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April 22, Melbourne - Vietnam

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Departure day
up and out to the airport for the first leg of the flight from melbourne to Ho Chi Min.
The next leg is Ho Chi Min to Hanoi.
We arrived at the Hanoi Airport about 9.30 pm (12.30 am - melbourne time)
Found our tour guide and around 10 pm we were on our bus to the hotel.
One night in the Hotel - La Belle Vie - then we were off to Han Oi and Ha Long Bay.

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Bali - Day 4 - Coffee and Monkeys

Coffee and the MOnkey Forest


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We were back in Ubud to visit a Lewac coffee plantation and check out the Balinese civic coffee. We also got to try a whole lot of other coffees.
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After that we went to the Monkey Sanctuary.
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That was an interesting experience - especially with the monkeys climbing all over us.

We finished off by visiting a temple.
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A bit of a long day - but quite interesting.

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Bali - Day 3 - Ubud

Cooking Class

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OK a quick blog.
Yesterday we did a balinese cooking class via eoasia.
It started with a viosit to a local market and then we were taken back to a traditional compund house and shown how to cook 8 dishes

great day - great food - great hostess. not expensive and a lovely way to spend a day.

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Bali - Seminyak day 2 - Turtle Island, jetski & parasaili

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Today was the fun day. We went off to Nusa Dua for some sport and to go to Turtle Island.
It started with the parasailing. Unfortunately that was too slow. From the time I was hooked on to the time I was unhooked was probably less than 5 min.
I was hooked on, lifted up. The boat did a circuit and I was back down. Way too fast.
The jetski on the other hand was well worth the money. The instructor took me out past the boats then let me take over. Basically I went around the area. Towards different sections of the mainland. Past the old / sunken fishing boats and further around the bay.
That was a lot of fun. That was at least 15 minutes. And it was a great ride.

From there we took a glass bottom boat out into the bay and saw some fish, then on to Turtle Island.

The afternoon was spent back at the villa just relaxing.

In the evening we walked to the Semniyak beach and watched the sunset.
Not as spectacular as the one a few days ago, but very pretty.

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Bali - Seminyak


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Ok. We left kuta and were taken to our villa in Seminak - Villa Damai Lesyari
It's very nice - close to the main strip - but not in it. Our manager D is very helpful and the facilities are great.
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Bali - Kuta

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OK - just a short note and soe nice photos.

We left Melbourne quite early - 10 qm flight out that arrived about 12.30 local time (3.30 melbourne time)

by the time we'd clared the airport we got too our hotel forthe day (the Kutabex) by about 2.30
a 1uick bi of packing and then a quick walk around the streets - found a good place to eat in the local sdhopping centre - which the locals use.
Spent some time wandering through the stalls in teh local street and then back to the hotes to sit in the pool, drink cocktails and watch the sunset.

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90 Mile Beach and Waitangi

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We started the day by the Stone Store in Kerikeri.
It's an old stone storehouse that's been restored.
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Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

After that we drove up to 90 mile beach. The wind was quite strong, blowing sand and spray everywhere. The spray was quite intense and our glasses misted up almost immediately. There was a small group of wind surfers, who were getting some amazing speed across the water. However, the spray was intense enough that it was almost impossible to take any pictures. Nevertheless, it was still a great walk along the beach.
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90 Mile Beach - wind surfing

It was almost dinner time by then so we drove to Mangonui and went to one of the North's most reputable fish and chip shops for dinner. They have quite a location, with the deck looking out across the bay.
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On the drive back we had this amazing sunset.
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Sunset - Kerikeri

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Sunset - Kerikeri

Today was quieter, but it started with a bit of history.
Waitangi - where the New Zeal;and Treaty was originally signed is now a NZ National trust site.
The grounds have certainly been extended since we were last here in the '90s.
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Governors House Lawn - Waitango

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The Trust site also has the Ngatokimatawhaorua - one of the world's largest Maori ceremonial war canoes. It was built for the Waitangi Treaty Day Centenary celebrations in 1940.
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Large Waka - Waitango

After we'd toured the Waitango grounds we headed into Paihia and spent the day just relaxing on the beach and doing a little swimming.

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