The bat cave on acid

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Thursday, March 23, 2006

ughh im tired. i had to wake up at 7am today to go out to hoalong bay for a day trip. if i had more time this destination would be worthy of a 2 or 3 day cruise around the bay but im off to china tomorrow. the area is absolutely beautiful....a large bay with hundreds of small limestone islands towering over the water. part of the day was spent in a cave complex on one of the islands. it has been declared a world heritage sight and holy crap its amazing. i walked through the tiny opening into an open chamber that was at least 150 feet high. the only downside was that the vietnamese had lit the area with not only the normal colored lights but also with festive green and pink etc etc so it was like the batcave on acid.......fucking perfect for me!

hanoi has been interesting. i would say that there is a bit of an underlying ummm resentment towards americans. the first question in any asian country is "where are u from?" this is the only place where when i say american i get a blank stare or moderately well concealed dislike. not from everyone mind you but from quite a few people.

went to ho chi mihns mausoleum the other day. the building is about as ascetic as a brick shit house but they do a marvelous job with the corpse. during my traipsing about the city i came across a largish pond in a residential neighborhood that....believe it or not......had a giant chunk of a B-52 half submerged in it. the pictures will be forth coming. hanoi is definitely the weirdest of the cities...i mean its nice in the usual french boulevard kind of way but its hard not to imagine the drone of bombers overhead. when i see the old people walking about town i always think "man i bet theyve seen some shit".

quote of the day from a tour guide talkng about when the war was finally over,........"communism good for 2 month (long pause) but then we get VERY hungry"
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