Hanoi with *Ching (5)

It’s our last day in Hanoi and we had quite a considerably early flight to catch (in the afternoon) so as to reach Singapore in the evening. 

We had quite a good spread in hotel.

And it is our last chance to drink a cup of vietnamese coffee before leaving! Cong Caphe! Here we come again… 

Ching caught me sitting so unglamorously in my dress. 

Haha! *Ching (below) sat with her legs together while me (above) sat with mine open!

While walking abck to our Hotel, we saw how local held their wedding. 

Decorated tentage extending out of a normal shop house. 

Good Bye Hanoi Daleno Hotel!! 

Bye Holiday!!! 

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Hanoi with *Ching (4)

Morning! Selfie first before heading out for breakfast! 

We checked out the breakfast in the hotel and was Super disappointed. Nothing is nice. Bread is hard. Coffee is bad. So we had a small bite and left for their local breakfast before going back to the “Bangalow”. 

We had to take the same mini boat back to the “Bangalow”. Today is so much better. Without the rain, we weren’t drenched! 

Some photos of the “Bangalow” before heading off with the boat to our Royal Cruise! Yesh! 3D2N Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island gonna come to an end! 

Along the way and before we reached our Royal Cruise. 

We had some beverages before the food demonstration (how to wrap a fresh spring roll). 

Was quite disappointed! We thought it is cooking demonstration but there isn’t any cooking involved! ​

We had a hands on experience. What’s so difficult about wrapping a spring roll?!!! 

Nice right 😝😝😝 

Presenting to you, the most charming man on board! Our cruise manager who can speak English and Mandarin well!!! 

Cruise Manager asked me to take a photo of this! Chicken-fighting??? One popular spot along halong bay!

And it is time to say goodbye to Royal Cruise.

And we had to endure the same long bus ride back to mainland hanoi! Pit stop – where we bought snacks and mailed our postcards! 

We are the last few to drop off at hotel! Long wait for our WooHoo-Hotel!!! 

We went for massage before dinner and shopping! 

Finally it is time to ENJOY! 

Cong Caphe (again) before Dinner! I tried the iced coffee with coconut ice cream. And the verdict is – no-no for me! I rather have their normal iced coffee! 

Dinner Time!!! We need something that is not Spring Roll!!Meat for Dinner!!! 

Ending my day with Dessert!

Hanoi with *Ching (3)

Waking up with this kinda scenery!

Simple breakfast. 
And after breakfast, we had to take the small boat to kayaking place.
After kayaking, we had to check out from our Royal Cruise to get onto another boat that will be sending us to Cat Ba Island. 

But just before we get to Cat Ba Island, we stopped by this “Bangalow” (Huts-Looking Bangalow) for Lunch and most of the people are going to stay there for a night (without wifi and entertainment). 


After lunch, we took a mini boat to Cat Ba Island! 

That’s a similar bost that we are on excluding the all-round-protection which we don’t have. 

Along the way, there are many floating villages. 

Along the way, *Ching and I suffered quite a fair bit. From the cold air and splashing water that got us drenched! 

真是狼狈不堪!

A driver came to fetch us in his 7-seater to our Hotel. We were just glad that at least there are some shops and wifi in hotel! Powerful wifi! 

After some walking, we chilled at some cafe. 

Then we continued to walk aimlessly round the small small town (unable to roam too far on foot). 

Visited their local wet market and bought pineapple at just SGD1 for one whole small pineapple!!! ​


Happen to chance upon the transporting of chicken and duck on this super duper dusty bus, as tho it has not had a bath for thousand over years! 

Some “sight” seeing before we buy local products and back to hotel for dinner and rest! 

The food provided by the hotel for us is actually not bad! It is like a 8-course chinese banquet! Not forgetting the super fresh squid that we had. 

Hanoi with *Ching (2)

  We took some photos outside out hotel while waiting for the tour bus to come pick us up for our 3D2N Halong Bay + Cat Ba Island Trip! 
And soon after, our most uncomfortable bus ride to Halong Bay started. A 4 hours bus-ride! Being a short asian, my legs fit pretty well between seats. As for the westerners, it was the most unbearable ride ever.  

 Reached the harbour and was picked up by a small boat, bringing us to our royal palace cruise.  

   Roamed around the cruise before lunch was served.  
 We were served with a royal 5 courses lunch!  

    
    
    
 Sceneries while cruising into the unknown.  

   After lunch, we went to pearl farm!  

    
    
   And then we left and head towards the surprising cave.  
    
    
   Limestones and more limestones.  
    
 Pardon the poor quality. Photos not taken with proper camera 😆  

 Back to our cruise. They served us some small bites before dinner.  

 And we were being served with royal 5 course dinner. Similar to lunch but different ingredients used. And the best was the Bun Cha! Remember the bbq pork meat I was talking about yesterday???  

 After dinner, we did some squid fishing before they started the entertainment night.  

   Haha! Didn’t have nicer photo of him. This is the barman with the whitest and widest smile on board. Always smiling when our eyes meet. Feeling pai seh whenever I had to smile back😜😆😳 
He not photogenic 😏 Our cruise manager more charismatic woohoo! Photo of him will be posted 2 days later 😋

Hanoi with *Ching (1)

We have travelled together before – to Japan with PFM Gang and to Bangkok with HF & WC. And today, *Ching & I flew to Hanoi for our short getaway!  

 It is my first time with SIA – Singapore Airline! And we flew directly to Hanoi International Airport (Ok, I think it is called Noi Bai International Airport).  

 After picking up our luggage, we took a cab to our hotel – Hanoi Pearl Hotel! It looks pretty new and is located in the Old Quarter just beside their most famous lake – Ho Hoan Kiem. 

We rest awhile before heading out for lunch but before that…  

 Random walk lead us to the Ice Cream first. Do it like the local – and we bought an Ice Cream and sat on the tiny stool just right in front of the shop and by the road side.  

 And then some attractions – the cathedral and the most famous coffee chain – Cong Caphe!  

 Finally, we saw something that is pretty appetising. Roadside stall selling Pho. We each had a bowl of beef pho! The best that I ever had! Fresh beef slices and beef balls with kuay teow! Oh and I had a lot of chili (the cup filled with red bites). 

Ok, don’t expect it to be Super hygienic. I simple refuse to check out the condition of their “kitchen”. The wooden chopsticks and metal spoons were placed on the low plastic table. Wooden chopsticks look really dubious hahaha! But Just Eat!  

 And then, the famous lake – Ho Hoan Kiem!  

    
 Some shoots using my iphone6+  

 And after much walking, we decided to take a break and sat down in a theatre for water puppet show.  

 Still full, we sat down for a cuppa of coffee at Cong Caphe! We met fellow Singaporeans (who married a westerner lady) and they introduced a place to us for dinner! And so we went!!!!  

 Really a good place for dinner! I wouldn’t say the environment is good but the food was really good (except for that basket of disgusting vegetables). 

We had Bun Cha and fried spring rolls! Bun Cha refers to the bowl of bbq pork to be eaten with rice noodles. Their rice noodles look really dry but the moment it touches water, it turns really soft and springy! 

Why did I say the raw vegetables were disgusting – I was there observing the place and the people. Saw that they threw unfinished vegetables back into a bucket where they will scoop up new basket of vegetables for the next customers! Yucks! 

After dinner, we walked back to hotel. No happening night out 😜