A four hour drive north of Hanoi, most people take a two or three day boat trip on the bay, however as we were short on time we took a very quick one day tour. While we didn't get to see that much of the bay, it was still a beautiful trip as we weaved our way throughout the sculptural karst islands. We stopped at one of the floating villages and explored an island before making our way back to Halong City and back to Hanoi. A long but memorable day!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
After six glorious days in Luang Prabang, we were off to Hanoi, Vietnam where we spent a couple of days exploring, shopping and eating as much Vietnamese fare as possible, before heading home.
I have a bit of a soft spot for Vietnam, and Hanoi in particular, as it was the very first destination I visited independently after finishing school. On that trip I well and truly caught the travel bug and it was there that I fell in love with travel photography (you can see some photos from that trip here and here).
Hanoi was just as I had remembered it, busy, loud - full of life and lot's of character. There were a few more cars, but other than that it definitely still had it's charm.We walked around the Old Quarter, meandering our way through streets specialising in goods such as shoes, lanterns, cane to cooking utensils and fabric. It's such a fascinating area with many layers and influences from different eras including such as French colonial rule. And the food. Oh the food.
It was good to be back!
next: Halong Bay and one more post from Hanoi.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
This is my last post from Luang Prabang, Laos.
Thank you for baring with me and the many, many photos I have posted! I will do a trip wrap up at the very end, combing Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam, sharing some of my tips and favourite spots.