Wednesday, May 23, 2007

too much sun will burn

mr 'tourist guide', hung, told me, "you've not been to vietnam, if you don't go to halong bay".

wokeigh ... halong bay, here i come!

the vietnamese name of halong bay - "vinh ha long" means "bay of the descending dragon". legend has it that when the vietnamese were under attack in some ancient time, the jade emperor sent mother dragon + her child dragons down to earth to their aid, impeding the progress of the enemy.

the mythical monsters a.k.a mrs dragon + co, in geological terms, is a combination of the wind + water that weathered the porous limestone over millions of years to create the bizarre outcrops colonised by stunted + twisted pokok2 + kayu-kayan. apparently, some plants that have adapted to live on halong's islands are found nowhere else in the world.

halong bay is like a labyrinth. it'll take more than 3 days at sea to cover the whole of halong bay, but i could only afford 5 hours.

maybe when i've made my dosh, i'll come again to explore the dense cluster of 1,969 islands + islets.
the dog looking after halong bay's cluster of islands + islets


wegra the jais undercover skodeng orang pak toh

*snigger*

the trong mai islet (above) or in vietnamese, hon trong mai, means male + female chicken island. i read, it was named so because the two islands look like a pair of chicken lovingly playing with each other above the sea. what's interesting, the islet has been christened by the struggling laymen as the 'fighting cocks'.

i call 'em the 'kissing rocks'. :op

i leave you with traffic - 'paper sun'







18 comments:

cHikAnoZ said...

stunning!

Angel Eyes said...

Take me to halong bay nowwwwwwwww!

*jumps straight into the water*

Cik Puan Muda Stress said...

eh, macam best je pulak vietnam ni.. gambar2 pun macam chantek.. berpulau hopping rupanya cik weggy ni... padanlah tanned..

Naziah said...

jeles nye la kat org2 yg boleh berbackpacking.... gue mau jugak tapi ngak bisa ya skarang ini. gi mana sih? tahun depan gue pasti mau berjalan2. bukan backpacking la tapinya (i wish abu would let me go... iskiskisk)...

wegra said...

chikanoz

i didn't get to capture the stunning bit ... was too busy being jakun

angel eyes

don't jump yet ... the water nearer to the main land is very the kotor ... must move further out

cik pms

ya ... saya agak hitam sekarang

ziah

well, when your kids dah besar, abu + you can backpack with them. i on the other hand, the late bloomer, by the time my kids besar, i'd probably be too kerepot to backpack with them.

:o)

Desparil said...

is that where they did the Amazing Race?

Queer Ranter said...

OMG~~~

I wanna go Vietnam again. Spent my childhood there.

david santos said...

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mummy-o said...

Bestnyer...i wanna go there too!

Where next wegz?!

n|ns said...

if i go to vietnam, i'll print out all these entries as guidance :P

gravtkills said...

your tour guide is william hung?

fara / ly-d said...

wahhh best nye backpackkkkk... uhuks... i missed my boat when i was studyin in oz. mak sudah make sure i promise not to go outback by myself.. aiyayaa... mana shiok pegi ramai2.. tak feel laaa

ti.e.na said...

cant wait for bangkok!;)

widz said...

weggy,

i dream of backpacking in prague in a couple of years' time.

wanna join me? (angan2 lama nih)

wegra said...

des

really?! they shot amazing race there?!

demmit! we don't share the same knowledge, we don't think alike, do we? before i go anywhere, remind me to pick your brain so that i don't leave anything out ... e.g. screaming GOOODDDD MOOOORRRNINGGGG VIETNAMMMMMMM!!!!

why oh why didn't i think of that ...

queer ranter

really?! oh wow!!! do you know how to speak vietnamese then? i didn't pick the language because i was able to survive on english + broken french. i wish i did ...

david santos

i feel for the family

mummy-o

errr ... where next?! ... gulp! ... maybe singapore, jakarta + bangkok this year ... insya allah

nina

you need more than what i have to offer ... i went banyak meraban ... didn't do much homework

:op

gravtkills

hmmmmmm ... cousins perhaps.

ly-d

kalo pegi ramai2 + semua kepala backpacking, buleh feel jugak kot

my mom bising gaks ... i seb phone ya roaming, boleh call pe. :op

nanti your daughter nak go backpacking, donch go melarang, let her go + check on her thru her mobile je ok. hehe!

tiena

ok ... ok ... kene korek bangkok details

weed

NAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it starts with a dream ...

Desparil said...

i'm not sure.. think so la... could be wrong...

wegra said...

des

yeah? it could be laa kot, 'cos the place is quite fofular with the ang moh ...

halongbayvietnam said...

A wonderful Halong Bay trip with Halong Bay Vietnam Website:

Just south of China in the far northeast corner of Vietnam is a bay of nearly 2,000 islands. It is in many ways the cradle of Vietnamese civilization, with an archaeological record 25,000 years old. Fishermen have lived on these islands and waters for millennia. Some villagers rarely set foot on land, spending most of their lives in boats and floating homes.

Halong Bay is also one of the most beautiful places on earth, which is why hordes of tourists hop on junk boats made to look old and they cruise those islands, stopping hither and yon to explore caves and mountains. You can imagine how good the seafood is — and you’d be wrong. It’s even better. True, the life on land isn’t so pretty and the town is a bit of a pit. But you’d be hard-pressed to find better crab or shrimp or saltwater fish than what you’ll eat every day in Halong Bay.

If you get your hands on December’s issue of Gourmet, you can learn more about Halong Bay in my feature, “On the Waterfront.” I haven’t even seen it yet (it takes a while for my copy to get here, and the issues on the shelves around here are always at least two months old). If Halong City is ever on your itinerary, be sure to try the local seafood restaurants on the street heading uphill, around the corner from the post office. Cross the bay to the “other” Halong City to check out the seafood market.