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  • Halong Bay Water-based Activit Halong Bay Water-based Activities

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      Surrounded by thousands of limestone mountains, Ha Long Sea creates a charming beauty for the bay and makes it unbelievably unique. Coming to Halong Bay, you will be entering a world of water wonders.
      Exciting water sports


      Immense water surface in Ha Long is home to a number of water sports such as rafting, kayaking and swimming. Tourists who love adventures can try water motor driving or parachute-pulled canoeing offered on Bai Chay or Tuan Chau beach. While high speed of the water motors brings about thrilling moments, a parachute-pulled canoe tour gives tourists a bird-eye view to spectacular scene of the bay below.
      For those wishing to spend more time on sightseeing and discovering the bay by themselves, kayaking is surely the perfect choice. The most impressive moment is when the kayak began moving into the cave. The further one goes inside, the darker and cooler it is. The cave is filled with falling stalactites, and sometimes, one has to crouch down in the boat to avoid hitting his head on them.
      Scuba Diving in Halong Bay- New and Exciting
      Spacious underwater world in Ha Long with diversified marine creatures is a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving. The period from April to December, when the temperature of water ranges from 26-29 degree Celsius, is the best time for these kinds of sport. Just put on scuba glasses, diving fins, scuba cylinder, and then jump into the water, a wonderful ocean worldwouldinstantly be opening in front of tourists’ eyes. Thousands of splendid corals such as sun mushroom, leather or stag-horn and colorful fishessuch as sergeant major or Clark’s anemone would definitely amaze anyone.In addition, internationally- licensed and friendly scuba divers and assistants promise safe dive and
      unforgettable experience to tourists.
      Soft sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms are not only ideal places for sunbathing or relaxation but also for energetic sport activities like beach volleyball or football. Besides matches played for fun and good health, occasional international competition such as Asian Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships draws attention of many locals and travelers.

      Overnight on luxurious junks
       
      Luxurious junk is movable accommodation, a perfect combination of upscale hotel and convenient transportation. Guests can enjoy marvelous beauty of the world heritage site any time they want while lying on the bed, enjoying coffee on the boat terrace, having lunch in dining room or sunbathing on the top deck.
      Besides taking tourists to the highlights of Ha Long Bay, the tour offers them interesting sports and entertainment activities such as scuba diving, kayaking or Vietnamese cooking class.Particularly, tourists who love to wake up early to appreciate the bay’s beauty in the dawn can also join morning Taichi class on the deck.
      Floating fishing villages
      Famous for unique scenery with thousands of limestone islands floating on the water, Ha Long attracts tourist by its cultural value as well. In recent years, visiting floating fishing villages in Ha Long such as Vong Vieng or Cua Van have been more popular.
      The locals here live on floating houses and mainly earn a living by fishing and marine aquaculture. They go fishing in the morning, selling their catches to bigger boats, which later sell the catches to the mainland. On the way of sigh-seeing around Ha Long Bay, travelers can see some floating markets of the local peopleselling goods for daily use such as vegetable, fruits, rice and fishes.
                 
      Tourists can get an insight into the locals’ life byvisiting fish cultivation area. It would be much more interesting if one can have ahome-stay and try daily work of fisherman like rowing boat, casting and hauling the fish net, sitting on coracle and listening to folk songs at night. Besides, there are plenty of souvenirs made from shells and pearls by the locals available for choices. Despite language barrier, friendly and cheerful locals would surely make guests feel comfortable like staying at home.

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  • Halong Bay_Unbelieve! Halong Bay_Unbelieve!

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      Coppy right PJandMike

      Well yes I am back - I know you have all missed me whilst I have been scanning off on Halong Bay. So here goes, we get picked up on time by the cruise company and start picking up the other passengers. This is where the fun began as we had one gentleman who was Australian (name of Nigel), he had a very loud voice and very funny. 


       It’s very interesting that the passengers on board were multi cultural i.e. a couple from the gold coast in Australia, a couple from Spain, a couple from Singapore, a couple from France, 2 couples from Turkey and a lady from Korea - told you we were multi-cultural. 

      The cruise did not look exactly like the pictures from outside but we found out that the Vietnamese government has instructed all the big cruise boats on Halong Bay must be painted white. Anyway, after this was our only disappointment on the trip as our cabin was at the front and had a balcony with sun beds - how lucky are we or what! 

       
       
      So after dropping our bags off we take a boat ride on a smaller boat to see the floating village of Vung Vieng and then onto a pontoon where they show you how they Implant oysters to achieve pearls - that amazed me as I never knew they did this I always thought you were lucky if you had an oyster with a pearl in - how I thought they would have enough pearls to make necklaces, earrings etc I don't know. 
        
