Halong Bay, Hanoi & Monkey Island- A Photo Diary

Floating Village in Halong Bay.
Floating Village in Halong Bay.

This post is long over-due and I have been meaning to upload these pictures of Vietnam for a while. Before taking the express bus to Sapa, I spent 3 days exploring crazy Hanoi and the beautiful natural wonders of Halong Bay. I also took a boat to Monkey Island, a private little resort just off of Cat Ba Island.

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    1. I just did it through my hotel. There are also loads of travel agencies in Hanoi that can do it for you. And yes- I would recommend it! It had wi-fi and was actually on time (which is shocking is SE Asia lol)

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      1. Was it reasonably priced? Oh wow that sounds luxurious, Sapa is definitely worth the effort? (I’m bombarding you with 21 questions again, apologies!)

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      2. No worries! Are you talking about the bus pricing? Because yes- I remember it being reasonable and I think it’s cheaper then the overnight train. I think Sapa is certainly worth a visit but that’s partly because it’s stunning and provides great photo opportunities. I also had a great time trekking there.

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      3. I meant Halong Bay, I’d imagine that’s expensive?
        Does the bus to Sapa take you directly from Hanoi and vice versa? I’m probably too unfit to trek haha.

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      4. Yes, it takes you directly from Hanoi. So we went to Halong Bay and then back to Hanoi to take the bus.
        The bus/boat tour around Halong Bay was fairly pricy for SE Asia- I think it was 45-50$ per person.

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      5. For 3 days? That still sounds quite reasonable when you’re still in Western mode haha, I’m sure when I get used to Asian pricing I’ll feel like I’m being robbed.

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  1. Great pics. It is a truly great place in the summer months. The journey to Halong Bay from Hanoi is longer than you think, but there is a good Novotel Hotel at the Bay which is cheap. Nice for a night’s stay.

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