We arrived Hanoi at around that night, and was picked up by a ride we have previously booked online for USD12. Too tired from the 2- 3 hour flights from Manila, the 40 minute taxi ride going to HanoiCity seemed too long. The first thing I’ve noticed though, was the signature structure of the houses in Hanoi. They were towering, some as high as 5 stories, but all had a base area of probably less than 100 sq. meters. There are no lawns or gardens on their lots, yet you could very much see the French influence on the architecture of the buildings. The streets bustled with scooters and bicycles everywhere.
Before we headed to our hostel we had to pass through Ma May Street, where we had to pay for our Halong Bay Cruise the following day. The street is lined with travelling agencies, all ready to lure you to their HalongBay and other Vietnam tour packages. We got APT Travel and Tours, paid USD54/pax for our 2 days, 1 night cruise in HalongBay. The package also included: 3 meals on board, overnight in a A/C cabin w/ private bath (2 per room), pick up and drop off from hotel, swimming and kayak too. Good deal i’d say.
Nice and clean hostel for USD7
Finally, we could both go to our hostel.
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel was a friendly place where guests are greeted with a free beer. Owned by 2 Aussie guys who have now found settlement in lovely Hanoi, everyone in the hostel is too western, most backpackers would say “It’s just like home”. Sylvia and I both looked lost in a swarm of Caucasians, being the only 2 Asians on board. But there was nothing else we looked forward to that night, but the long awaited HalongBay cruise the next day.
Ill write more about Hanoi once weve done the exploring on Day 4.
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