Tom's Trip to South East Asia

Out of the 'Boat for a few months of tropical travel. No lease, No Dog, No work, No snow, might be the best time of my life to do something extreme. Watch from your office as I soak in sun and culture in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam this mud season.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I am on Cat Ba Island in Halong Bay for the land overnight portion of my Bay tour. Hanoi was busy and big with rip off scams on every corner. We were kicked out of our guest house for not booking or cruise through them, a good sign that they were probably not going to deliver what their tour purported. After finding a new room in a dingy mini hotel we headed to Beer Hoi junction were half pints of fresh brewed beer are served on the side walk to customers seated haphazardly in tiny plastic lawn chairs for about ten cents. This is a north vietnamese institution that we were happy to throw ourselves into. After a couple rounds we had dinner with some other friends we met on the corner and called it a night to get up for a our trip the following morning. Yesterday Dave, Ellen, Louise (all of whom I have been with since Siem Reap) and I joined some new friends from Australia and New Zealand for a trip through a reputable tour agency to Beautiful Halong Bay. The trip starts with a 3 hour bus ride out to the harbour and where we get on a really nice big boat with capacity for 16 overnight berths. The boat cruise was pretty and included a stop at Amazing Cave, which was more average than the name would lead you to expect. Unfortunately the only cool and cloudy weather of my trip has come this week so the beauty of the bay is a bit lessened. But I wont complain too much as I am having tons of fun. This morning we got off our luxury liner and have been exploring Cat Ba Island with a stop at a less developed cave that was more interesting and a ride to a remote island beach where there are supposedly monkeys living but we didn't see any. Tonight we are staying in town and headed off to dinner shortly. Tomorrow we cruise back to the mainland and will be in hanoi around five. Louise and Ellen fly out as soon as we get back so tonight is a farewell celebration. Dave and I will probably go to sapa for a few quick days before both of us leave on the 3rd.


At 2:43 PM, Blogger mom said...

glad to pick up with your travels. We are now at Oakland for the night before going home tonight, Tim follows on Sunday. Love you. MOM


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