Halong bay, the non-touristy way. 

jobba hemma aktiebolag Halong bay ❤

الخيارات الثنائية تعيش إشارات حرة This is the only place that was in my things-not-to-miss in Vietnam list before coming here and I managed to go here for 3 days and 2 nights. 

http://wilsonrelocation.com/?q=%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%83%D8%B3 When you are in Hanoi, all the information centres or hostels are flooded with tours for Halong. They range from single day to 3D/2N tours. 

http://theshopsonelpaseo.com/?syzen=%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%85&8c3=47 One thing that I’ve seen amongst travellers is how much they loathe organised tours! I fall in this category. So instead of spending 90$ for 2 days or 135$ for a 3D/2N trip, I decided to go on my own. It ended up being much cheaper. 

http://gl5.org/?prikolno=%D8%AA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B9%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%87&551=0b Hoang Long bus company has an all transfers inclusive bus to Cat Ba islands which is the biggest island in Halong. This costs roughly 9$. This takes away the hassle of bus+motor bike+boat+bus being booked separately and at the same time is pretty much the same cost. 

الخيارات الثنائية منظومة العمل السعر On the islands I stayed at Cat Ba central hostel which was an epic fucking hostel for 5$. The free breakfast was easily worth 2-3$. And look at the view from the dorm:

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2 nights at the hostel cost me 10$. 

here I rented a scooter for a day and drove around all of the island. It was 6$ with petrol and the best way to see some amazing views. Behold:

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Some of these places had entry tickets which were 5$ in total. 

go site On the third day when coming back I chose the option to come back via Halong City instead of Hai Phong. There is a 4 hour tour of Halong on a ferry that is run for which the price is fixed by the govt. Usually people take cruises. I didn’t end up taking it though, because I got up late and didn’t see the point to the tour since I got good views on the boat back. My independent bus+boat+bus journey back was 11$. And I got some of these classic Halong views:

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41$ in total, along with having immense independence to explore and see things I liked. 

Random adventures #1

http://parts.powercut.co.uk/?risep=%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%B3&78d=60 So this is the first random adventure on this trip. It’s been a week now and I’m at Cat Ba islands in Vietnam. I didn’t take my bike with me on this one and made this a sort of side trip. My bike adventures will start when I get back to Hanoi. 

click here Wanting to see sunrise at Cat Ba, I asked my hostel guys to tell me where the best place is, to see this. They told me to go to Cannon Fort. I asked the time and one guy said “Go at 4, 4:30”. I said “alright”. 

http://www.dramauk.co.uk/?arapyza=%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%A5%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%A9&0c8=00 I woke up next morning at 4:20 and got ready to go. It looked quite dark so I hung around till 4:50. The place wasn’t far, but when I reached the gates were closed. I had read on wikitravel, that there’s an entree fee of 40k dong. It also told me that there is another path before the entrance that leads to a place with similar views and is free. The adventurer in me took this opportunity and decided to head out. 

It was pitch dark and I was a little scared but I started walking on the trail using my phone torch. Praying the entire time that I don’t find dogs, I walked for about 10 mins and reached a place that had a few homes. And then it happened, the barks tore the silence. Hoping the dog wasn’t lose, I immediately turned around, backtracked my steps, came to my bike and left.