Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vietnam • Halong blues

In the morning light, the outlines and layers of the karsts surrounding Halong Bay become haunting sights to fascinated expectators like us as our Aloha junk sails back to port.

Personal note: I'd like to put this up for my readers as bai Allan noted - our overnight liveaboard cost US$112 all-in.  It comes to around 4,500pesos which may seem pricey but if one thinks about it, it's the price of a backpack or pair of jeans. The price includes transport to Halong Bay and back to Hanoi in a comfortable, a/c van; a guide; dinner, breakfast and lunch; a cool, cozy room with really nice t&b; boat trips and fees to selected karsts/islands on the itinerary. As I've noted earlier, it's advisable to book with reputable operators like Handspan to avoid being gypped by fraudulent operators in Halong Bay.
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