Budget Trip report 2019

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Hanoi

Booked in advance with Vietnam Budget Tour, arrived Hanoi, checked into Impressive Hotel, they had a car pick us up at the airport.

Great hotel, in old town. Walked around old town for the evening, ate dinner in the hotel restaurant which was lovely.

Halong Bay

Next day picked up for Ha Long Bay 2 night tour on Indochina Sails. Had a fantastic time in Ha Long Bay. We were 2 of only 4 people who stayed for the extra day which included kayaking, fishing village and Pearl farm.

Back to Impressive Hotel and did evening motorcycle tour with Hanoi Backstreet Tours: Half Day Hanoi Food, culture & Fun on Vintage Motorbike . Loved it…included lots of backstreets, black market, food market, several stops for food all of which was delicious, included egg coffee; also to Train Street and watched two trains go by, having beer at a sidewalk cafe in between trains.

Danang

Next day flew to DaNang via Vietnam Airlines (purchased tickets for $75 each in August). Had hotel Car pickup service arranged from Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel.

Really lovely hotel, great staff. Wandered about Hoi An in the evening, and had dinner at Morning Glory 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc; had the roast duck with banana flower salad which was fantastic, and also had the morning glory.

Next day wandered the Old Town. Sightseeing… Need tickets. http://www.hoianworldheritage.org.vn/en.hwh Ticket Office in Old Town.

For the afternoon, we rented a motorcycle and went to the beach. Not very busy in November, water a bit rough but still quite enjoyable for us Canadians!

Hotel had lounge chairs on the beach we could use. Had a lovely lunch at one of the beach side restaurants.

Booked a Sunset dinner cruise with Cinnamon Cruises. cinnamoncruises.com/romantic-sunset-dinner-c…

We were the only 2 people on the boat..food was fantastic and cruise along the river was lovely plus they gave us lanterns to wish and put in river…romantic!

Next day did the full day bicycle tour with http://www.vietnam-bicycle.com/ Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours – Real Vietnam bicycle tour (23 km). Again there was only the two of us on this tour, so we got a private tour without paying for it! Lily, our guide was amazing…positive, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was one of the best experiences on this trip. We went up river on a boat for an hour and then rode around the countryside, stopping at local crafts and businesses/farms.

Hue

Next day, rented a motorcycle from Le Family Riders to drive across Hai Van Pass to Hue. So we rode a motorcycle and there were two guides accompanying us, each of which had another tourist ride with them. All or our luggage (four of us) was strapped to the three bikes. This was another definite highlight of our trip.

They were extremely well organized with interesting stops about every hour so we could get off the bikes and stretch. This trip included a sea food lunch at an amazing restaurant on the ocean. Also included swimming at Elephant falls, and of course, the highlight of driving over the Hai Van mountain pass from South Vietnam to North Vietnam.

In Hue we stayed at Hue Riverside Villa. Great place but a bit hard to find, down a back alley but beautiful location on the river and right downtown.

Next day toured the Citadel, hiring a local guide. It was OK.

Saigon

That afternoon flew to Saigon, checked into Huong Sen Hotel. For the evening did the XO Food Tour…another highlight of our trip even though it poured rain that evening. Lots of great stops with interesting food and fun.

Next day toured Chu Chi tunnels, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum.

Mekong Delta

Last day in Vietnam was at a Homestay in the Mekong Delta

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