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22nd January 2011 – The day I turned 23!! Yay!!

Woke up early and went down to the dining area for our breakfast.

3 types of breakfast to choose from the menu. In Vietnam you definitely must choose Vietnamese breakfast as you wont get to eat that back in anywhere else you live.

got myself a namecard of the hotel from the reception just in case we got lost.

A banana a day keeps constipation away

I Love banana.

a cup of coffee for him and a cup of tea for me.

A bowl of mind-blasting pho that can satisfied your tummy.

A glass of lime juice.

Chris booked ourself a tour package to Halong Bay so after done prepared we get down to the lobby and met Mai our tour guide.

He brought us to our van

and start our journey to picked up other passengers

Passed by Hoan Kiem Lake, residence of the famed 1000 year old turtle.

Halfway of the journey we had our toilet stopped.

As usual, when u take tour package this is where they always love to stopped by for you. 🙂

Ordered a cup of hot tea.

Chris ordered a fried noodle and brought up to the van for his hungry tummy

After 4 long hours, we arrived at the front entrance of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. Phew~ is like the journey from pg to kl.

walking towards the entrance.

Wow!

The junk boat we took Halong 08.

Comfortable junk boat.

He’s excited

Went up to the 2nd level of the boat and took a picture with the beautiful limestone karsts by the sea.

“when I was small I wanted to become a captain like those in Titanic….”

I present you Ha Long 08.

it was sooo soooooo so so so damn cold up there.

This is what Ha Long bay looks like, plenty of limestone karsts from the sea.

Admiring the spectacular view.

Floating farm in the center of the sea.

He’s trying to reach the top of the stone.

After done shopping at the floating market, went back up to the boat

for lunch. My birthday lunch on the boat kinda cool 🙂

Fresh clams

fresh prawns

Fishy

cabbage

taste like egg taufu

spring roll

squid

romantic lunch. Thought he might actually surprise me by asking everyone sing a birthday song for me but I guess I expect too much 🙁 Oh well, I do appreciate he brought me to Vietnam to celebrate my birthday. Thank you. Hugs!

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