I Am Back in Hanoi!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Hotel Elegance 1

Flag of Vietnam  , Ha Nội,
Saturday, December 26, 2009

I am back in Hanoi. This trip I am staying at Elegance 1 around the corner from Elegance 2. The Hotel Elegance staff once again arranged my tourist visa on arrival and taxi transportation from the airport to the hotel. The staff here is so lovely, welcoming, and helpful! My room overlooked very old buildings, a nice Hanoi old city view and was nice and quiet! The in room complimentary desktop computer is a great convenience. Now I can personally vouch for Hotel Elegance 1, 2, and 3. They are all terrific places to stay in Hanoi. I have not stayed in Elegance 4 yet, and watch for Elegance 5 which is due to open later this year! Thank you Hotel Elegance once again. For this solo woman traveler, the safety, comfort, and good value of your lodgings is really appreciated!

This evening my friend Nguyet invited me to her home for dinner. Her family lives 15 km from the center of Hanoi and we went both ways on her motorbike. I had a really thorough (and thrilling) tour of Hanoi! I loved meeting Nguyet's mother, father and sister and seeing their beautiful home. Nguyet's mother, Ms. Hoa, made a very tasty diner of fish soup and fish and green vegetables, and of course rice. I treasure every invitation to visit a Vietnamese home. And I really appreciate a home-cooked meal after so many months on the road!

In the morning, I leave early for Halong City!

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