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Halong Bay, My Second Seven Wonders of Nature (Xin Chao Vietnam, Part 9, End)

And finally, the Vietnam trip was closed by my major agenda, visiting Halong Bay. That morning, on my second day in Hanoi, I was picked up by a minivan sent by the travel agent where I booked 2d1n tour. After picking up the other tourists I some hotel, the minivan left Hanoi to the harbor. I was in the same minivan with some Chinese look tourist sat beside me, Latin tourists behind me, and one couple with their little baby right in front of me. At the beginning, everybody was busy with their group and never chatted to another. But this would change when on the ship, where we would spend almost two days. The harbour Our ship As arrived at the harbor, we waited for a while until the tour guide led us to get into the harbor gate. Along with a group of Australian, led by the tour guide, we walked to the ship which was docking. The crew helped all the passengers to bring the baggage, while the tour guide asked us …

Fresh Report from Old Quarter, Hanoi (Xin Chao Vietnam, part 8)

Xin Chao Vietnam! This is Hendra, reporting you, live from Old Quarter, Hanoi. Pagi ini badan saya remuk redam setelah berkereta tiga puluh jam lebih dari Nha Trang ke Hanoi. Rasanya hari ini saya ingin full tidur saja seharian tanpa diganggu oleh siapa-siapa. Namun saya sudah terlanjur janjian dengan teman saya yang bernama Hung yang tinggal di kota ini. Kebetulan jadwalnya kosong dari pagi hingga siang nanti, ia memberitahu sama bahwa setengah jam lagi ia akan sampai di penginapan saya. Peta diunduh dari http://www.intrepidtravel.com/node/89949/printtripnotes Hanya beristirahat sebentar, saya langsung mandi dan bersiap-siap. Selesai berpakaian, saya menunggu di lantai limaΒ  yang berupa ruang rekreasi (ada billiard pool, home theatre, beberapa buah PC untuk internetan,Β  mini bar dan balkon untuk bermalas-malasan). Sekitar 15 menit, sms Hung masuk ke ponsel saya. Ia sudah berada di depan penginapan. Suasana Old Quarter Benar saja, Hung yang saya kenal dari sebuah grup ASEAN Community dan pernah menjadi admin di grup tersebut menyambut saya dengan tersenyum. Setelah bersalam-salaman, Hung membawa saya menuju halte bus terdekat. Katanya, kita akan berkunjung ke Museum Etnografi …