Mekong River

Jaxon Mekong River Story


Splash, my feet snuck into the mud. I thought I was in goo. Snatch! Quinn caught something slimy, something gooey. It was a fish! "Yeah" the parents yelled. Our Tour Guide said, “There are prawns in the water.”  Max caught the first prawn!

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Then we caught 12 more prawns and five more fish. We cooked the prawns and fish on the BBQ for dinner.



 After we made spring rolls. The parents drank happy water and the kids had a sugar rush. I hope tomorrow will be as good as today.



By Jaxon 


Ho Chi Minh City


I jumped into the elevator. I pressed level 6 where the pool was. The giant metal box ascended to the correct floor. Then the box jolted down and stopped in place. The elevator wouldn't budge. I started to press all of the buttons but couldn't find the alarm button. My heart was racing and sweat was dripping from my face. Quickly, I was coming to conclusions. Will I be here forever?  Am I going to die? 

I snapped out of it and tried to get myself out. I stepped to the doors and used all my might to pry them open. I was wrong.  The first door was very light and easy to open but there was a second door. Sigh. I realized that only the top part of the lift was on the sixth floor but high enough that I could get out.  The second door looked easy to open. Wrong again, the top of the door was locked, no matter how much muscle you used the door would never open. I grabbed my shoe and jammed it in between the doors and yelled HELP! HELP! HELP! 

People would look around and then kept on walking because they didn’t see me. Or maybe they didn’t understand what I was saying.  One woman finally saw me. She started to talk and her radio and then walked away. I started to get really hot and thought I was going to pass out. Then I saw the stupid alarm button, I thought if they tell me to press it I will. I was about to fall asleep. My eyes were heavy but then I heard a clicking noise. They were unlocking the door. The doors quickly opened. I hopped out. It felt like 1000 kg was lifted off of my shoulders. It was a good feeling. I jumped right into the pool. 

I didn't use that elevator again.


Halong Bay

Quinn Halong Bay story

The captain squeezed between two steep limestone bluffs. The ship floated on deep blue water. I have only imagined a place like this. I have heard about the beautiful Halong Bay islands and seen many pictures but nothing can compare it to the real thing.

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The islands of Halong Bay are over 150 m tall. Our cruise ship parked with all the others. We just stared and admired the magnificent islands. We got on a little boat and headed to the biggest cave. The outside is as amazing as the inside. Columns of grey bumpy rock come from the tops of the roof. In the rocks there were little rock animals formed by the water and rock, Monkeys, snakes, and elephants.

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Our little boat parked beside the cruise ship. After the amazing cave, we took a kayak out onto the bay and got up close with the limestone bluffs, giving me an even better view of the wonderful bay. The little boat took us back to the cruise ship. We sat down to a delicious seafood dinner and admired the view. It’s impossible for me to explain the amazing bay in words, so as the quote says a picture is worth 1000 words.

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Nathan’s Halong Bay Story

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I could not wait to go to Halong Bay. I heard there are1,969 islands. From our hotel it was a four-hour bus ride to Halong Bay. At two and a half hours, we stopped to look at or buy sewn art. (Sewn art is when someone sews a copy of a picture and sews it on a piece of paper.) My mom bought one piece of art of Halong Bay and I bought a smaller one of the bay as well. Then we drove to our boat. 


After, we took a small boat to a big boat. We were going to sleep for one night on the big boat.  The people on the boat greeted us with a weird type of juice. The boat had two stories and a sun deck. After exploring the boat, we had lunch. I never knew when the food was going to stop coming. After eating all that food, we went up to the sun deck and tried to get a tan but it was cloudy.  The kids played around on the sun deck and the parents were downstairs doing boring stuff like talking. When we got closer to a big cave we could not take the big boat so we had to take a smaller boat.

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The caves were super cool. There was a huge column. There was a formation that looked like a turtle and one that looked like a canon. After looking at the caves, we went back to the big boat, changed our shoes and then headed off to go kayaking.


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When we got to the kayaks, Quinn and I went together. I went in the front and Quinn went in the back. We kept going in circles but after a while we started to go. It took awhile to get the turning. Then we were racing other people in our group. After that we headed back to the boat to eat dinner.


For dinner the chef made the plates very fancy with flowers made of fruits and vegetables. One of the dishes was B.B.Q. prawns and oysters. Another one was fish with a carrot net. We asked Dat, our tour guide, how does the chef do that. Dat said that he would show us tomorrow. After dinner, we went to bed and slept on the boat. I hope we have another great day like this one.


© VanKosh Family 2015