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      Cool Halong Bay - Vietnam!

      Hi Guys,
      So, I made a visit to couple of destinations in 2019. First being Thailand and second - Vietnam. Though, I was quite amazed by Thai people, this destination is covered quite extensively already. And hence I thought to pen down a travelogue/photologue to the trip to Vietnam which i undertook during lunar year/Chinese new year vacation.

      Vietnam is a very beautiful place with very helpful and smiling people. I visited Hanoi - the capital and Halong Bay - a UNESCO heritage site(became more famous since the movie Kong - Skull island featuring our very own 'Loki', 'Captain Marvel' and 'Fury').

      Lets focus on Halong Bay in this log first and we see if Hanoi can be added here.
      In one pic, this is what you will be welcomed with in Halong Bay - large collection (hundreds/thousands) of limestone rocks rising from water covering a huge area of sea.

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      We landed Hanoi airport in evening and due to pre Lunar year eve found that bus service to old town was only till some 4-5 pm. This made us to take a shared taxi which cost almost 120000 Vietnamese Dong. Below quick pic was taken from the cab.

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      The next day we looked for various options for day tour to Halong Bay, bargained and finalized one. continued with sightseeing in old town for the rest of day. The other day we reached at 7:30 am to the local tour office(much like we wait at our local volvo office in Hyderabad/pune/mumbai,b'lore,etc ). trip starts from old town itself.
      Below is the marina station from where you take the cruise to Halong Bay. Till here, a good couple of hour journey, is done by a mini bus(comfortable and air conditioned).

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      The cruise/boat

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      The interior. it has a open top deck as well.

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      And off we went. Lunch was served soon after which had quite basic to offer to the vegetarian people which is me.
      A passerby.

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      First stop came after 30-40 on the cruise. This was cave tour formed naturally.

      The parking

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      Cave name

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      And the cave itself -

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      to be continued..

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      Nice pics. Bring on more. Halong Bay has been in bucket list since "Tomorrow never dies" launched.

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      Sorry for delay guys, but I am not able to upload pics via iPad. My MacBook isn’t with me either
      Will surely update the thread later.
      Meanwhile, did a weekend trip to Langkawi, Malaysia last month. Along with this, will share a log for that as well.

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      Continued...

      Second stop was a boating stop which looked quite fascinating. There was kayak option as well but we were not in adventurous mood over sea

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      The 3rd stop was titop island which had a small man made beach and a hilltop hiking place which provided great views.
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      Titop Island - The Last stop after which we moved back to shore.

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      And after couple of hours Final good bye to our small cruise boat -

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      Next day was planned for local sightseeing in Hanoi.

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