Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (14)

My last posting on my trip in Hanoi. Vietnam. Yes, still in Old Quarters.

Me on trishaw following another trishaw in front of me. It kinda nice to sit in one of them and seeing the motorbikes zooming past you.

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A spontaneous shot.

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Look at all those wires on the electric pole!!

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Sunset it approaching soon…..

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Another stall selling all sorts of things…..

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… and locals hanging outside a stall and having their dinner.

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That’s all for my journey here. So… the next question, where to next? If you want to know, then follow me on my blog to find out. =)

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So much things to see in the Old Quarters, Hanoi. You can practically takes shots after shots.

Lots of locals on their bikes and putting their bikes on the side of the road.

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A lady selling French baguette on the road side.

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Another lady selling a local dish and her customer sitting on stool enjoying their meal.

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Walking on the street selling toys

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Colourful…

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More shots of the alleys and you can see the local parking their bikes back to back.

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Follow me on my last posting on my journey in Hanoi.

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (12)

Still walking around the Hanoi’s Old Quarters. Every corner we turn, the view was full of interesting to capture.

Guess sometimes words can’t describe them as well as photos.

The Old Quarters was filled with locals and also tourist buzzing everywhere.

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Ladies looking at the choices of shoes to choose from.

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Pictures of locals eating at the side of the street having their dinner.

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Beautiful flowers for sale.

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Along my walk, I managed to bump into a small wet market alley; something I like to venture as this was where all the happening and things among the locals which a tourist may not see on the Main Street. .

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More pictures to come in my next post. 😊

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (11)

Today we are heading back to Hanoi’s Old Quarters which is near Hoan Kiem lake. It has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. The city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewelry, etc.

Our first stop was St. Joseph’s Cathedral; a church on Nha Tho Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.

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Exterior of the cathedral

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Interior with the view of the alter.

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From the church we took the trishaw to get around the old quarters. Socialist statue by Ho Kiem Lake.

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The locals on their motorbikes and lots of trishaws too.

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It is always nice to slowly walk along the road or little small alleys in the old quarters as you can really see the life of the Vietnamese people there.

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Vietnamese dolls ….. So many types and so colourful as souvenirs.

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A common sight of stalls selling specialize in just one thing.

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More pictures to come on old quarters. Stay tune….

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Welcome back! This was the next morning. Yup we stayed on board the junk for the night. There were about 10 room (if I recall correctly) on lower deck each room was equipped with aircon, shower and a window with a view. =)

In the morning, we took a boat ride along the protected bay. As you can see, the water was so calm.

The shot below was our boat where they anchored 2 junk together as we went in a big group and had to use 2 junks.

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Some people from the other junks took the chance to do some canoeing.

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Another shot of our boat…

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Then we headed through one of the caves to get over the other side.

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going through the tunnel passage.

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Locals coming with their goods to sell to the tourist like us.

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Heading back.. we passed a fishing floating village in the bay area.

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Do you see a guy’s face?

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So the next question, where’s next? Wanna know…. then see me on my next posting. =)

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Heading out from the Cat Ba Cave, the junk too us to another island which is the Hang Hanh of Bo Hon Island where there is a beach and also also a beautiful view of the sunset from the highest point on the island.

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Closer view of the junks as our junk passed by.

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A view from the highest point on the island waiting for the….

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yes.. sunset!!

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then it was off again on the junk to another area where we stayed on the junk boat for the night.

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Oh yes.. did I mentioned anything about the junk boat that we stayed for the night? If I did not, then I will mention this in my next post. So .. stay tune. =)

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (8)

I am still in the grotto of the from Sut Sot Cave at Halong Bay and looking out to the bay from 30m high. The view from the opening of the cave is magnificent. I took lots of photos but I decided to share only the nicest.

You can see the junk coming and going out from the jetty on Bo Hon Island.

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Loved it especially when the junk open their sail…..

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Coming down and heading back to the junk boat to continue our tour to visit another island; Cat Ba Island.

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More pictures to come. =)

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (7)

Hi.. Still with me? Good. 😊 Today we will be going to visit the famous bay in Vietnam. Located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam is the Halong Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don district. It features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest.

When we reached the bay and we were lead to our Junk. It was really fun as we had to cross in between junks to get to ours without failing into the sea. We took the the overnight cruise on the junk. There are so many junk boats in the bay to bring tourist the around the bay.

Junk boats sailing out to the bay

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while some were waiting for tourists to board their boats.

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A baeutiful scenery caught on the boat while sailing on the bay

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Arrived at Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). It is the largest cave in Halong Bay, Vietnam located at the Bo Hon Island

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Jetty at Sung Sot Cave.

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the grotto in the Sung Sot Cave.

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Like what you see? If yes, then keep following me on my next post in Halong Bay. =)

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More picture of Tam Coc (Halong Bay on Land). Guess the pictures tell you more than me writing. LOL!!

Still on the boat ride on the rice paddies and enjoying the beautiful view and reflection of the rock formation around the Tam Coc.

 

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Local kids on the boat…

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Another house next to the trail.

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Heading to one of the 3 caves in Tam Coc.

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Another beautiful reflection of the rock formation on still waters.

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Still with me? Mmmm where will I be heading next? Wanna to know.. then follow me on my next posting. =)

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (5)

Thanks for staying with me on my trail of Hanoi. Before I continue, let me share with you some information about the place that we will be visiting.

Ninh Binh is 90km away from Hanoi and is a popular destination for its’ beautiful tourist sites such as Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Kenh Ga and Cuc Phuong National Park but today, the place of our interest is Tam Coc.

Tam Coc is known as Halong Bay on land for its’ breathtaking scenery. While Halong Bay features huge rock formations jutting out o the sea, Tam Coc has them jutting out of its rice paddies. Tam Coc means three caves; that is Hang Ca (the first), Hang Giua (the second) and Hang Cuoi (the smallest).

Our trip started with a boat trip which took us to all three caves. It took us about two hours; to and fro. Ok enough of writing. Lets enjoy the photos now.

Starting point to catch our boat ride which can carry a maximum of 3 adults which includes the ‘captain’.

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Yup.. you saw it right. It leg pedal power!!

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You bend down to go under the bridge or else….. Yes. Everyone had to bend down to cross the bridge to get to the caves.

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Waiting your turn to cross under the bridge. It is a single lane and everyone has to wait.

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A house built next to the trail.

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Beautiful scenery of the rock formation next to the rice paddies.

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Passing close to the rock formation heading to the caves.

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Trails of boats on both direction heading to and away from the caves.

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Love the photos so far? If yes, there are more to come. So keep following me on my next posting.