"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures"
Image taken at Kariba Lake, Zambia
If you are used with noisy cities and vast skyscrapers, Indochina should be removed in your list. However, if you are seeking simplicity, diversity, history and quietness, this is the region where you should go!
Last October, we seize Indochina starting off in Hanoi, Vietnam – Vientiane, Laos – Bangkok, Thailand in a five day country crawl.
Here’s a travel video to sum up all what we had:
0200 – 0400: Arrived in Noi Bai International Airport
We arrived early in the airport so we stayed and sleep there. This is a usual practice for me though. I know that Hanoi is a sleeping city and arriving there early in the morningwouldn’t allow us to explore the city.
1. It’s hard to exchange currencies to currencies in Noi Bai international Airport esp when you arrive very early in the airport. Better have it exchanged in your local airport prior heading to Noi Bai.
2. Have your local currency exchanged to USD first then exchange it to another currency esp in this region. Aside from Vietnam Dong (VND) they also accept USD as a payment.
3.We trusted UBER instead of local taxi pips who offer a ride from the airport to Hanoi. Price wise, i guess we got a cheaper price having UBER as our ride from airport to Hanoi.
Free wifi yow. Updating status in Social Media. 🙂
0400 – 0500: Hostel Arrival
We had a bad experience in the hostel when we arrived. They let us in though the receptionist at that time was not accommodating compare to other receptionist through out our stay. Maybe we woke him up early and asked too many questions! Hahaha, that’s why he kept on shouting!
Nevertheless, with no charge, our hostel allowed us to have a bath and drop off things to enjoy our first day in Hanoi!
0600 – 0700: Hanoian Food trip
This year, we thought of seeking local foods. From the reviews i learned prior to this trip and self-educating research when i was creating our itinerary, i learned that Hanoi is a Foody! Sowe tried Beef Pho in the morning, paired with Egg coffee (for me the best tasting coffee so far in Asia) and bread.
0800 – 0900: Prep to halong Bay
After we strolled the area we had to go back to our hostel and have our things prepared to a day tour in Halong Bay. Click here for a separate post about Halong bay.