Novotel Ha Long Bay
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... in Hanoi, the Oriental Central, is amazing. The accommodations are really nice, and for a reasonable price, but what really sets them apart is their customer service. So we got dropped off there on the minibus, and even though we weren't staying there tonight, nor had we stayed there the two nights prior, not only did they hold our bags, but they loaned us a room in which to shower and rest in, even though they'd have to quickly make it up before ...
... mountains can put it into some sort perspective. I guess I'll let the photos tell what I can't. That, and the number of things to talk about would fill a couple of pages, so I'll leave it all to another day.
On top of all that, the boat, it's crew and it's amenities were faultless. And doing the three days with us were ten other people whose company we all seemed to appreciate. We swam, kayaked,( with Janey actually getting a special ...
... attraction. The water here was even dirtier and the excessive amount of tourists is felt here with rubbish left right and centre. It's kind of a shame that such a beautiful site is getting trashed, I really wonder what it will be like in 10 years time. The pearl farm is actually a shop in disguise, and while there are some beautiful pieces that have been grown here the whole site puts you off shopping.
The ride back to the port was a few ...
... had in Hanoi. Highlights of the trip would be the kayaking around the islands, brad having to dive in the sea to rescue the veggies that fell off the boat and his toilet unblocking skills. ( His tripod has many uses!) We spent 3 nights on the boat which in hindsight was way to long, 1 night would have been sufficient. We finished off our trip with a visit to the Amazing Caves which is the Vietnamese version of the Cango Caves. On ...
... them up with water so they were heavy enough to not get knocked over. She actually emptied the last of out dirty vodka into everyone's beer sothat last one hit us all hard.
The countdown actually went and people yelled Happy new year both inside and outside the boat and the fishes swam to the water's surface and peered at the fireworks in the sky. It was a good night and we went to bed happy to begin our first new year of married life.
In the early morning I woke up ...
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