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Not so happy 2017… WARNING … WAARSCHUWING World War 3?

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WAARSCHUWING! 3e wereld oorlog?

for English scroll down…

TL;DR; -> Be warned… WW3 might be coming…

It’s ALL about these two articles!

Beide berichten zijn in het Engels geschreven… maar misschien kan Google Translate je helpen als je niet zo makkelijk Engels leest.



WARNING! 3rd world war?
THIS MESSAGE TAKES 1 HOUR TO COMPLETE (15 min read, 45 min of shock)



Well… Maybe i wanted to let 2017 start with a BANG…
and it did…

While i was gone… (i’ve been away backpacking)
i missed this… Jul 23, 2016


READ FIRST POST -> POSTED 2016-07-23 (10 min read)
And then i missed this… Dec 19, 2016

READ SECOND POST -> 2016-12-19
  (5 min read)


If you get it…

SCRAMBLE FOR 45 minutes


you get that i just was not so zen… for 45 minutes.
World… a Happy 2017!

Jeroen Stolp





This blog is set to be posted at 2017-01-05 22:30:00 CET (GMT +1, Amsterdam)
[ That is 2017-01-05 21:30:00 UTC (GMT +0, Greenwich) ] (London)

Last days in Vietnam and off Thailand… Unprepared

After the adventure on the Fansipan (read it here if you missed it)
Went back to Hanoi for our last day in Vietnam before flying off to Bangkok.
The one thing I didn’t do yet in Hanoi was visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum!

Cheaper tour around Cat Ba (Hạ Long Bay)

If you are planning to go to Ha Long bay but don’t want to go pay $200 for Castaways or $160 for hideaway.

Read on; We did practically the same tour for $60!


Although Castaways via the best party hostel (IMHO) in Vietnam is definitely worth the money, some people might not have the luxury of spending that amount of money on a 2N/3D tour.

We checked out some other tours from Hanoi to Ha Long but they where all pretty expensive. The cheapest one we found was $60 (but it didn’t have the transport included $30 for a return ticket)

We must be able to do this cheaper!

And so we did! Via Cát Bà island (the biggest island in Halong Bay)


Our tour

So we organised our own (cheaper) tour!

We got the bus-ferry-bus to Cat Ba island, the biggest island in Halong bay. From there we booked a tour for only 14$. We booked our tour at Mr. Zoom. The boat takes you around Halong bay (you’ll even soar past castaways island) and takes you kayaking in the same place as with Castaways. (I know from experience because I’ve been on the Castaways trip in January :) )

The tour itself was pretty awesome, we went kayaking and because i’d already been there I could navigate us to a hidden cave entrance which is pretty hard to spot. We were the only ones in the secluded area!

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay


After a fine lunch we went on and went for a dip in the pretty disgusting water of Ha Long bay (serious people! Don’t litter!)

All in all we paid 24$ for a return trip to Cat Ba, $6 per person per night for a overnight stay in a Hotel on Cat Ba. and 14$ for a day-tour (including kayaking and a hill climb on monkey island) for two stingy backpackers that’s all that counts 😉

The view from monkey island
The view from monkey island

That leaves some money here and there for some Bia Saigon and a pizza (“The He-man”) on Cat ba @ Noble House

After the bus-boat-bus tour back to Hanoi, it was time to conquer the highest mountain in Indochina.