       

      So after the little excursion we go back to the cruise ship and have a sunset party of sangria which really helped the Spanish couple to integrate. 

      Then we had a cooking class and yes you guessed it we made spring rolls - I should be an expert at these as remember I made them in Cambodia. As you are all well aware by now of my competitive nature I was really up for this cooking class and not only wanted to make the best but also the fastest. 

      After dinner there was squid fishing but as we were told that it is not squid season I could not see the point in standing at the back of the boat with fishing net and no chance of catching a squid. 
       

      So next morning, We went to a little bay and jump kayak. We are taken by our guide Duan (English name Tim) in our kayaks to a little cave which the water is filling up and it is pitch black. I start to panic as we are in a double kayak Mike is shouting at me to go left - remember I don't know my right from left and in a panic situation I can tell you I really do not know it and so I go right and we are stuck under the top of the cave. We have a torch but as I said I was panicking and could not turn this on - so Mike is shouting at me turn the torch on I am shouting back I cannot turn the thing on! What a palaver! All I could think of is we are stuck and the water is coming into the cave so Mike agreed to turn around. So after the cave we kayak around the bay through some really nice BIG natural stone arches. 
      We then return to the boat for lunch. After lunch we are taken to a secluded beach with only a few people on and you can only get to by boat. This was where the fun started - there was a group of Vietnamese men who kept on covering themselves in sand and hollering - it was like none of them had seen sand before. Then they get in the sea and take their trunks off - they were really enjoying themselves - it was great to watch. 

       


      So up early this morning and after breakfast we go to visit the Amazing Cave - yes that is what it is called. After this we are taken back to shore and here we are back in Hanoi at the same hotel - which is good as we left our big bags here, we are sad to leave Owen and Vicki the couple we spent yesterday with as they were great company but we will be keeping in touch with them.
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  • Floating village Floating village

    • From: indochinasails
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      As a large and age-old fishing village in Ha Long bay, Vong Vieng attaches great historical and cultural value and has currently attracted lots of tourists.

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  • Visiting Vong Vieng floating v Visiting Vong Vieng floating village in Halong bay

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      As a large and age-old fishing village in  Ha Long bay, Vong Vieng attaches great historical and cultural value and has currently attracted lots of tourists.

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      There are 4 fishing villages in the World Heritage site: Ba Hang, Cua Van, Vong Vieng and Cap La, A village of about 600 inhabitants. After disembarking the mother boat, tourists will be transferred by rowing boats, tender boats, or doing kayaking to enter Vong Vieng fishing village.

      It is a magically calm place, an escape from the hustle of Vietnam streets. There are about 50 families in the village and the population is between 200 and 300 residents, including nearly 100 children. The village is a true waterworld, rising and falling with the tides, sheltered a midst limestone towers. These families have lived in this village for generations. Their floating houses look spacious and clean. The well-off families even have tiled roof houses with radios, television sets, tables and chairs, etc. There is one community house here where villagers come to have meetings. Here is also the place tourists stopover to shop some traditional hand made items.

       

      Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to enjoy “Vong Vieng night” which is considered an attractive and original tourism product. In the evening, under the soft light of the moon and the oil lamps, tourists sit on woven bamboo boats, breathe fresh air, listen to duel love songs, drop flower garlands and colored lanterns for luck and see the fishermen catching marine products. Tourists get strange and unforgetable feeling after enjoying this special kind of tourism product.

      In addition, the fishing village festival is held once a year during the Ha Long Tourism Week. In the festival, tourists can take part in a variety of activities will be held such as folk song singing contest, food processing competition, swimming competition, boat handling competion, etc.

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  • Mountains in Laos Mountains in Laos

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      Beautiful mountains near the town of Vang Vieng in Laos.

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  • "Tanzania Volunteer Vacation" "Tanzania Volunteer Vacation"

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      The sunset over the Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos.

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  • Karst Peaks of Vang Vieng, Lao Karst Peaks of Vang Vieng, Laos

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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

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  • Bicycle on a Dirt Road... Vang Bicycle on a Dirt Road... Vang Vieng, Laos

    • From: floatinglow
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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

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  • Girls biking home from school. Girls biking home from school... Vang Vieng, Laos

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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

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  • A boy and his action figure... A boy and his action figure... Vang Vieng, Laos

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      Vang Vieng in Laos is surrounded by friendly rural villages and impressive karst peaks riddled with caves and rivers.  You can spend days biking, hiking, caving, tubing, and mingling with locals. 

