Me on a moto-taxi
Here is a short video of a local crossing the street in Hanoi.
I am back from the Halong Bay tour, which was much more posh than I expected! We explored the beautiful bay of bluegreeninsh water surrounding many limestone islands and towers, aboard a beautiful old junk. (why do they call boats junks?) I had my own cabin with air conditioning and a private bathroom and shower.There were only five of us on the tour, me and two really nice Australian couples. We had a guide, a chef, and several crew members who waited on us hand and foot, and served us delicious seafood meals.After exploring a cave and seeing floating fishing villages, we anchored the boat and kayaked into a beautiful cove where we saw jellyfish and monkeys, and took a swim. We spent the night anchored.
The next day we visited an island that is a national park where we hiked through the rainforest and limestone mountains. On theisland we visited the shack of an elderly woman who served us tea. She and her husband have permission fromthe government to live on the island as its caretakers, sort of the local version of forest rangers. They live in a thatched structure with tarps for walls, and they subsiston their gardens, chickens and fish that they raise, and whatever they can gather from the land.
We spent the second night in a hotel on Cat Ba Island, and the next day we headed back to Hanoi. All this, three days of adventure including transportation, lodging and meals, for US $98!