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Not exactly China!

Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient, City of Life, Asia’s World City – so many names for one city.  A large busy city with impeccable public transportation and quite possibly one of the most vertical cities built.  The center of trade of hundreds of years, a major harbor, and history dating back to nearly 40,000 years ago, and people from every part of the world, Hong Kong is most definitely a sight to see. First off, before I can even get to Hong Kong I have to leave Vietnam.  Up to this point I have not had any issues on my trip, but now as I am going through Vietnam’s immigration to

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Dragons to Dungeons

With as nice as Halong Bay is, it is time to say goodbye and be onwards to Vietnam’s capitol of Hanoi.  Located on the Northern side of the country it used to be separate from the south before the end of the Vietnam war.  Once the American troops pulled out and the north descended upon Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the separation was cut and the two were merged and reunited to be one country. The road from Halong to Hanoi is pretty boring…not much to see besides other vehicles and small towns.  I saw a few more dog/cat meat restaurants but did not feel the urge to stop and investigate

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Dragons rising from the sea

Halong Bay is located on the north east area of Vietnam.  It is near China (170kms from the border crossing).  It is an extremely popular travel destination for tourists and locals alike.  With over 1900 islands and over 1500 square kilometers of space it is not hard to get lost in this bay of dragons!  Historians have traced culture back to as far as 18,000 BC to the Halong region, and much more recent history involving China and wars between big clans during the 13th century.  As recent as the Vietnam War, there were mines placed in spots in the harbor by the American Military and some maritime personnel still fear

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To the Bay of Dragons!

Caves are stunning creations. Rock formations are spectacular.  Rock formations in the middle of bodies of water can be even more stunning.  This is Halong Bay, also called the “descending dragon bay”.  Halong Bay is a series of 1969 islands surrounded by over 1500 square kilometers of water.  Its huge.  No, its enormous! covered in islands, caves, holes, nooks and crannies everywhere.  Because of its sheer size and beauty it is a very popular tourist attraction and has been commercialized quite a bit, so be advised if you do come see it, there will be lots of people to see it, whether at the low season or the high season.

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A race against the sun!

From the beaches to the mountains. From the water to the trees.  From wet to, well, more wet! Natural tunnels underground, created by water and millions of years – Caves.  Caves are stunning natural creations and quite a site to see.  Some of the most spectacular views are found here and also is home to some of the biggest and longest caves ever found. Exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park (Location Link) can easily take weeks to see all it has to offer. In a day I tried to see two of the more popular locations – Phong Nha Cave and Thiên Đường Cave (Paradise Cave).  Phong Nha cave is the more

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Threaded!

Welcome to Hoi An, considered by some to be the tailoring capitol of the world.  An old market, a Japanese Covered bridge, a very busy harbor in the 16th through 18th century, and tailor shops – everywhere.  Hoi An is a beautiful city, it has beautiful beaches with clear waters, wonderful people and great food.  It is however full of tourists due to the fact that you can have custom made clothing done here for cheap!  A full suit – from cashmere/wool mix costs a mere $80, a dress shirt to go with it – $15, all made to size!  Granted these prices I’m quoting are the lower prices of the area,