Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Our flight into Hanoi was SIMPLE and QUICK! Such a refreshing ordeal after so many long torturous bus rides. Hanoi is a bustling capitol. There are no traffic lights and thousands of mopeds swirling around the city. As a pedestrian you best pay attention to every step you take or you would be trampled on im sure. Even though Hanoi is a busy city, it is not at all overwhelming like Bangkok. We spent days 3 days in Hanoi exploring the old quarter, eating pho (soup) while sitting on plastic chairs and tables, made for 2 year olds and making sure our toes didnt get run over!

Halong Bay, is a Unesco World Heritage sight, with hundreds of Karsts jetting out of the ocean (bay) in the most northern part of Vietnam, near China. Legend has it that dragons were the cause of all the karts.

We decided to book a 3 day 2 night tour through the Hanoi Backpacker Hostel. It is an exclusive tour just for their hostel, which brings you through Halong Bay and you stay on their private island “Castaway”. We thought it would be a better choice then choosing from one of the MANY tours that are sold throughout Hanoi, where you dont really know what the quality would be. Well our trip was quite entertaining thats for sure. We ended up with 40 permanently DRUNK and OBNOXIOUS Brits and Aussies all in our 20’s. The trip was a 3 day long Booze cruise, throughout beautiful Halong Bay. We got to go kayaking, wakeboarding, and rock climbing as well. Which for Mike and I was the deal breaker for booking the trip. Wakeboarding in the ocean! The accommodation was basic, beds full of sand with blankets that have never been washed! But HEY after a couple beers it doesnt matter right?! (wrong). In all it was a fun experience, but i think im start ting to learn that 1: I dont like tours. You dont get the freedom and flexibility that traveling on your own offers. 2: Im 26 going on 30. I dont like frat boys or beer pong parties with a bunch of 20 year olds acting like possesd children. ( aussies and Brits all have drinking issues). Really what I want is a glass of wine, a quite relaxing beach front hotel room, and a good book! Hawaii in 1 month ?!

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