Vietnam is my favorite country so far in asia. Been there twice, first time went on a motobike road trip in south Vietnam, this time went to north Vietnam.
One week trip: Hanoi – HaLong Bay – CatBa island – Monkey island – Hanoi – SaPa – Hanoi
This article i will write about Hanoi to HaLong Bay
Went with my friend Jeff, one day we were just talking how boried was going to party all the time and get terrible hangover the next day, so we decided to went on a trip, a cheap backpacker trip.
Actually, this is my very first time staying in a hostel (backpacker), was special experience which i didnt sleep well because there were a drunky talking loud and threw up in the middle of night.
Miss banh mi sooooo much, had few good ones in south which cost like 10-15ntd. In taiwan cost 70-80ntd.
Last time i didnt try any pho, always had rice with meat, Jeff was telling me how delicious it was.
I tried it…..wow..amazing, ended up had pho everyday sometimes even twice a day
Less than 200ntd(6USD) a night, including breakfast, hostels are so cheap in vietnam!!
Me taking pictures, like every asian does.
Stayed for a night, the second day took a small bus about three or four hours to HaLong Bay. Only Jeff and I didn’t join the tour, they paid 190USD for boat tour.
Crazy vietnam traffic.
Literally took us about three mins just tried to cross the road.
Found a bakery around , pretty cheap but not tasty…or maybe just not my type of food.
We were planning not going to any tour on this entire trip… but vietnamese were too good to convince us.
We ended up join a tour which cost 90USD, including three meals(lunch/ dinner/ breakfast), one night sleep on boat, kayaking for one or two hours,free beer after dinner, amazing sunrise, drive us right to CatBa island the next day.
ALL SAYS THE SALES.
Boats with few rooms.
Apparently, our boat wasn’t there, we had to take a small boat to our boat.
Looks very different from what they showed us…
This is where we eat and drink, also where the vietnamese sleep.
The only chill place on this boat.
HaLong Bay is spectacular.
Looks like i had a great time.
Basically lunch and dinner were very simillar food, but thats the only thing we had , still almost finish it all. There were a Polish couple who drinks vodka shots all the time, four Portuguese students, two German girls, two guys which i dont remember where they from, three Taiwanese and us on this boat.
After lunch was kayak time!!
I was so excited, first time kayaking, but that night was miserable, my hands were way to sore, couldnt sleep all night…
Polish couple didnt come, i guess they were affraid to fall because they been drinking shots lol.
Met other tourist from another boat.
Fisher man… didnt know where he came from… i thought we were in the middle of no where, maybe like one hour drive from harbor.
After dinner was free beer time, the Polish dude which doesnt speak much english, was the happiest one, more than Jeff
He told us: l love beer, drinking is good, i love drink.
After a while, felt like should be midnight already, but i looked at my watch, was only 9pm, that’s why old people sleep at 9 or 10.
One of the portuguese guy.
Woke up around 5 am in the moring for sunrise, but we were too lucky to had two mountains right in front of the sun…
Picture is still alright.
Jeff looks like a vietnamese, local talked to him in vietnamese all the time.
I saw three or four mouses in the kithchen when i woke up….couldnt eat breakfast after that
Afternoon arrived CatBa island, onlt Polish couple and us went on island.they were going to some resorts for a few nights, we were just gonna go to center and figure things out.
There was one small stand at the harbor, the first thing Polish dude did, was grab a beer .
somehow a vietanmese started talking to him, was pretty funny to see two guys tried to communicate in english, but they both couldn’t speak well.
Polish guy told him his country has many kind of alcohol, he even made by his own, but he doesnt sell it, he drinks all.
Say bye to our boat.
CatBa, had to take one hour private bus to city center.
Polish guy and his wife, i hope her middle finger was just by accident….