On our last full day in Vietnam, DUBBUG members took a one day bus/boat tour to Halong Bay. Halong Bay is described as “newest wonder of the world” and it was clear that we could only get a taste of this world heritage listed site in such a short time. The bus ride in both directions is long, due to speed, road quality & traffic playing “chicken”, however it is a well travelled route and the stopovers were classic tourist shops with over inflated prices (even in Vietnam standards). We were herded onto our boat and rewarded with some fine local foods as we cruised towards a recently discovered limestone cave that, last year, played host to some 1 million tourists. A cruise to a floating platform with a chance to do some kayaking, and then return past “fighting cock” islands back to the mainland was a very pleasant way to spend our last few hours in Vietnam.
Everyone agreed that DUBBUG ventures have exceled with this trip to Vietnam. We are extremely grateful to Mike & Colleen for their efforts in coordinating the package. Well done guys, take a bow.
For most of us, our flight left Hanoi the next morning just after 9 am. After a 7 hour stop over in Kuala Lumpur we made it back to the Gold Coast Airport about 7 am the day after. It was a long flight, especially for Alan, however that did not deter many of our group being at the regular weekday bike ride the next morning at Urunga.