6D5N Vietnam Day 6 : Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi Charming Hotel, AirAsia, Uncle Chin Chicken Rice, KLIA-LCCT

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05.42 am – Woke up to a super early breakfast of toasts and tea.

06.15 am – All packed and ready to go.

Checked out.

06.20 am – Got into the private car.

07.02 am – Began lining up to check in to our flights.

Checked in 13kg worth.

Got the boarding pass and passport chopped.

KL, here we come!

07.29 am – Arrived at the departure gates. So sad. The first day being the happiest and the last being the saddest. =(

09.25 am – Take off!

10.17 am – Brunch time!

Vivian’s boring brunch. =P

Fortune cookie says…

10.39 am – Began watching The Game starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn.

12.35 pm – Added an hour to the watch.

6D5N Vietnam Day 5 : Museum Of Ethnology, Bun Cha Dac Kim, Banh Bao Dac Biet, Tet Lantern, Hong Lam, Kim Lai Cafe, Slow Drip Weasel Coffee, Cho Dong Xuan, Kem Trang Tien, Kem Oc Que, Ly Thai To, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Thach Dua Hoa, Nom Hai Sinh, Thit Bo Kho, Balcony Bar, Biere Larue

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09.18 am – Had breakfast, showered, shitted and was ready to rock and roll!

09.43 am – Our personal tour guides (1 on 1) of the day came to meet us at the hotel, hopped into the taxi and proceeded towards our first destination.

09.52 am – The Museum of Ethnology.

A must visit place if you’re in Hanoi!

The girls buying the tickets.

Operating hours.

A ticket cost VND 25,000.

Layout of the entire museum.

The first thing we came across was this funny tall structure.

Ha (in red) and Tran (in black) explaining how Vietnam is divided into 54 different ethnic groups.

I find it very important to have a tour guide with you because they can explain in details the things you are looking at. If I came here alone, I’d have no idea what I’m looking at and it’d be meaningless.

Water puppetry, a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century CE when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

Traditional wear and stuff of a particular tribe.

Vietnamese conical hat called ‘non la’ at different stages.

The baskets are all fish traps.

What’s amazing is how SO MANY is stacked and transported on a bicycle!

Taoist altars that can also be found back here in Malaysia.

Dong Ho, a place well known in Vietnam for hand-made woodblock prints.

Puppets.

Explanation of ethnic groups along the wall.

A trap for doves.

Musical instruments.

Traditional wear.

Kitchen utensils.

Different types of boat miniatures.

10.21 am – AIDS section.

The pie of how AIDS spread.

Audio booths.

A dress made out of condom.

Types of condom brand.

Condom decorations.

I failed to find a paper and pen around to write a note and hang it on the wall.

10.36 am – And then we went outdoors.

The water puppet schedule.

6D5N Vietnam Day 4 : Hanoi Charming Hotel, Pho, Halong Bay, 1 Day Tour, Junk Boat, Kayak, Dong Thien Cung, Broken Driveshaft, Ly Beo, Pho Bo, Hang Dao Dong Xuan Night Market, Hoan Kiem Lake, Huc Bridge

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07.10 – The dining area that can fit only 12 at a time.

There were 3 type of breakfast sets to choose from. Being in Vietnam and not eating Vietnamese just doesn’t feel right.

Still sleepy V.

Took a name card from the reception. I find it very important to have the hotel’s name card with you all the time.

A hot cup of coffee.

A glass of lime juice.

The super awesome authentic original Vietnamese pho!

A banana for dessert.

My birthday dessert! (Today is Vivian’s birthday. 6D5N Vietnam is actually her gift.)

08.17 am – Mai, our tour guide of the day, came to the lobby to bring us to

the van.

Passed by Hoan Kiem Lake, residence of the famed 1000 year old turtle.

How the van looks like.

After going to several other hotels to pick up passengers, we started our journey towards Halong Bay.

10.46 am – Stopped by a statue factory.

I guess here’s where tours to Halong Bay usually stop by.

Out of courtesy, I still walked through the place but quickly, and found the kitchen!

The Vietnamese curly noodles were excellent!!

12.41 pm – At last, after 4 long hours, we arrived at the front entrance of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf.

We already have a boat waiting for us so we just walked right to it.

Hundreds of junk boats!

Our junk boat for the day, Ha Long 08.

12.54 pm – Left the pier and proceeded towards

the beautiful limestone karsts by the sea.

And then I became captain.

Passed by another junk boat.

It was sooooooooo cold. Imagine being blown by 9 degree celsius wind.

And then we got nearer and nearer to the cluster of limestone karsts.

The rock fishermen go to pray for a good day’s catch before heading out to sea.

01.26 pm – And then we arrived at the floating farms.