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World’s longest Underground River

6 Jun
Did I tell you I went to the underground river?

Did I tell you I went to the underground river?

After a shakey ride in my almost private SEAir propeller jet (read here) I arrived in Puerto Princesa – the capital of Palawan Island. One phone call later I had a room in the Banwa Art Guesthouse – a bamboo affair with ethnic art smothered all over the place. Upon arrival the lady of the house told me about their package trips to the world’s longest Underground River, which was on my list of things to visit – so I jumped on the occasion and saved myself the hassle of finding transport and permits and all myself in exchange for 1500 Peso.

Having to be towed to salvation by another boat

Having to be towed to salvation by another boat

The road to the sea-side was only partly sealed – and partly a ‘massage road’… (nice way of putting it). Then was a boat ride to the entrance of the cave, where we changed to a paddle boat with guide (and funky fluorescent orange life vest and helmets) for a ride through stalagmites and tites. The trip on the river was a bit like a pre-recorded message (repetitive jokes inclusive) – but on the way back the engine of our boat broke down, so we were floating on the sea for an hour before another boat came to rescue us.

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Hallucinating in Halong Bay

13 Feb

Halong Bay - the star attraction of Vietnam

Halong Bay - the star attraction of Vietnam

Halong Bay is a definite must if you’re anywhere near Vietnam (see pictures below). It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen on my trip so far (definitely on the same level with the Angkor temples, and Kep Lodge ;-) You basically check in on a jonk boat (for a day or two or three) and float around the carst rocks that rise from the tranquil Chinese Sea, in all kind of different formations. On the trip you’re served with a meal of seafood on board, and drinks you can add yourself as many as you like, which we did ;-) We were lucky with the weather, as it is often foggy out there, so we were sunbathing on deck while taking in the scenery.

On the trip you can stop to visit some nicely lit caves and play the ‘You See What I See’ game with the tour guide, imagining different statues and scenes in the stalactites and stalagmites. Or Continue reading

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