Golden Spring Hotel
Travel Blogs from Hanoi
... more basic than just making things prettier or more comfortable for Western tourists!
After a 20 min wander, we had circled the stupa, Claire had acquired a suitable postcard for her collection and we were on our long return leg towards the 1200 departure from the hotel. We walked back across the Parade Square and stopped by the Revolutionary Monument which we unanimously agreed to nickname the wedding cake. Time for some photos including some air shots ...
... hostels are more like hotels here, all except for the lack of window in our room making it a bit claustrophopbic! But the main woman running it makes the place and this morning we booked our tour to Halong Bay and a sleeper bus down to Hue for the next day before going out exploring with a couple of guys in our hostel. They've pretty much done the same countries we want to do so has been very handy for getting tips of where to go. We spent our day dodging ...
... bedroom window
- Not being so unusual and, as a result, stared at whenever I'm not in the tourist area
- Reliable wifi!
- Reliable electricity
- Reliable hot water
- My clothes not taking a week to dry because of the humidity
But most of all, I am really excited to start my next internship at UNICEF in London and, after that, to start uni at LSE. Bring on the next challenge ...
We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant that trains and support local youths to get a job in hospitality. Great food.
After lunch we walked around the corner to the Temple of Literature, which is now a monastery and was formerly the first university in Vietnam. We also visited the one pillar pagoda which is 1000 years old. Amazing.
Back to the hotel around 3pm, then wandered the backstreets and did some ...
... in halong bay, the guide said there are over 700 registered tour boats in Halong Bay and I believe him! Cat Ba was THE highlight of Hanoi. Cat Ba has the same rock formations (called karsts) that Halong Bay has, but, Cat Ba is much less commercialized and has a lot fewer tourists. I stayed in a bungalow on a tiny tiny stretch of beach on one of the islands. In fact, you could not go anywhere on the island because there were ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking