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Belinda’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 09 Feb 2005

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

MapChuc Mung Nam Moi!
Happy New Year! Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year here in Vietnam. The Vietnamese are having a holiday, proudly adorning new clothes & spending the day with family. Tomorrow is also a holiday for most, and the day will be spent visiting neighbours & friends. It's the most important Vietnamese celebration for the year, akin to Christmas celebrations in Australia.
Peg & I have just returned from a 2 day tour of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Very beautiful with lovely limestone islands dotting the sea, but aslo very touristy. For most of the tour we felt like cattle being herded from a natural attraction to the next meal, and then on to the next attraction. It's nice to feel like an individual...