Ha Long Bay Cruise Day 3 – Departing and back to Hanoi

Travel Period: 21 Sep – 28 Sep 2014

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Hanoi Day 7 Itinerary –

From Ha Long City to Hanoi

We had to wake up early for breakfast at 7 am and check-out of our rooms by 9.30am. The luggages would be stored somewhere and we would have to wait outside on the decks while the ship head back to harbour. As we didn’t want to participate in the tea ceremony demonstration, we sat at the sidewalk where there are tables and chairs.


Dar was so sad to see the harbour again. He loves to be on the cruise so much and couldn’t bear to leave… (after this trip, ships became his favourite transport replacing trains).

It was 10 am then. We took a pick-up van back to Hanoi again (3-4hours stop), resting at the same souvenir shop for toilet break for about 30 minutes. We didn’t want to eat there and thus, just ate some snacks we had brought along. 


Back at the Hotel

It was around 2:30 pm when we finally checked in at Calypso Suites Hotel again with the staff warmly welcoming back. We really love the place and felt as if we were “coming home”. Dar loves it too and he was so happy that our tour was not over…yet!

Cannot stop laughing and smiling…

This time, we moved one level higher to the highest floor. The room decoration was exactly the same. When we settled in, the staff brought in the main luggage we had stored with them, before leaving for the 3 days 2 nights Ha Long Bay Cruise. It was past lunch time and we were really famished. Hence, we quickly walked out to search for lunch in the Old Quarters.


Thai Express

At the second last day of our Hanoi trip, we decided to try some Thailand food for a change, and remembered the Thai Express restaurant that we spotted along Cau Go Street, just opposite the Hoan Kiem Lake. {Read about our experiences with different streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and what they mainly sell }


We have eaten at Thai Express back in Singapore several times, so after our experience at Hanoi, we noticed that the the food was equally tasty, with the one in Hanoi having the advantage of being cheaper than the outlets in our home country. We ordered Pineapple Rice and Seafood Tom Yum soup and were satisfied with their quality.


We went back to rest in our room and prepared to roam the Weekend Night Markets for some shopping and street food, for our last night in Hanoi.

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