One of the most common problems of travelers in Asia, which can spoil the fun, is taxi scam. It is so prevalent that sometimes taking a taxi is not an option anymore not unless necessary. Vietnam, Thailand, Macau, Philippines, and some other countries have tourists complaining about how their taxis dupe them. You’ve heard stories about this all the time. Continue Reading
One important thing that every traveler needs to think about is budget. There are places that are infamously expensive and there are some that wouldn’t hurt your bank account. Vietnam belongs to the latter. A good thing about touring Asia is that it is cheap yet gives you an amazing experience. Beautiful sceneries, sumptuous dishes, and off the beaten path experiences are in abundance in this side of the world. Going to Hanoi and Halong Bay is a must when in Vietnam and can be done on a little cost. So, How Much Does a One-Week Hanoi-Halong Bay Tour Cost? Find out below.Continue Reading
Exploring Vietnam in just a week is perfect if only visiting a place or two. Some travelers with only a week to spare would ultimately decide whether to go to Hanoi or to Ho Chi Minh. These two cities are polar opposite, yet a perfect description of the quintessential Vietnam. If this is your first time on this country, visiting its capital is recommended. Visiting Hanoi would mean visiting one of the country’s pride, a UNESCO heritage site, the Halong Bay. Here is our DIY One Week Hanoi-Halong Bay Suggested Itinerary.
In this age when cities are defined by impressive skyscrapers and magnificent buildings, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a place wherein the beauty is defined by its authenticity, diversity, history, and originality. Hanoi is one of the few. Throughout the years, Hanoi, Vietnam has preserved its tradition and has respected its history. This has resulted to Hanoi leaving an indelible mark as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Continue Reading
Every country has a history, a remembrance of past struggle, hardships, and triumph. Stories from our ancestors, written accounts on textbooks, remnants of artifacts and relics displayed on museums, and old photographs are our sources. Vietnam has an affluent history being under French colonization to Communists uprising and revolt and to heartbreaking Vietnam War. All of these had shaped Vietnam as we know today. There are many places and historic sites in all over Vietnam that would remind us of their history. And one in particular is Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam.Continue Reading
We temporarily said goodbye to Royal Palace Cruise as we stepped on a small boat to fetch us to a much bigger boat to bring us to the bungalow on Cat Ba Island. After the tour at Hang Sung Sot cave, we just freshened up a little and we were off to another adventure. On that quite bigger boat, two groups from two different cruises came together, a total of 20 tourists, to stay on an island far from the city and who were all thrilled to uncover the beauty of the mysterious Cat Ba Island.
That moment when you want to get drunk in a foreign country and you can’t, because, you have to wake up early the following day for a well specified itinerary…it’s worth it. The cruise ships were all docked in a calm part of the bay and as soon as the sound died down, with only the minimum sound of wave and occasional engine noises, the bay was peaceful and almost completely dark except for the lights illuminating from the ships.
Woke up at Essence Palace Hotel in Old Quarter, Hanoi two hours before the scheduled shuttle pick up ride to the famous Halong Bay with much anticipation. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the, if not the most, famous tourist attractions in Vietnam and is in every list of every travellers around the world. Known for its scenic landscape, magnificent isles, and incredible limestone karsts ready for everyone to gawk upon in awe while cruising in an extravagant ship, is a perfect destination for everyone’s well-deserved vacation.
I have been away from my keyboard for a long time that my last entry on this blog was two months ago. My absence can be attributed to so many things; election in the Philippines, lacking of materials to write, work, social life, and probably, laziness. So, to make up for the lost time, I am writing one now. Oh, how I’ve missed this. 🙂Continue Reading