A weekend getaway of “Lục đại bô lão” turned out to be so much more eventful than we expected, thanks to our super duper awesome entertainment supernova guests XXX (can’t recall their names). It also turned out to be a remarkable self-revealing experience for us. Who could have guessed that the six funky sexy lovely sweet adorable girls could actually turned into six forever-alone grumpy greedy knit-picky sharp-tongued fossil specimens ^_^

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After 3h drive from Hanoi, we arrived at Hoa Binh Lake and boarded a boat to Coconut Island

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Some 110km to the northeast of Hà Nội, Thung Nai in Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh, has hundreds of small islands, hence its nickname ‘Ha Long Bay on Da River’. Thung Nai used to be a big valley with high mountains, dense forests and wild animals. In the 1980s when Sông Đà hydropower Plant was built, Thung Nai became a huge reservoir (Hoa Binh Lake) that has half-flooded limestone mountains looking like green islands, creating a poetic scenery.

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The famous Windmill Guesthouse

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Sunset on Hoa Binh lake

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(Literally) sparkling water

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Local people paddle with their feet ^_^

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Our dinner: grilled fish (not half as tasty as it looks though)

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Grilled pork (unfortunately NOT ours)

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Where our dinner was cooked (Coconut Island)

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Last light of the day

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My fair ladies

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A boat tour on Hoa Binh lake

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A local ethnic woman selling dried herbs, seeds, and barks (as medicine) on the way up to Thac Bo Temple

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People living by the lake

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On the way up to Thac Bo Temple

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Dried bamboo shreds

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Thac Bo Cave, not very impressive

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