicht fehlen.

    Wieder an Land hängen wir spontan noch einen Tag dran und erkunden die Ha Long Bucht von CatBas Landseite aus. Die kleinen Inseln sind hier richtig hohe Bergspitzen und offenbaren ein wunderbaren Blick auf die Küste. Die Tage sind ein entspannter Ausgleich zum nervenaufreibenden Motorradritt durch Ha Giang.
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  • Day70

    Cat Ba / Halong Bay

    January 8 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Wir waren 3 Tage in der Halong Bay - das war definitiv eines unserer Highlights im Vietnam 👌🏻 wir hatten eine Bootstour mit Übernachtung auf einen Hausboot gebucht. Die Bootstour durch die Bucht war Wahnsinn, mit mega netten Leuten.😊 wir konnten In der Bucht schwimmen, Kajak fahren und Abends Plankton im Wasser sehen 👌🏻Read more

  • Day71

    Ha Long Bay

    November 10, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We booked ourselves onto a tour to visit probably Vietnam's most famous destination.
    We had an early start to walk into town and meet the tour guide and board the little bus for the 3/4 hour journey to Ha Long.
    Arriving at the coast around lunchtime, we boarded our boat for the day and were served a seafood feast (veggie option for Vera), it was really quite good with loads of variety, and even better was that the others sharing our table didn't eat much which left more for us :)
    While we'd been busy eating, the boat had left the harbour and was well on the way. We went outside on the deck and watched the famous limestone islands pass by. We were surprised to see how big the area of Ha Long Bay is, we had already been through a few miles of it and there was plenty left.
    Our first stop was at Titop Island. Here we had the choice of spending half an hour on the beach or climbing the hill for a panoramic view. We decided to try the climb but, after queueing behind several thousand Chinese tourists for 10 minutes to move about 10 metres, we abandoned that idea and hung out on the beach instead.
    Next up we were dropped off at a jetty to go kayaking. We paddled off through a tunnel and spent a while in a kind of closed lake within one of the bigger limestone island
    Lastly we visited Surprising Cave. A big name to live up to but it actually was surprisingly surprising. The cave is huge and full of cool rock formations and would be worth a trip to see in its own right, even without being squeezed on the end of a tour of the bay.
    The trip back to the harbour was maybe the most beautiful part of the tour. We watched the sun setting over the sea and the islands on one side of the boat and the moon rising on the other side. While the area can feel like a production line of tourism at some times, the place really is amazing and we felt very lucky to see it for ourselves.
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  • Day1481

    Asia Tour - Ha Long Bay - Vietnam

    April 2, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So this is what I’ve been looking forward to since I started travelling... going to Ha Long Bay!!!

    I booked a 2 day 1 night cruise around the bay via my hostel. I was picked up at the hostel at 7:45 and it was a 4 hour trip to Ha Long Bay. The annoying thing about travel in Vietnam it takes so long and they always stop for a break at a place for disabled workers which as a sentiment is nice. But you can’t really buy anything there as it’s all statues and paintings etc, and the stuff you can buy you get ripped off hugely on the price - a can of lemon Fanta, a while chocolate bar and some m&ms was over £6 hahahahaha

    We arrived at the bay, and hopped on our tender boat to get to our ship. In Vietnam it’s required by law for all tourist boats to be painted white as it’s shown to make westerners feel more comfortable. The shop it’s self was nice... for Vietnamese standards. By western standards it wasn’t great, but if you want western standards... stay in the west. If travel is too familiar or too comfortable... you’re doing it wrong.

    On my boat was some guys I knew from my hostel - 3 french guys who where also on my tour to Ninh Bihn. They where cool guys, Benjamin, Jemal, and ash.

    We had a few hours on the boat having lunch and a few beers before we set out Kayaking in the Bay to the beach. This was cool but very scary as the water was super deep and I was relying on a Frenchman who also can’t swim hahahah. After a while though I relaxed and had a great time. I even went swimming on the beach which is not something I would have done usually.

