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The Chronicles in Hanoi, Vietnam: A Day Trip in Ha Long Bay

Hi All! Sorry for the late submission of this post. Haha.. It’s been delay for a long time. Let’s continue. Ok, my main reason to visit Vietnam is to visit Ha Long Bay because it is one of UNESCO world heritage. The day we arrived at Ha Long Bay, the weather is quite cloudy and dull so I can’t see the beautiful view of Ha Long Bay as it is surrounded by mist.

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Ha Long Bay Harbour
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Our Alova Day Cruise

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We depart from our hostel as early as 8am I think (short term memory.. Haha..). The journey takes quite long. It’s about 4 hours to arrived to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi. We took Alova Day Cruise Tour for this so from pick up transport to Ha Long Bay Cruise, lunch and sending us back to hostel all in their itinerary. What we do is just sit back and relax. :)

Upon arrival to Ha Long Bay Harbour, we’ve been guided to our cruise and been given a welcome drink and our seafood lunch. Then, we can mingling around the cruise and take pictures of Ha Long Bay. During our journey to Ha Long Bay, we’ve been given a tour briefing by our tourist guide, Sunny.

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Our 1st destination would be fisherman village. We’ve been given options to choose either kayaking or bamboo boat bowing around the village. But 2 of them have their own fees. It is separate from our trip fees. So we choose bamboo boat because we don’t want to get wet. Haha..

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Fisherman Floating Village
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Lucky Rocks

After getting around the floating village, we hop on our cruise and continue our ride to our 2nd destination which is Dong Thien Cung Cave. That will be in my next entry. Stay tuned!

 

The Chronicles in Hanoi, Vietnam: Because of “Sesuap Burger”

One fine day, when me and the “Free Gifts Queen” gets hungry because we didn’t gets any dinner yet. We waited for another “Anak Dara” in the hostel lobby as we already decided to meet up at the hostel lobby to hunt for a food together. We wait and wait and wait and it’s already past half an hour and I’ve going up and down just to ding dong his room bell. Still no response. Ok, this is bad. We borrow the hostel phone from the lobby and try to transfer the call to his room but no answer from him.

Grrrr! Ok, I know he’s already passed out. Maybe he’s too tired I think. Ok, for the last time, 2 hungry monsters going up to try they luck again. Ding dong ding dong! No one answered. Ok, now we need to knock the door in the loudest way. Knock! Knock! Finally, the sleeping beauty had wake up from his beauty sleep. We’re really hungry you know. Luckily we doesn’t eat you.

Our journey for hunting our food begins that night. It’s really hard to search for Halal food at Hanoi. Finally, we had remembered that we’ve passed the Lotteria restaurant before. Yes! The one and only fast food that we can consider to eat. We have eat this in Korea before so I think it’s not a problem.

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Sorry, I forgot to take a pics of the burger set. This is the pics of prawn burger set we’ve taken while we visiting Korea.

So, we search and continue searching and trying to remember where it’s located. It’s actually our “Sleeping Beauty” that can remember it well even we take a long way to arrived there. Lucky he’s our hero that day even he’s the one that made us become a Hungry Monster that day. Haha…

There it goes. Because of “Sesuap Burger”, we’ve suffered from walking and sweating all the way. Because of you Lotteria. It’s really a relief that night. Then, we continued to have a night walk at the night market nearby. What a tired day…

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The Chronicles in Hanoi, Vietnam: Bargains, Free Gifts & Shopping!

