Vietnam was a surprise package… The initial thought of this country was always oh no…but a visit there changed my thoughts views and perceptions.
A country so diverse and interesting that you ll wonder what’s more to arrive.
I reached hanoi on 1 march by Malaysian airlines and reached safely in the bustling city.
My guide for Vietnam was a very affable smiling and a diminutive guy called Tony chu , his Vietnam else name being chu van toa my hotel that day was the Hilton opera.
The day I reached I visited the french quarters and was surprised to see the magnificent work on buildings that the french left behind. The opera house was another noteworthy structure.
My guide insisted I taste the famous ice cream on tang tien street. I visited the LI thang park famous with the locals and was an observer on activities that they indulged in. Next we went to the
sofitel metropole hotel, a historic hotel which has a tunnel inside hotel.
Back to the hotel.
The next day we went to the day long trip of the halong bay cruise, words cannot do justice to this natural wonder where 3000 or more incredible islands rise from the emerald waters of the gulf of tonkin. HA long means where the dragons descends into the sea and islands are dotted with wind and wave eroded grottos. The caves have unique shaped stalactites and stalagmites.
The next day I stayed with a local family
Sam doan who lives with his father and sister. Never in my life I had the opportunity to sleep on a futon on the floor in a tiny matchbox apartment. Several thoughts ran in my head. . Oh my god what am I doing here to” what if one day I have nothing in life and just live in the tiniest place… I shivered.
My days sightseeing began with the very interesting
van meiu temple of literature which is about confucious and the first university of Vietnam .
Got to see Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and his house, one pillar pagoda ,lady Buddha and different types of village homes. Rural homes in Vietnam. My lunch was at Theit phat vegetarian restaurant in old hanoi. My next sight was the museum of ethnology.. and ethnic tribals of vietnam.
My stay was in old hanoi at icon 36.
The next day I left to Hoi An a port city and the airport is located in Da NANG 40 km away from the city.
The Walking tour in old town was the highlight of my trip. The Japanese covered bridge was constructed in 1593 and has a temple built into the northern side. We also got to see old houses of historic importance and some museums.
And went to market street restaurant and then to hotel vinh hung emerald resort room number 404.
Went on a bike to the countryside to cua dai beach and visited the hoi an resort .
Went to NAM HAI hotel and saw the luxury pool villa.
Went to ganesh hotel for Indian lunch .
Walked again and saw old houses and saw the big shopping areas . I really loved the bright and colourful single person rickshaw and had a ride across the vegetable market.
We flew to ho chi min city and checked in at song anh at Le thanh ton street .
Room no 403 for 30 USD
Went to vegan restaurant and then walked through the park to the night market and to hotel.
On 8 March we went to breakfast and then to war museum.
Then to independence palace of reunification.
Saw the magnificiently built post office built during french rule in 1886.
Lunch at same restaurant .
Went to the famous majestic hotel rooftop for Vietnamese coffee.
Went to cosmetic shop at dong khoi street.
The next day I went to the mekong delta cruise and to the rural village but was pretty disappointed. It was quite a rip off .. noteworthy was the candy industry run by the locals.
Off to airport to catch a flight to seim reap… Cambodia.