Motorcycle & Marine Madness
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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Wandering, or should I say dodge-walking, the streets of Hanoi for two days took us to some of the tourist sites including a memorable experience at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. With guards snapping at us to queue here, march forward there, keep silent, hats off, hands out of pockets, we formed a solemn procession that passed by Uncle Ho's preserved body (that returns to Russia for 2 months a year to be restored).
Here For a Good Time Not Ha Long Time
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars
Although cloudy with intermittent rain, our 3-day, 2-night trip to the famous UNESCO world heritage site was really fun. We stayed on a fairly small triple deck boat with 13 cabins in amongst a sea packed with boats of varying sizes. One can imagine how magical this kind of trip was 20 years ago when your boat may have been one of just a handful. Mary and I arose for a 6:45am Tai Chi class on the open top deck, then joined Jim and our fellow crew mates for breakfast followed by a long list of activities for the day. Our favourite was kayaking to see a group of monkeys engaged in, what looked to be, a territorial fight across almost completely vertical cliff edges. Their speed and agility was surpassed only by their evident strategy. We sat in our kayaks mesmerized until a zodiac full of tourists hooting and hollering swept into the quiet bay.
Ha Long Bay, rain or shine, is an incredibly picturesque place. We met some really nice fellow travellers on our boat, ate fantastic meals and enjoyed the surrounding scenery.
Return to Motorcycle Madness
From the quasi-quiet to the noise of Hanoi was startling
Sadly, this was our departure point from Mary. Mary caught an early flight to Saigon to meet up with a tour heading into Cambodia while Jim and I ventured on a night train to Sapa in northern Vietnam. Adios mi amigo!