Hello there! Let’s continue with my story in Vietnam. Seems that I’ve hold it for so long. I know that I’m not really good in bargaining but travel with 2 persons that really like to shop and bargain is some kind of beneficial for me. Ngahaha…

Both of my travel partners really love shopping when travel but I’m really different from them. Seems like I’m the one and only alien there. Oh man! I’m a girl ok but why do shopping is not my thing? Ahaha… I’m a person who like to see beautiful and breathtaking places when travelling but when it comes to shopping, it’s only an additional thing when travel. Who’s agree with me? Raise your feet please..:p

There is a day when we go for a shopping at Old Quarter, my friend is bargaining to get the best price and she also asking for free gifts. Actually, the price is already cheap but she really gets what she wants. Wow! How lucky she is. What I can say is she’s a Free Gifts Queen. Haha… Because of her, the auntie also give me the same free gift she gave to my “Free Gift Queen” friend even I’m not buying anything from her. It’s a coin wallet actually. Thanks to my dear friend and also thanks to the generous auntie. “She likes you”, her daughter told us that her mother is really like us. Ohh really?? *Blushing*

Below are the items and souvenirs that I’ve managed to get from the souvenir shop near to my hostel. Please help yourself and “cuci mata” a bit.

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The Chronicles in Hanoi, Vietnam: May De Ville Backpackers Hostel

I found this hostel when I browse somebody’s blog. We may thought that it’s only an ordinary budget hostel but I’m totally wrong. I search for this hostel through Agoda too to see the ratings (it’s become my priority to check for the ratings before I proceed to booked). I found that there were 2 types of May De Ville Hotel. The one in Agoda is the luxury one where the price is quite high while another one is for budget traveller like me. I’m not satisfied because I can’t find this hostel through Agoda. Then I search for the website itself. Settle! There you are! You can click May De ville Backapackers hostel to check for the room rate.

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Coutesy of Hostelworld. I forgot to take a pics of this hostel. Hehehe… We eat breakfast here. It’s located in 10th floor if I’m not mistaken. Sorry, really a short term memory. :p
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Courtesy of Agoda. This is how our room looks like :)

Ok. I already know how it’s looks like because I’ve done so many research. Actually, hostel will be like hostel right? but this one is more than a hostel. It’s more like a hotel. 3 star hotel I think. What we got is more than what we expected. Worth our money for booking it. It’s really comfortable.

Located at Old Quarter where the tourist attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake, Water puppet, Dong Xuan Market and many other shops nearby. It’s really convenience. You may found a lot of souvenir shop once you going out from the hostel door.

I met Mahn Thien. He’s very nice. He even welcome us with the welcome drinks once we arrived. If you need anything, just buzz him and he will fulfilled it for you. I even treat him as a money changer. Ahaha.. I’ve a balance of USD and I find him just to exchange the USD to VND. I requested for the cloth iron too and he have fulfilled my wish also. Oh! he had give us a map and advise on how to get around. He’s like our tourist advisor too. Haha.. How nice he is.. right? He can speak english well so we doesn’t have any communication problem. Oh! he’s only in a day shift, so you can only find him during the day.

Overall, I’m satisfied with this hostel has offered us. If you’re going to Hanoi, this is the best place to stay. It’s in the heart of Old Quarter. :)

Our budget for 5 days

Around Busan in 5 days: The Budget

Hello everyone! I’ve finished my post about Busan. Sorry for taking so long for completing each post and I want to share with all of you that I’m the 4th place winner of Inspiring Korea Travel Stories that have been conducted by KTO (Korea Tourism Organization). Yeay! I’ve won Korea Pass worth 50,000won for writing “I Love View… Busan!”. I’m so excited and I’ll use that card next time I’ll visit Korea probably next year. Again?? Ahaha… Maybe…

Ok, back to my travel budget. There’s not much differences between my budget before and after I’m going to Busan and I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to follow the budget with the total cost of RM2000 includes shopping. Yeay! Hence, I still having my extra money once I got back from Korea.

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Our budget for 5 days

We’re a group of 4 and I decided to book for 4 bed dorm with shared bedroom at Mr. Egg Original Nampo Guesthouse for 82,800won (approx RM245.94) per person for 4 nights. The price is including 10% discount for liking their Facebook page. Wee! We’re so lucky because there’s no one book for the Nampo 2 (Female Hostel) that time since Nampo 1 (mixed hostel with private bathroom) is more preferrable by many. We’ve conquer almost all of the hostel facilities. Bwahaha!

