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a peaceful pocket & the last train: five days to fall in love with Hanoi 

The only way into the heart of Halong Bay is via tour guided cruise. Although there is a variety of cruise companies to choose from, their itinerary are about the same, and ranges from day tours to 2D1N and 3D2N tours. The size of each ferry is approximately the same too with a capacity of approximately 20 to 25 persons, excluding the crew. We booked our 2D1N tour on Halong Galaxy Cruise through Agoda. Any enquiries we had regarding the tour thereafter were promptly attended to via email.  Onboard our cruise, we went through an introductory session, where we were all assigned seats in the dining area and allocated our bedrooms. I...

coffee & dragons: five days to fall in love with hanoi

The evening we finally got round to booking our hotels, K was intently searching for the best accommodation we could get for our budget when I randomly chirped aloud: “I believe I will join you on your coffee adventure in Vietnam.” His response was one of brief surprise, followed by an approving: “You should. Coffee is good. And… it’s Vietnam.” K couldn’t be more right.  It was black, it was bold and it was beautiful. It was coffee and at first sip, I fell in love. It surprised me; I surprised me. The aroma of Vietnamese coffee is intoxicatingly strong with notes of a strangely pleasant pungency. You could have...