Monday, August 26, 2013

Hanoi's Old Quarter

Hanoi's Old Quarter is frenetic, historically and culturally rich, and is an exciting place to be in.


There were a barrage of motorcycles rushing to and fro on all of the streets in Hanoi. I didn't really feel like there were traffic rules because some motorcycles just moved through the sieves between cars, buses, and stores.


Motorcycles, people, cars, and tables were parked by the sidewalks which often forced people to walk on the streets.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hanoi City Tour

On my last full day in Hanoi, I decided to explore what this frenetic and culturally rich city had to offer.

Tran Quoc Pagoda



Tran Quoc Pagoda was the first destination on the itinerary. It is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. Many locals visit this pagoda a day before their wedding to pray and ask for good luck. During our trip to this pagoda, there was a wedding being held. 




Monday, August 12, 2013

Halong Cruise Part 2

It was the second day of my cruise aboard the Victory Star and I was looking forward to the day's activities.


Halong Bay means 'Descending Dragon bay'. Legend has it that a dragon flew over Vietnam and protected its people from foreign invaders. It spread thousands of jewels into the bay which formed thousands of islets and islands.




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Halong Cruise Part 1

The UNESCO Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay, has been on my to visit list since I started to travel. And now, I finally had the chance to set my eyes on this beautiful masterpiece of nature.


I was given the chance to board the Victory Star during my 2 days and 1 night trip around Ha Long Bay. The company covered the transportation from the hotel to the ship and the transfer back to the hotel the next day. After a four hour trip through the countryside, I finally got to board the ship.




Monday, August 5, 2013

Itinerary & Expenses for Guimaras & Iloilo Trip

I had fun during my stay in Iloilo and Guimaras. The Ilonggos were soft spoken and friendly which added to the province's charm. It must be great to have delicious mangoes, beaches, and falls just right around the corner.

Guisi Beach


Thursday, August 1, 2013