Hanoi, Vietnam

Xin Chào!...meaning Hello in English is a word that both JB and I had picked up from Hanoi, Vietnam. This recent trip to Hanoi was one of those minimally planned trip which had turned out to work pretty well for the both of us. We spent 7D6N in Hanoi and its nearby provinces. Now that we are back in Singapore, it seems as though the days are dragging-ly longer...

So what made the days in Hanoi shorter?

1. Always about the food...
I think the first thing that really made this trip enjoyable for us was really the food. Hanoi is a place filled with loads of healthy and yummy food. Veggie options are always available and this took our mind of worrying what I should have for my next meal. Hence a happier trip, yay!
 
The famous Banh Mi and Cha Ca Thang Long which were recommended by our Vietnamese friends. True to their reputations, though these two small stall/ restaurant serve only one kind of food, it was their specialty and undoubtedly delicious!


2. Sailing on a Cruise...
One agenda which JB and I can't really get enough of was the Dragon Legend - Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise with Indochina Junk. We were taken out to the untouched and uncrowded area of Bai Tu Long Bay where we did kayaking, visiting caves and squid fishing - the experience was worthwhile and it was the highlight of our trip. (Confession: The price for this cruise was slightly more expensive then other operators however, we had intentionally choose so because this was our first time on a cruise and we wanted it to be a Yuhoo-experience! ...and so it was...)


3. Short day tour away from the city... this comes in handy when all you want is to get away from the noise and be in tune with nature again. There are a few day trips available (departing and returning to Hanoi everyday). For our own short 'escape' from Hanoi, we choose the Bai Dinh Pagoda-Trang An day tour in Ninh Binh province.


The highlight for this day tour is with Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex which is recognized as a UNESCO site. The tour package that we paid for comes ready with a boat ride (that can fit 6 people) and a lady boat-rower. (Note: Most of the rowers are ladies. We did saw man boat-rower but there were only few).

The ride was beautiful! We moved in and out of the dark caves without realizing that 2 hours had gone by...

 

4. Lawless jaywalking, coffee and HanoiKids...
Lastly, I think what really made Hanoi so fun was the opportunity to jaywalk the streets like nobody's business! There is absolutely no other place on earth where you can just step out into the streets and jaywalk lawlessly while searching for the perfect coffee cafe with Hanoi's lovely ambassador - the HanoiKids.


Stupidgale

Stupidgale is a Sino-Kadazan office nerd during the day and leisure blogger by night. She enjoys writting about everything under the sun and is currently living in Singapore with her family (including teddygirl the corgi).

2 comments:

Ambyrd said...

xin chào! hello

Stupidgale said...

Hello Ambyrd, cảm ơn! ;)