Rain drops keep falling on my head...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

ODC travel is top notch. We've seen tons of travel brochures here in S.E. Asia and this is the only tour that you actually got what the picture showed. Outstanding. We ventured down to Ha Long Bay with the Janet, Shona and Calle for a farewell cruise. They are off to the north of Vietnam for trekking and we're off to India. The only drawback is the weather. It's raining, it's pouring...you get the picture.

We arrive to organised chaos at the docks. All the cruise boats jocky for possition at the docks as travelers clamer from ship to ship to board or return to shore. We borded ODC's 'Uniquely Pearl' and headed out for E. coli bay. Yes folks, we had floaters. While Ha Long Bay is protected as a World Heritage Site this does not keep the locals and their floating villiages from flushing or tossing anything over the side. But that was the only drawback we could find...well, that and the weather. The bay is dazzling, even in the mist and fog.
We explored the Surprising Cave and stopped at a few islands. We even did a little exploring via kayak. Just watch out forthe floating mines.(Dat ain't no Baby Ruth!) The food was plentiful, if not repetative and our tour guide, "Little Mouse" taught us alot.

Our second day we were teased with a few rays of sunshine but it was only a tease...that was until we returned to shore. One hour later it was blue skys and sunshine as far as the eye can see. Bugger! At least we got to see a huge jelly fish while kayaking.

And thats Halong Bay. Back to Hanoi and Bia Hoi!

Bia Hoi Mooners!
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russviola on

Ha Long Bay Beauty!!
Coastlines are REALLY amazing! Temple and Caves are my favorites. Even in rainy pictures it looks breath-taking. You two look tan, rested and ready for India.
Have fun in Southern India....I hear its nice and Easy just like NOLA, stay away from and/or be careful in Hyberdad and any other strong Muslim cities...especially up north. Rache....Anita (my girlfriend) was there about three months ago, and it seems that the Muslim women had a tendancy of coming up and pinching her on her arms pretty hard as they walked by. I guess thats how they showed their displeasure at her not wearing a Burka.(sp?) So, just a heads-up.
Be careful you two....and have a great time. I cant wait to read more of your adventures.

With Love,

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