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One of the highlights of a visit to northern Vietnam is an excursion to Halong Bay, several hours' journey east of the capital Hanoi. Naturally I made such an excursion on my first journey to Vietnam in November 1993. It was one of the few times I decided to go on an organized tour. It's a way of travelling that I usually hate and try to avoid, but it would have been infinitely more complicated – and slower – to arrange it on my own by local transports.

I will show three photos from the bay, famous for its steep rocky islands, some of them containing large caves, in my next upload. But I will start by showing three pictures taken during the journey to the sea.

All the time I spent in the north the sky was grey and on and off it was raining. The washed out sky didn't matter so much for the photos I took in the streets of Hanoi, but in the countryside the dull weather really bothered me.

So apart from showing nothing special at all, today's photos are all impaired by the grey sky and bad light.

Close enough to be seen in the haze of the main photo are various means of travelling the country roads of northern Vietnam. You can use an ox cart if you have things to deliver, go by bicycle if you're not heading too far, or you can travel by bus if you're going to Hà Nội.

Here is a larger version.

In a WS is a crowded ferry, in another you can see a farmer loading his ox cart.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides, using the new scan I recently bought. Their shortcomings can't be blamed on the scanner or the software I use, perhaps not even on my own lack of competence. I solely blame the North Vietnamese autumn weather.

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