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Quiet day started with a lazy breakfast overlooking the bay... Jumped a taxi into Halong City to look at the Junk cruises and check out the prices. Just like Viet Disney the place is deserted? There's so much building work going on with high rise hotels that I assume it must get busy at some point but right now we're walking down the main drag by …
... there are no road rules here, people just honk, and you move. They all seem to know what their doing. I guess you move for anything bigger than you, and move if your not in a hurry? I would be asking for trouble getting amongst the roads here tho. I'm happy to be Chauffeured around. ;) We finally board our boat, it's nice- a lot nicer than I expected. Hannah ( the other volunteer ) and I have a twin room right next to the bar... ...
Being one of the highlights of a trip to Vietnam, the options for exploring Halong Bay are vast and confusing and it took me a good five hours over the course of a day to find and book a tour as I've heard some really horror stories. The easiest and least expensive (relatively) is to book a package tour, the most popular being a 2 day/1 night package staying on a junk (boat). But in talking to fellow travellers and learning it takes half a day by bus just to get to ...
... where we stopped to have a beer by ourselves. We heard birds and monkeys while we were stopped there and the large rocks towering above the bay were so imposing.
Paddling back to shore with the sound of water lapping at the rocks around us we saw that they had got the speedboat going. So we rushed back over to the Castaway beach and jumped on the back with some others and were taken out into the bay towed on a massive inflatable ring. Four of us laying on our fronts, ...
... at 6.30am by cleaners playing house music (whatever gets you going!) but we needed to be up anyway so no problemo. At breakfast we bumped into into the Vietnamese family again, the mother was on top form yelling at the staff in Vietnamese. The poor husband had totally given up and was outside smoking a bong. The two teenage children both looked mortified and were staring into their noodles. I gave the girl a knowing shrug and she nodded at her ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Just a little remote.
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