All jokes aside …

20 Jun

Sometimes, I have to put my fumbling attempts to be ‘entertaining’ and ‘humorous’ aside, step back, and let Vietnam speak for itself.

These photos are from a recent trip to Lan Ha Bay, a less touristy, though equally beautiful neighbour to the more famous Halong. My fellow volunteers and I were taking part in an eco-tourism kayaking weekend to help clean up the Bay in honour of World Environment Day.

Imagine paddling around in an aquatic dreamscape of cool, calm water punctuated by dramatic limestone karsts, God Rays, and occasional birdsong. Now just book a budget flight or two and get here.

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3 Responses to “All jokes aside …”

  1. Elysse Goddard June 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Can you hire the kayaks any time around there or were they specifically brought in for World Environment Day?

    How long did it take to get there from Hanoi?

    Bus/Taxi/Bicycle?

    Sorry, lots of questions but it looks amazing!!

    • Mike Pope June 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      Hi Elysse,

      We went with a Handspan Travel tour that included a return 2 hour bus ride from Hanoi to Haiphong and a 45 minute ferry to Cat Ba Island. The kayaks from Ben Beo Pier, amazing beach bungalow accommodation, dinner, breakfast and boat back to Ben Beo were also included for US$75. I hear that you can rent kayaks independently but without a guide you might get pretty lost amongst the maze of bays and coves. I definitely think this is one case where a tour is well worth your extra pennies (and I’m generally wary of tours).

  2. June Maitland June 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Hello Mike,

    The photos are spectacular, I might see if Sandy or Thomas can make one in to a desk top picture for me.

    June

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