Top Ten Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

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 “Top Ten Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam”

Hanoi Vietnam: Hoa Lo Prison

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 “Hanoi Vietnam: Hoa Lo Prison”

Cat Ba Island

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. Continue reading “Cat Ba Island”

Another Day in Halong Bay

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. Continue reading “Another Day in Halong Bay”

The Beauty that is Halong Bay

Woke up at Essence Palace Hotel on Old Quarter in 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. Continue reading “The Beauty that is Halong Bay”

Hanoi, Vietnam: One Afternoon with a Vietnamese Family

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 “Hanoi, Vietnam: One Afternoon with a Vietnamese Family”