    After returning to the boat we had some more beers, and evening dinner which was nice and plentiful. Watching then sunset over the bay with a beer and some new friends was an awesome experience and one I won’t forget.
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  • Day1482

    Asia Tour - Ha Long Bay - Vietnam

    April 3, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Woke up today after a semi average sleep and headed on to breakfast. We where due to head to a cave which I wasn’t too interested in but I went anyway.

    After the cave we headed back to the boat for our farewell lunch, before heading back to the dock to go back to Hanoi.

    Overall the experience was amazing and I would do it again without hesitation even if the weather wasn’t as good as it could of been it was still one of the best experiences I’ve had.

    Thank you Ha Long Bay
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  • Day8

    Halong Bay - Hanoi

    October 4, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We had breakfast then a look at an Oyster Farm and did some kayaking. We had early lunch, chilled on the boat for a while then headed back to shore. We had to wait around got out bus for a bit then back to Hanoi.
    We checked in to the same hotel for the third time. We did some washing, headed out for dinner then bed.Read more

  • Day38

    A trip to Paradise

    March 14, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Collected from our hotel to be taken to Halong Bay in a very posh minibus so we had a very comfy journey. Great scenery on the way. Checked in to our hotel - in a lovely big room in the Paradise Suites Hotel. We walked around the area watching all the boats going in and out - very busy! The islands look impressive even from the shore. In the afternoon I had a 'sensory spa journey' - a mix of types of massage followed by a body scrub. It was lovely. In the evening the port was still busy with boats coming back from the bay to drop passengers but not many people staying in the hotels - all just seem to be in transit.Read more

  • Day39

    A journey through the dragons teeth.

    March 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    According to legend a dragon came to defend Halong Bay from invaders and dropped pearls into the water which turned to stone in the shape of the dragons teeth which defeated the invaders. The dragon liked it there so much she decided to stay. The name comes from this legend Ha meaning descending and Long (dragon). We set off mid morning, still a little misty but reasonable visibility. We slowed to see various rock formations given names as they look like animals - Ga Choi Islet - fighting cock (looks more like kissing hens) from one side and looks like a fish from the other side. We were given a buffet lunch on board which was very good with plenty of choice. It was surprising that despite the number of other boats around it was incredibly peaceful cruising along and the scenery was spectacular. Our first stop was Hang Sung Sot - The Surprise Cave. 100 steps up to the entrance, then 100 down into the cave and another 100 up to get out again. Lots of stalactites and stalagmites in huge caves. Back on the boat and taken to Hang Luon where we transferred to bamboo boats to go through a tunnel into the hollow centre of the island. Back on board it was lovely to sit on the top deck appreciating the scenery. Many times it looked as though we were heading for the rocks before an opening between islands appeared. Our last stop was as Soisim Island where we climbed many more steps to the top of the island. The view at the top was worth the climb. It was nice to see that the trees have been allowed to grow through the steps and we had to clamber around them to climb the steps. Back on board for coffee and biscuits and, despite the mist turning to light rain part way, we had a very relaxing, peaceful journey back to port. Collected by coach and returned to Hanoi.Read more

  • Day5

    Cards, Cooking Class & Squid fishing

    October 8, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Back on the Oriental Express we (Sue and Linden vs John and Cliff) played a few games of euchre. With the egging on of an American, Chris, who chatted to us we played, we kept playing to give the boys a chance to beat the girls who won the first 2 games. But in the end the girls won 3 games to 1!

    Then there was a cooking class on the sundeck where we were shown how to make spring rolls and then we could have a go. Then it was dinner time – “not more food!” The dishes kept coming out – mussels, prawn, vegies, spring rolls, chicken sticks, etc and crème caramel to finish off.

    It was a bit overcast so the sunset wasn't spectacular.

    Squid fishing was available off the side of the tender after dinner and Cliff and Sue had a go but nothing caught.
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  • Day5

    Train day

    November 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Woke up this morning had breakfast, went cave exploring then had brunch. After checking off the boat we headed back to the hotel with a brief stop off at a pearl factory.

    Pearl's of wisdom gained we headed back to the hotel where are now waiting for our tour guide for the food tour.

    So completed food tour, was well nice and now on the train, everyone is grabbing last minute WiFi before we leave the station

    Also making friends with the locals, apparently my lookey likey for this holiday is snoop
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