Tailor made trip to Vietnam….part 1
by Grove Travel
Back in March I was lucky enough to visit Vietnam with my Husband and Son……I know I’m only just getting around to blogging about it but its been a busy time!
I tailor made my own itinerary as we wanted to be free to do our own thing, so we flew into Hanoi including a visit to Halong Bay and then down to the beach in Nha Trang and finally on to Saigon.
Here are my thoughts on each place I will break into 4 blogs………..
We first arrived in Hanoi to a hot and humid day, we were met at the airport and taken to our hotel in the old quarter. The staff rushed out and formed a human chain across the road to allow us to get into the hotel, thank goodness they did! It takes a while to get used to crossing the road in Vietnam. We Brits are just not used to stepping into the road and letting the traffic steer around us , if we did that here we wouldn’t last long!!
The hotel was in short PERFECT.
Situated in The Old Quarter, The Oriental Central is a small hotel with only 25 rooms and the most amazing staff with attention to detail that I haven’t experienced in all my years of travelling.
I had advised them it was my Son’s birthday and they had a cake specially made with his name on in his room with the candles lit and the bed covered in rose petals. Each room comes with a little tray of goodies. Crisps, biscuits, fruit , water, tissues that kind of thing.
The breakfast room is small but there is everything you need for a day in bustling Hanoi, including the traditional Pho alongside toast and croissants. The staff are happy to help you with just about anything, dinner reservations, ideas on where to visit and even checking you in for your next flights.
Hanoi itself its a great city, its full of life and there are people everywhere. The hotel is a short stroll over to Hoan Kiem Lake which is a lovely place for a walk and a look at the Den Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain Temple which can be accessed by a red painted bridge.
We also visited the “Hanoi Hilton” or Hoa Lo Prison to use the correct name, this is the famous prison which was built in 1896 and held a lot of political prisoners as well as US pilots during the Vietnamese war. Its pretty harrowing and not for the faint hearted.
There are many other museums and places to visit such as The Opera House, Ho Chin Min Mausoleum, St Joseph’s cathedral.
For a bit of R&R head back to the Old Quarter and visit a spa or maybe a Bia Hoi which is fresh beer for around 15 pence a glass!
It felt awful to leave, the staff made us feel like family and even gave my Husband a packet of the coffee he loved to have at breakfast.