Confirmed; It’s Vietnam for the trip this upcoming Hari Raya break

Remember last week when I wrote a post on thinking which place to go for Hari Raya break on mid of August. At that time, we are still deciding between Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Today, I followed my dad to the tour company and has confirmed for three person to fly to Vietnam this upcoming Hari Raya holiday with payment of deposit sorted out today as well. It’s Vietnam at last, and I’m going to take a lot of pictures on the trip which is basically focusing on nature and temples.

Okay, I’m quite satisfied with the itinerary shown by the tour company which covers a lot of places going to be visited, all in five days. However, out of the five days, only three days are for tour while the first day and the last day are only allocated for flights (departing and return). And the cost per person is around RM 2300 ++. That is quite an expensive figure for a short 5 days trip. Going not far this time, only to Vietnam also costs that much, probably because the price escalates for trips on holiday period and that Vietnam is mainly using US currency, which is much higher than Malaysia currency.

This would be my first time going to Vietnam, a developing country, but still quite far behind from Malaysia’s status currently. Nevermind as it would be also quite a unique experience of having able to see under-developed countries like this with many different things to observe from their cultures to their lifestyles. Like what I mentioned before, my main objective of picking Vietnam is because of Halong Bay, a beautiful bay that caught my interest after it has been chosen as one of the seven wonders of nature. That is a must-go and a must-see.

According to the itinerary, we would be basically going to Hanoi city for the whole trip including some famous places nearby like Halong Bay and Tam Coc. In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, we are going to visit Ba Dinh Square (a famous square in the city where President Ho Chi Minh first read the Proclamation of Independence in 1945), Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Residence (an iconic building near the Ba Dinh Square where the president’s embalmed body is displayed), Temple of Literature (a temple dedicated to Confucius and the country’s first university was set up there), One Pillar Pagoda (an iconic and historic Buddhist temple), Hoan Kiem Lake (major scenic spot in the city, with name means ‘lake of the returned sword’), and 36 Ancient Street (having original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi, with shops selling merchandise near the Hoan Kiem Lake). At night, we would attend a Water Puppet Show that is performed in a waist-deep pool that showcases the unique Asian puppet tradition.

At Halong Bay, we would take a half-day boat trip along the bay to enjoy the majestic view offered. Multi-shaped rocks and dramatic caves are the highlight of the bay. At the bay, we would also proceed to Paradise Grotto and Wooden Stakes Cave, famous for stalactites that resembles shapes of humans and animals. At Tam Coc, we would climb aboard a tiny boat (might be dangerous here) for a peaceful cruise up a river. There are series of interlinked caves there and rowing through those natural marvels would be quite a thrill. Nearby, we would also go to Bich Dong, a pagoda on top of a hill for a pleasant view below. Then, we would be back to Hanoi to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda (pagoda with around 1400 years of history) and the State Theatre (an opera house with grand French architecture with Gothic and Mosaic characters) before leaving the next day, back to Kuala Lumpur that marks the end of the trip. The trip didn’t cover Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city of the country.

Now, I can’t wait any longer for the trip already. A bit excited, but it would only comes exactly three months later. I have to be patient. ¬†Vietnam, I’m going to come soon.


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