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  • Laid-Back Laos Laid-Back Laos

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      LAID-BACK LAOS

      I entered Laos from the town of Nong Khai in northeast Thailand via the Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong River (the common border between Thailand and Laos). My two-week tour here followed one of the typical tourist paths from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, via Vang Vieng. The trip was very relaxing and uneventful, which was just fine with me. Similar to Cambodia, Laos is now beginning to see it's fair-share of development and tourism. Many people I spoke to describe it as the Thailand of 20 years ago, as it is still very, very laid-back and the modern western world has not yet invaded the country (no McDonald's, no KFC, and ATM's are in short supply...only a few in Vientiane and that's it!). Similar to other parts of Southeast Asia, the people are quite friendly. People in Laos also take relaxation seriously. With the exception of maybe Baja California, I've never visited a place so relaxed. On more than one occasion I had to wake a sleeping taxi driver resting in his hammock in the back of his tuk-tuk or wake up the Internet guy from behind his desk to get service. No worries here.

      The food is very tasty and pretty spicy. I learned that Lao food is actually quite different than Thai food in that it is prepared a bit more dry (use of less oils/liquids), mainly due to the use of sticky rice which doesn't fair well if soaked in liquids. My favorite dishes were laap (diced marinated meat, onion, garlic, mint, hot chilli peppers, and lime juice), and the tom mak houng salad (raw papaya, chilli peppers, peanuts, sugar, fermented fish sauce, and lots of lime juice). The culinary treat of the trip was in Luang Prabang at "A Taste of Laos" which served a wonderful lemon grass chicken (cooked and served in lemon grass shoots), sticky rice (which you roll up into small balls), and a tangy dipping sauce consisting of chilli peppers and crushed peanuts. The restaurant also provided wonderful service in that the staff and menu did a great job at explaining the origins of Lao food, preparation techniques, and an extensive sampling menu to experience the various dipping sauces available. Laos also gets the award for the best coffee of my trip thus far, as well as one of the very best beers of the trip (Beer Laos). Due to the French influence of years past, there are also some fine bakeries in each town with great fresh bread and pastries.

      One thing I was not taught in school is the fact that Laos is the most bombed country on the planet as a result of U.S. bombing campaigns in the 1960's and 1970's. The bombing has resulted in much of the land in northeastern and eastern Laos being virtually unusable due to UXO's (unexploded ordnance). The ordnance that has been detonated and has left scores of people with missing limbs, providing a harsh reminder of our past actions. Maybe someday we will learn from them. VIENTIANE Yes, even the capital city (pop. 200,000) is laid-back! This pleasant city has wide landscaped boulevards, manageable traffic and virtually zero car horns, and provides a nice mix of old French colonial buildings and Laos temples/wats/stupas. Side-streets are well shaded by huge trees which reminded me quite a bit of Chico. Key sites visited included the huge Victory Monument (Patuxay), That Dam (an impressive black stupa), Pha That Luang (impressive golden stupa that is Laos' national symbol), as well as many other temples/wats scattered throughout the city.

      VANG VIENG

      A 5-hour bus ride north of Vientiane brought me to Vang Vieng, which I still don't know what to make of. The town is located in a beautiful setting with a river running right through town and beautiful limestone crags providing the backdrop. Between the river and mountains is some beautiful countryside with rice paddies and many, many caves which I explored on a great bicycle ride). The town itself, however, is pretty much overrun with travelers from Europe and the U.S. in their early 20's who hang out in cafes and Internet shops during the day, wonder the streets drunk in the evening and watch re-runs of "Friends" (I kid you not, there must be 30 different restaurants/bars that only show episode after episode of "Friends" at night...quite strange). This scene just seemed to be so out-of-place compared to the rest of Laos. So, don't come to Vang Vieng for a true Laos cultural experience.

      LUANG PRABANG

      The drive from Vang Vieng was one of the most beautiful of my entire journey as the roadway wound its way up and down green mountains and passed through banana and palm plantations, terraced rice fields, and through numerous small villages...and only one flat tire! The town of Luang Prabang is a very, very nice town...a real gem. It's been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its wonderful old French Colonial buildings and numerous temples. Due to the numerous temples, monks in their orange robes are everywhere, as well as the peaceful sounds of drums and chanting. The town is located at the confluence of two rivers (the Mekong and Nam Khan) and is densely vegetated. There are fine restaurants/cafes in the main part of town as well as some great outdoor eateries along the banks of the Mekong. There's also a nice nightly market. The scenic area is also known for some fantastic boat rides up the Mekong River, but my butt had experienced enough hard boat benches by that time (tours in Vietnam and Cambodia), so I passed on another boat ride.

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