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Sunday, 7 September 2014

"Hanoi, Vietnam", a Must-Visit City in Asia!!!

Hanoi, a Top-rated travel destination in Vietnam next to Ho Chi Minh  as per Tripadvisor.com, which comes from the word "Ha" means river and "Noi" means within, as my tour guide says to me from Asia Tour Advisor  http://www.asiatouradvisor.com during my travel tour to Hanoi last weekend. It was actually the  Ha Long Bay, one of my ideal travel destinations for travel photography that leads me to visit Hanoi, Vietnam. And, since my friend and I were going to explore Hanoi for only 3 days and 2 nights which includes Ha Long Bay Day Tour, we have decided to engage with a travel tour which is easier and more convenient. Asia Tour Advisor has given us a well-planned itinerary which all includes airport pick-up services, Ha Long Bay day tour and hotel accommodation with breakfast for only USD$350 for 2 pax and below is our itinerary.

Day 1: Noi Bai Airport- Hotel 

After 2.5 hours flight from Singapore to Hanoi , we arrived at Noi Bai airport. The car picked us up and transferred to our hotel in Old Quarter, which is a 45-min drive from the airport. After settling in our room, my friend and I had a nice dinner at Green Mango Restaurant .  Old Quarter is a very busy street with lots of restaurants, coffee shops and street foods. 

Cyclo (local transportation at Hanoi)

Day 2: Ha Long Bay Day Tour

At 8:00 a.m., we were picked-up by a private van for driving us from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone peaks or karsts that just from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. At 12:00 pm (noon time), we embarked at our Hai Long junk or boat for a fantastic 4-hour cruise through the thousands of limestone islands rising out of the emerald water of Halong Bay and a fresh seafood lunch was served on board.

Ha Long Bay Port
Ha Long Bay Cruise
Ha Long Bay Cruise
Our Boat (Hai Long Dream)
View while cruising
Inside our Boat (Hai Long Dream)
My good friend Dr. Anita Lundberg, Anthropologist
View while cruising
Our Travel Tour Guide who speaks English very well and knowledgeable

View while cruising

During our Ha Long Bay tour, we visited the most beautiful grottos at the Bay: Dau Go (Wooden Stakes) and Thien Cung (Haven Palace).

Arrival at Dau Go Cave
Arrival at Dau Go Cave

Anita checking on the map

Inside the Dau Go Cave

View of Ha Long Bay from Dau go Cave

View of Ha Long Bay from Dau go Cave

Anita with our nicest crew

After 4pm, we headed back to Hanoi Tirant Hotel , where we had our good stay. The Hanoi Tirant Hotel, a new beautiful Oriental downtown hotel in Hanoi, blends oriental luxury accommodations with intuitive service. Located in Old Quarter neighborhood of Hanoi and nestled between the 36 Hanoi Old Street and the center of Hanoi Tourist attraction.  This hotel is actually just to Hoan Kiem Lake (2 minute-walking); Opera House, Water Puppet Theater, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the War Museum, and Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake.


Day 3: Hotel- Noi Bai Airport

On our last day, we woke up at 6am and enjoyed our time walking in the street of Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake . And, took a ride for an hour in a "Cyclo", which cost us USD$12 only.  

People just hanging out at Hoan Kiem Lake 
Hoan Kiem Lake
Our nice Cyclo Driver who toured us for an hour in Old Quarter
Cafe 58'
Local Vietnam Coffee 

Don't leave Hanoi without trying their local coffee in any of these two famous local coffee shops' Cafe 58 and Lam Cafe' located in the city centre of Nha Trang.
Lam Cafe (One of the best local coffee shops in Hanoi)
Main Street of  Old Quarter

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Unknown said...

Ha Long Bay is one of my favorite attractions to see in Asia. I have been there few months ago after completing my hearst castle tours with my family. This spot is an awesome blend of thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. I like this place due to its stunning natural beauty and cruising. I really enjoyed with my family during a cruising trip.

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Hanoi Trip said...

Ha Long Bay is one of my favorite attractions to see in Asia.I like this place due to its stunning natural beauty and cruising. I have seen your all the pictures looking awesome,thanks for sharing keep posting dear admin.

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Thien Nguyen said...

Hi! I'm Thien from Vietnam. As I read your post, you seemed to have a great journey in Hanoi. Thanks for your sharing and choosing our country.
Would you like to try out some wonderful places in Vietnam? Check out this Things to do in Vietnam for various useful suggestions.
Hope that you can come back and further explore our country.

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Thanks for sharing your ultimate trip of Hanoi, it's awesome! Truly, it will guide to many.

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Thien Nguyen said...

Hi! I’m Thien from Vietnam. Thanks greatly for your sharing! As I see you had a great time in Hanoi, Vietnam. And in such hot days, Sapa remains as one of the most outstanding destinations to avoid the heat. You can head to Sapa again to enjoy fresh air, cool weather and spectacular natural scenery. You can refer to What to do in Sapa in summer for various useful suggestions.

Hope to see you again in Vietnam!

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