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hanoi, sapa, halong bay

Alright people! Here are some more pictures!

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Hoan Kiem Lake, HaNoi. I thought it looked better in black and white. This was at the center of the "old town."

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Temple of Literature, HaNoi.

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This was taken from a balcony at a really cheap bar, Qua Bia Minh in HaNoi.

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The platform getting on the night train to Sapa, HaNoi. People scatter and dodge trains. It's crazy.

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Where we stopped for lunch and for a break from the rain, Sapa.

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I think she is Zao, and there were these yaks everywhere. Sapa.

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Children riding a yak, Sapa. Supposedly this is a really famous symbol of Vietnamese country.

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The sons of the family we stayed with in Sapa. They were very shy at first, but then we taught them "rock,paper, scissors" and they were very fascinated with the hitting part. Once I taught them the hand-slapping game, it was out of control.

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Sini smoking tobacco from the traditional bamboo pipe. This is also the man of the house.

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Traditional dress of the tribe. Needless to say, my big Western body didn't fit.

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This was our view from the house while eating breakfast.

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Waterfall in Sapa. This took a lot of maneuvering in non-hiking shoes.

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We didn't walk on this bridge, but other people did. Sapa.

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Mikey expected to stay at the Holiday Inn in Hanoi. This was not. The Manh Dung hotel, HaNoi.

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The cave we went into looked like it came straight from the Goonies. Halong Bay.

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Halong Bay.

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To sleep, our houseboat dropped anchor in the middle of the caves. This was Sunset, Halong Bay.

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This was the view out of our window in the morning, Halong Bay.

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We went trekking on Cat Ba Island, where we stayed, and it stormed and rained pretty much the whole time. This is the view from the top.

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Mikey and I, Korean-style. Halong Bay.

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A crazy-looking spider we had to cross to continue. This is when I learned to use the super-closeup function on my camera.

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People really live here. Notice the TV antennas? Also, they just dump their trash in the water which, along with the diesel, has severely polluted Halong Bay. Interesting lifestyle though.

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This was on the boat ride to the place we kayaked. The water is really that color.

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This is where the caves open up into the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong Bay.

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We needn't have worried. We did see some monkeys on Monkey Island, but it was from afar. Mikey lamented the fact that there were only 30 monkeys on the island, and there were more monkeys on other islands...so why is this one called Monkey Island? Discuss amongst yourselves.

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View as we were leaving, sunburns and all.

To be continued....

Posted by lrbergen 04:17 Archived in Vietnam Tagged photography

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