IndoChina: Hanoi

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:

Day 00
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 morning  wouldn’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! So  we 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.

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Interesting post. I learned much about Hanoi from it! It's good to ask questions when you're traveling!

  2. I LOOOOOVE HANOI! It's definitely one of my favorite cities and your blog post made me miss Vietnam so much! I can't wait to go back <3

  3. I haven't been to Hanoi. Heard that it is a great place to visit and the food worth trying!

  4. Covering many places in 5 days. That was tiring but worth an adventure. I haven't been to Hanoi. Been talking about visiting Vietnam one day.

  5. Pretty cool. So I guess it's important to have uber when you're going there. Plus, thanks for the tip of exchanging money prior to leaving the airport 🙂 cheers man

  6. Wow, that's a lot of places to see in 5 days! WOOT. I wanna visit Vietnam, but I will see. Japan trip comes first.

  7. This looks like such a fun trip, and it's good that you went with such a good group of people, who you travel with can really make or break an experience. I would love to visit all these places myself, but until that day comes I will just have to live vicariously through you haha.

    Wandering Everywhere

  8. Indeed, it boils to the people and food!

  9. thanks, i surely will follow you back! Thank you and hoping you learned!

  10. If you love eating, it's a place to visit!

  11. Thanks Jeng, money should be talked about here because it's important!

  12. Thanks Jeng, money should be talked about here because it's important!

  13. It was tiringly achieving! You must try it too!

  14. hahahaha, thanks. This buddies i have are for keeps, if we need to run, they will! They're so into everything!

  15. Oh yeah, please share about Japan, am ecited for yah!

  16. I just saw on your Twitter column on the right side of the page– Zambia. Wow! I can't wait to read about it. The world is small a d the time is short.

  17. It looks like a grand adventure. You get to see all of God's beautiful world firsthand.

  18. Awe! Thanks Sandi, please do pray for me in this new journey!

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