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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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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,

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To the cities by the sea!

Ho Chi Minh, its time to say goodbye.  Phillip is going to get some new shoes and another storage rack for my laptop bag!  Although there are mechanics at just about every 200 meters (they literally have mechanics on street corners with a box of tools and a portable gas air pump – no shop!), I dont want to hit the long road with a front tire that is full of cracks, so safety first – get a new tire!  All in under and hour – and for $30, I get a new tire, a new rack and a throttle adjustment.  It feels like a lot more however when you