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Gulf of Thailand

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As our time in Asia came winding down we planned for the last few days to be spent relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean.  With not quite enough time to make it to the islands of southern Thailand, we opted for the beach resort town of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, about a 3.5 hour train ride from Bangkok.  Hua Hin has a history serving as the ocean retreat for the Thai royal family, with vast tracts of sand dotted with high end resorts, one of which we treated ourselves to for a couple nights (The Anantara) after many nights of less glamorous accommodation.  Wading up to the pool bar, ordering blender drinks and reflecting over many experiences, it was a great way to close out our epic Southeast Asia journey.

Anantara pool

 

Halong Bay

Despite the hordes of tourists and the boats that shuttle them crowding the polluted waters of the bay, the limestone karst scenery makes this a visually striking corner of the planet.

Fishing village and market

This is the harbour in Mui Ne where thousands of boats bring in the bounty of the sea. At night you can see lights strung out on the horizon, like stars fallen from the sky: squid fishers. They eat land creatures too – crocodile is popular.

Vietnam Beach Scene

Mui Ne is a mellow beach town on the South China Sea about 4-5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We hired a driver for a 3am night flight out of the city to avoid traffic, and spent the first night at Novella resort, a more upscale option. We intended to stay just 1 night but couldn’t pull ourselves away, and our accommodations got progressively cheaper each night until we ended up in a backpacker hostel. Kite surfing is a huge draw in Mui Ne.WP_20130405_026.jpg

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