Hanoi #2, Vietnam

Many travellers say that Halong Bay, a world heritage site, is the most beautiful place they have been and the highlight of their SE Asia trip. Surreal limestone rock spires rise hundreds of feet above the bay covered in a lush green jungle. Boats glide effortlessly through the still, crystal blue waters, and supposedly the sunsets are spectacular. Nick had actually travelled back to Vietnam for the THIRD time to see Halong Bay since he had missed out the firs two times.

We showed up at the travel agency ready to catch our bus only to learn that Typhoon #2 had decided to grace us with its presence! That coupled with the fact the first typhoon had demolished the island we were supposed to spend the night on, the day quickly turned into a bit of a disaster. We now had 3 days until our plane left for Cambodia, a traveling companion who had been to Vietnam 3 times, Halong Bay was no longer an option, and no place to stay! Perfect.

So we forfeited our ticket and headed for the sun of S. Thailand putting the frustration of the last 24 hours behind us and vowing to return one day and visit Halong Bay.

Clark was literally up in arms over missing Halong Bay.

Clark and his new friend reacting to Halong Bay

The only thing chill about this part of the trip is the following picture…


Chill Zone: Low


About Clark & Noel

Welcome to Looking for the Chill Zone, our attempt to escape from the hectic life of San Francisco to find peace, serenity and utter fulfillment in the rainforests, beaches, temples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Yes, our quest to become bikram yoga instructors, live in an ashram and find our spiritual center point is finally here. This blog is co-written by Noel Rosencranz-Engelmann and Clark Stephens, or Clark Stephens and Noel Rosencranz-Engelmann, depending on the entry. Bonus points for those who can tell who wrote which entry. Bonus points for people that cannot.
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One Response to Hanoi #2, Vietnam

  1. ngatin2 says:

    Good tipGood trip and report for me. Thanks alot.

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