After performing their first show in Ha Long on September 10, members of the British boy band 911 had the chance to take in the legendary beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay. With its towering limestone karst formations jutting out of the shimmering waters, both Lee Brennan and Spike Dawbarn were awestruck by the view. Furthermore, while in Ha Long, the band had the opportunity to explore the area by kayaking around the bay and golfing on some of Vietnam‘s stunning golf courses. Dawbarn declared, “Vietnam has so many beautiful golf courses!” The group also made sure to try out some of the incredible street food, leaving them more than impressed with their journey to the iconic bay.
Spike Dawbarn (R) sails kayak with Lee Brennan on the waters in Ha Long Bay, September 2023. Photo courtesy of 911's Instagram
“Ha Long's beaches are really beautiful and quiet,” Brennan said.
“Being outside for a long time, he felt like he was about to melt like a snowman,” he said about Dawbarn.
His mother, who was delighted with the photos her son had taken during his visit to Vietnam, hopes to have a vacation there with him one day. In Hanoi, the 911 group explored the vicinity of Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake and the Old Quarter, savouring delicacies such as bun cha (grilled pork with rice noodles) and Trang Tien ice cream.
Jimmy Constable (L) and Lee Brennan try bun cha (grilled pork with rice noodles) at a restaurant in Hanoi, September 2023. Photo courtesy of 911's Instagram
Jimmy Constable, the other member of the band, said he was impressed by the ancient beauty of Vietnam’s capital.
“I wish I could visit Vietnam once a week to explore more.”
On Saturday, the three-piece pop group, formed in London in 1995, will be in Ho Chi Minh City to take part in the 2023 United Kingdom Festival. This festival is being held to commemorate 50 years of Vietnam-United Kingdom relations, after the group’s recent performances in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.
They are known for their 90s and 2000s hits “The Day We Find Love,” “Love Sensation,” “Don't Make Me Wait,” and the acclaimed love anthem “I Do.”