still eating our way arround south east asia
22.07.2003 - 26.07.2003 35 °C
Halong Bay was absolutely wonderful, we spent the first day sailing around the Bay on a Junk boat. the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. We also had the oportunity to Kayak through the caves and into remote locked bays that are only accessable through tunnels when the tide is low. It was truly wonderful. We spent the first evening on the boat and then the next day we went to Paradise Island where we settled into a bamboo hut right on the beach, it was amazing. We were on the trip with a lovely bunch of people, Aussie's, Americans, Brits and Irish. In the evening we had a bit of a Karaoke sing song in a bar on the beach wich was great fun. There were about 15 bamboo bungalows on the very secluded beach and there was only 12 of us in the group which made it quite exclusive. We had an early start the next morning to catch a boat back to Halong City, but it was wonderful waking up on the beach with the sun streaming into the hut listening to the waves crashing on the sand !!!. The food on the boat and on the Island was also very good, loads of locally caught fish and big prawns.
When we left halong City we returned to Hanoi. We were lucky enough to have our room at the hotel. Last night we arranged to meet the guys and girls that we went to Halong with for a meal. In Pepperonis, a well known Hong Kong Pizza chain ????? and then went off with them to see the semi final of the Asia Cup, between Saudi Arabia and Japan. It was a really good game the Saudi's won 3:2 but I reckon the Nippons were robbed. Neil and I were also nearly robbed by a group of organised pick pockets at the stadium, but they realised that we had sussed out what they were up to and they soon legged it. This morning we are just loafing around in Hanoi, we are going to have lunch next before heading off to the Vietnamese history museum this afternoon. We also just managed to score a copy of the new Harry Potter for a couple of quid !!! Off to visit the Perfume Pagoda tommorrow and then heading off on an overnight sleaper train to Hue tomorrow night.
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