We took Limousine Bus to Guesthouse worth 7,000won for one way trip and because we use the same bus for going back to the airport too, so the total would be 14,000won. Assumed it as a round trip prices. We’ve to use Hanaro Card for the transportation (for my friends that haven’t visit Korea before), so I add the price in the list also (even I’m only using Tmoney card there). I also manage to use 30,000won (approx RM82.72) card top up wisely. I still had another thousand won balance in my Tmoney. Heheh…

We managed to eat for RM222 total per person for 5 days. It lesser than previous budget also. The 1st table is the total cost for admission fee and other expenses during our 5 days in Busan. There you go! Our 5 days Busan budget cost for your references. Next trip would be? Hehe. :)

 

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Around Busan in 5 Days: Gwangalli Beach

We spend our nights to view the spectacular and popular view of Gwangan Bridge via Gwangalli beach. The view is so refreshing as we can feel the night breeze in seaside plus viewing the colorful lights of the Gwangan Bridge plus, a variety of colors on every building. It’s really pretty at night. There are some of the citizens playing fireworks, some of them going picnics and some of them even build a tent there.

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Gwangan Bridge
Gwangan Bridge

It’s time to snap snap snap some pictures! It’s really far when we have to walk from subway station actually. Maybe we’re so tired of walking, that’s why the Gwangalli beach seems so far away. I think we’ve to take around 15 minutes by walking. So, make sure you rest your tired foot before you reach here. Once you reach the destination, you’ll not feeling tired anymore. Nice night view at Gwangalli Beach. Recommended location especially when Busan Fireworks Festivals is held here (so sad can’t join the festival as I’m already going back to Malaysia on that date. Uhuhu…)

How to:
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Take a subway to Gwangan Station, Line 2, Exit 5

For more info, kindly visit http://etour.busan.go.kr/index.busan or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto

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Around Busan in 5 days: Pusan National University Shopping Alley & Seomyeon

A great evening at Busan, so refreshing. Now we’re heading to the place that the girls will love most. It’s shopping time! I’ll not shop any clothing and fashion items as it is quite expensive. We decided to visit both Pusan National University Shopping Alley and Busan Shopping Heaven, Seomyeon street. We can hear most of ballad song played along the road (there’s where I falling in love with K.Will’s It’s not you song) There are some inexpensive shops there but not many. Actually, my target is to buy some cosmetics items. The popular brand such as Etude House, The Faceshop, Skin Food and etc is really expensive here in Malaysia. I really love to wear their cosmetics and skin care as their products suits my skin well.

I bought many of the cosmetics items, you’ll not gonna believe this! It’s so cheap plus they have 50% discounts sale. I’m gonna be crazzyyyyy! Can you imagine, the price is double cheaper than Malaysia and we even get half price for it! For example, Etude CC cream worth RM80+, in Korea it is RM40+ (because the price would be half price than Malaysia’s branch price) plus 50%. You think how much you’ll save? It’s RM20+ after discount; you’ll save a lot you know.

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But one thing for sure, Busan people didn’t like to bargain for any discount. Most of the seller will make this sound “haihhh” as loud as possible in front of you. Some of them will ignore you and some will “halau” you from their shop. They totally different than Seoul people who like to give discount when requested (need to know where the place to bargain… Jangan main redah ja…). I’m not going to discriminate Seoul and Busan but this is the reality of it. It’s not only me and my friends experienced it but there is some of Malaysian also experiences the same situation.

How to:
(via subway)
Pusan National University Shopping Alley
Take a subway to Pusan Natl. Univ. Line 1, Exit 1 → 200m straight → Geumjeong Registry across the street intersection to the front gate of Pusan Natl. University

Seomyeon Shopping Street

Take a subway to Seomyeon Station

For more info, kindly visit http://etour.busan.go.kr/index.busan or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto

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