04 November 2006

Suggestions, Anyone ??

La la la .. la la la la la ... la la la ... la la la la la ...


Suggestions, anyone? Fascinating as it seems, visited Hanoi a few times, but it was always about work. So, what's good in Hanoi?


13 comments:

pelf said...

I'd suggest you take me with you =) I'd prefer Hanoi to Langkawi =)

Anonymous said...

Never been there but might be going in Feb. :D

Che-Cheh said...

Me too no idea about Hanoi but should be a nice place for hol.

moz monster said...

pelf:
So, you think you can fit into my luggage ? I have one that might just be big enough ...

anonymous:
Guess you should then wait for my report and plan your itinerary. =p

che-cheh:
Don't you have any books about Hanoi? I just bought a book, and I'm planning my itinerary now ...

angel said...

nyonyapenang just came back from there.

why hanoi?

moz monster said...

angeliuliu:
Dear angeliuliu, Hanoi is not as bad as NP put it. Anyways, different people have different expectations of their holidays.

I think pinkpau found it very good, and with my backpack buddies, I think it'll turn out great too.

I think it's more adventurous going to 3rd world places compared to London, Sydney, etc ... so predictable, those places.

Minny said...

I was there exactly this time time last year. The city of Hanoi is actually quite dull and still developing. Everything's cheap so shopping is about all you can do.

Make sure you do the trip to Halong Bay which is close by. Take a boat ride out to the caves.

There is casino gambling in the Halong Bay area to cater for the Chinese people across the northern border of Vietnam.

angel said...

You have just been tagged.

Oh, and I hope you didn't mean that those cities are not worth your time/$$ to visit. You are able to say it's "predictable" because you are lucky enough to have visited 'em in your course of work/studies. Most of us are not entitled to that privilege, Master Moz.

moz monster said...

minny:
Thanks for the tip. There are plans to visit Halong bay, yes, but we're all non-gamblers, so I think we'll skip the casino part ...

angeliuliuliu:
Wah ... kena tag ... ok ok ... I'll do when I have time. Sure do one ... when angeliuliu tag, I doliu.

Anyways, London/Sydney/western cities are somewhat predictable in the attractions, which is why I'm a 3rd world country vacationer. I get to work mostly in these places, which are great, really, just lack that ... spontaniety ... Singapore is a one such example, IMHO.

I guess you can say I like ulu ulu place ...

Inevitable said...
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Inevitable said...

bugger get to travel again... *go and sulk at the corner*

moz monster said...

inevitable:
don't sulk lah ... if you want, you can join us too ... still can accomodate 1 more person ... *tug inevitable out from corner* ... you also just come back from australiu why ...

Anonymous said...

For a unique high-end experience, book passage aboard the Emeraude -- a copy of a French steamer that once plied these waters in the early 20th century. Certainly the largest boat at 55m (180 ft.), the elegant Emeraude has 38 cabins, a fine-dining outlet, and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The luxury trip comes with a price tag, of course, but the 2-day, 1-night cruise is well worth it.

Leaving Hanoi at 8am, you'll check in at the private Emeraude pier and be shuttled to the boat. Before checking in to your cabin, you'll enjoy welcome drinks and a quick orientation. Compact, as ship cabins always are, onboard rooms are decked out in hardwood, with nice fixtures like air-conditioning, a private reading lamp, slippers for shuffling about the decks, and a tidy, compact bathroom area with toilet, shower, and a separate room for a small sink stand. Everything onboard is retro, which means pleasing hardwood, brass, and fine linens. The oversize wicker chairs on the top deck are cozy, and you'll find shaded areas as well as sun-worshipping space. A casual, friendly atmosphere pervades, especially when the corks start popping.

Dining onboard is a delicious buffet, and most guests find themselves sharing a meal with new friends. Lunch on day 1 is followed by a stop at the Surprise Cave, then an afternoon of cruising and great views of the islands. The boat docks in a quiet harbor and guests have an opportunity to, on their own or with a guide, explore nearby Trinh Nu and Hang Trong, the Virgin Cave and the Cave of the Winds, or take a dip in the bay. The back of the boat is low in the water and there is a sturdy ladder making it easy to get on and off (the adventurous will join the crew for dives off the upper decks). Dinner is a sumptuous affair of fine local cuisine (heavy on seafood) and good Western options. Enjoy drinks on the upper deck as you watch the moonlight glisten off the bay.

Day 2 starts with tai chi classes on the sun deck as a brilliant sunrise paints its colors on the arching canvas of high limestone peaks jutting from the glassy waters. Blissful. After your exercise, tuck in to a hearty Western-style breakfast. The boat returns to the dock by 9:30am, and a direct transfer finds you back in Hanoi by lunchtime. The trip is quite memorable, and a ride on this retro ship, outfitted to the nines, is unique to Halong Bay. The price for the overnight cruise is $290 for a luxury cabin for two and $490 for the one-suite room, but discounts for larger groups are available. Transfer from Hanoi costs $100 for a four-seat vehicle. Check the website at www.emeraude-cruises.com or call the offices at the Press Club in Hanoi (tel. 04/934-0888; fax 04/934-0899).