This year we decided to travel outside of China to see what else Southeast Asia has to offer. Our first journey, besides Hong Kong, was to Vietnam. It was a 5 day adventure that started in Hanoi (N. Vietnam) very late at night. We landed after 11 and got to the hotel about 12:30 since you have to get your visa put into your passport at the airport before going through immigration. The lesson learned here is to bring US Dollars since our $45 each was more like $60 each with Chinese RMB.
We spent one short night in Hanoi and boarded a bus to Halong Bay. It was about a 3.5 hour bus ride through the countryside of Vietnam. It was interesting to see the rice paddies, buffalo, interesting homes and the construction - most of which was between 50% and 80% complete.
On the way to our overnight Boat cruise we stopped at a bathroom break/tourist shop. Some interesting items for sale from the local disabled workers.
The Halong Bay tour was less than $100 per person for the all-inclusive excursion. In general, Vietnam was very cheap.
|King Cobra, Scorpion Rice Wine. $300/bottle is what we|
were told. Good health.
|Working on thread pictures. Nice work but at very inflated|
|On the dock ready to board the Byaha Classic I boat. 24 rooms|
so about a 50 person capacity.
|Little boat to get to the big boat.|
|On the top deck. This was a the attraction,|
the geological-interesting rocks.
|For mama and baba. 1 room with bathroom.|
|Kids room - 2 singles and a mattress on the floor.|
|Our first venture - to the floating village. A fishing village with|
school and floating bank.
|Our own private boat with rower.|
|People watching as we floated on by.|
|Our rower - he didn't speak any English so not much of a guide.|
|Tia Chi in the morning.|
|Lots of vendors, even creative ones like this one who was a|
floating grocery store at our window.
|A very cool cave. Stalagmites and Stalactites - what was which|
|They added colored lights for effect. All the rocks were a|
|A view from the cave exit.|
|We made our own fried spring rolls.|
|The food was fantastic!|
|Our departure wave from the crew.|