Amazing Hanoi -5 days 4 nights

France building, France cuisine, mountain, cave, Culture, electric cable hanger, Vietnam girl, Vietnam food… all this made my memory in Vietnam.

When I reached my hotel in Hanoi which located at old quarter, electric cable hanging all over the city, this was the first scenery enter to my eye side.

 

the traffic was super chaos, I cannot event cross the road in first day, my method to cross the road was ” close you eye, just walk “‘. I went to the pub street and saw a lot of younger sitting on the stool, and watching the road , I am not sure this is the Hanoi clubbing style, but this really new to me.

You never come , you never know…

Transport

  • -City Transport use ‘Uber “cheap and reliable . (No barriers of language)
  • Hotel can help you book tour
  • On-line booking for Halong Bay tour

Accommodation (Old Quarter)

  • Hanoi Royal Guest house – France design room
  • Excellent breakfast – choose from Buffet and also Menu
  • Highly recommend stay at Old quarter, and Old quarter will be area around the lake, most of the tourist spot/restaurant just near by

Recommended  tour

  • Halong Bay Cruising ( 2 days 1 night)
    • Included Transport
    • 2 days I Night twin sharing cabin
    • All meal excluded beverage
    • All Activity
    • **** Book via Agoda.com to get the last minute deal
  • SAPA to look for natural scenery , Book from Hotel or agency in old quarter

Shopping at Hanoi/Old Quarter

  • Daily 06:00 – 19:00
  • Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Hide Map Show Map Dong Xuan MarketDong Xuan Market

Recommended Restaurant

  • -Hotel Essenes France Cuisine
  • -S’Patisserie

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Hanoi

Old Quarter pub Street are very happening for 24 hours, you haven’t step on the street but you already can heard the pop song .  the younger like to come here for chatting and gathering.

Day 2

Paloma Cruising company arrange pick up at hotel at 7.30am. the destination took around 4hours to reach Halong bay.

    

there is a toilet break for 20minute at the souvenir shop during the journey. Highly recommended for Paloma , their services was excellent.

The Van will drove you to the Paloma lounge and they will arrange boat to send you to the cruise. Don’t worry for the luggage, they will help you to handle, you just need to enjoy. The tour leader distribute the room key, the room as nice as you saw as picture below. after that, we will having our lunch. the food server as Vietnamese/ western food in fine dinning, all food are will present, this will help to increase my appetite.

 

After Lunch all the activities had arranged by Paloma, we visited a stalactites cave, we need to claim a bit to reach that cave.  and  we kayak at Halong bay in a windy day,   the time never enough for us to spend.

Around 5pm to back to the cruise, and the diner start at 7pm., and there was a pretty Vietnamese lady play Guzheng , moreover while you eating Poloma had prepare cooking show for you.

The last activities of the cruise will be squid fishing, but we wait for 1hr with nothing, and I suspect all the stupid squid been catch by other, and the all survive was smart hence I give up .. Hahaha …

day 3

We wake up at 6.30am , and joined Tai Zhi class, after class the abundance breakfast served. after breakfast the tour leader transfer us to a small pier. we took Bamboo boat visit cliff, and after that we visited a pearl factory. this pearl factory not just selling peal but also grow and implant pearl.

After Farewell lunch we transfer via boat and back to the Poloma Lounge waiting the Van to send us back to Hotel. when we back to Hotel will be at afternoon.

we check in to the hotel and prepare to go for nice restaurant -Hotel Essenes France Cuisine, Buncha and spring roll are must try dish.

We walking to Hoan Kiem Lake, we cross over the bridge and enter to Temple of the JAde mountain, this is one the unique temple in Hanoi, this temple is a landmark in Hanoi The location is scenic and perfect for taking pictures of the Turtle Temple. Lovely architecture and art adorns the temple and beautiful trees with intricate roots stretch into the river. But the temple not open everyday,   which happens every 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar month and you need to pay VN 3000 to cross the red colour bridge.

Day 4
  1. Uber self arrange city tour, basically , I don’t think we need to join the city tour, just Book uber and go. most of the tourist spot are quite near actually, but because of the traffic , we decide to go with Uber. but don forget to book the water puppet show in advance, because only 2 theater. Lotus and Thang Long. I choose Thang Long because is the older one. but Lotus theater look nicer.
start from morning we visit-one piliar pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Military Museum , Hanoi Citadel, wall just walking distance, and from morning to Afternoon , you may visit one by one.
we having Lunch at Café Runam, the price was high compare with other café, but with fantastic environment.
after  lunch we continue our journey to St Joseph’s cathedral. the exterior was just same with cathedral I saw at Paris, ok look so same!!!
today will be happy Friday, surrounding of Hoan Kiem lake closed for people, so you can see a lot of family/ younger hang out with some childhood activities. … I enjoyed to watch younger to play Push and pull, play shuttlecock, singing … and many more…
 
Diner at S’Patisserie, value for money with quality of food. after that we went for our water puppet show.

Day 5 AFter Breakfast and back to Singapore

Spending chart -SGD 600 per person all inclusive

Hanoi 5days 4 nights  Remark  Remark SGD for 2 Price info
Air ticket Arrive Airport 7.00pm  Master Card 358
Transport Hotel Hotel arrangement USD 26  USD18
Hanoi Guest House Royal Super Good  Agoda.com 59
Pomolo Cruise Transport, Food , activity all included, except beverage  Online 410 USD 283 /cabin
Medallion Hanoi , having diner, Arrive hotel 4.30pm Not so great, got smoking smell  Agoda.com 106 SGD 53/night
Cash -food and Tranport 250
1209  SGD 600/person 

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