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Ha Long Bay – Where Ground Rises Sky High

Posted by on September 16th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Vietnam | 25 comments

“This wonder is ground rising up into the middle of the high sky” Nguyễn Trãi   We watched the majestic stone islands rising vertically from the calm sea. Straight rock faces ricing directly with lush green jungles pushing out where ever they could; such a bizarre sight and definitely one of the most popular sights in Vietnam. And here we finally were. Our journey had taken us from Saigon to Ha Long Bay, sort of like that Top Gear episode about Vietnam, except we didn’t drive the whole route with scooters and we went to Cambodia and Laos along the way. But I am quite interested in driving thru Vietnam on a motorbike; if anybody has done it, let me know. Anyway, we had gotten into a bus in the early hours of the day in Hanoi, which had...

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Island Hopping at El Nido

Posted by on January 19th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 36 comments

[Not a valid template] So I actually did reach El Nido against all odds. And next day I was ready to explore the place, but why was I here? I hadn’t gone to all that effort just to enjoy the beach by town; I was here to do some island hopping on the famous archipelago. Well, I had hoped to also do some scuba diving, but I just didn’t have time for it anymore. You’ll have no problem finding a tour operator to sell you an island hopping tour, there are dozens of tour operators. It seems that everybody and their cat can sell you an island hopping tour here. All the tours are also standardized, so it’s easy to shop around. The tours offered are *cue the suspense music*: Tour A Tour B Tour C Tour D I...

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Tahiti – expensive paradise

Posted by on June 9th, 2011 in Photos, Polynesia, Tahiti | 2 comments

[Not a valid template] I stepped off my plane, it was hot and humid even thou it was already eleven o’clock in the evening – very promising. There was a band playing ukuleles and girls handing out flowers as I made way towards the airport building, creating a very relaxed atmosphere. Then I spotted the express queue for European passport holders, just like in Europe, no visa forms, no stamps, no nothing, as I had just arrived to France. What? We are in the middle of Pacific, last that I checked Paris was over 15000 kilometers away. But no, Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, which in turn belongs to France. Thou they use their own currency here, the Pacific Franc. I wonder if it should be the Pacific Euro these days. Oh well. [Not a valid template] [Not...

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