Still The Best Place I’ve Been

So ive been to a few more adventures since my mind blowing trip to Peru and to Machu Picchu. Firmly on top of all my places visited I have questioned if there is any place at all in the world that would knock Machu Picchu as the greatest place I can visit. I believed my Cambodian trip to Siem Reap would challenge Machu Picchu and although it came close, it just wasn’t enough to change my mind on Machu Picchu.
My current Top 5 Visited (click to see read blog or watch videos)

  1. Peru, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  2. Cambodia, Siem Reap (Bayon)
  3. Philippines, Cebu (Tison Falls)
  4. Finland, Rovaniemi(Lapland)
  5. Spain, Pamplona (San Fermin Festival)

“As mind blowing and spectacular as Bayon was, it just didn’t give me the chills that Machu Picchu gave me.”

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#2 Bayon

Please click below to see the post I wrote about the whole Machu Picchu.

https://sunandthreestars.blog/2018/04/09/aguas-calientes/

Is there any place that you think would beat Machu Picchu?

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#4 Finland, Rovaniemi
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Kyoto

Type : City, Provincial
Best Date : Feb-May
Expense : Expensive
Things to do : Sightseeing, religious prayers, dining, shopping, dress up in kimono, ect
Points of Interest: Nijo Castle, Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-Dera, Gion, Kyoto Impreial Castle, Nishi Hogan-Ji, ect
The Good: Best preserved Japanese culture
The Bad: Generally expensive

Brief

Kyoto is another of Japans former capitals. Rich and famous for is various Buddhist temples, shrines, gardens, imperial palaces and wooden houses. The Prefecture or city is said to be the historical and cultural centre of the country with its traditional society, dining and architecture still experienced today. The kaiseki dining and the female entertainers known as geishas are found within this city.

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The Place

Getting a train from Osaka to Kyoto (S rapid train) within 30minutes was amazing to say the least, even though it was very busy and crowded. I was expecting to get out of a very rural small station but was surprised to arrive to a large station just like Osaka central. Walking out of the station I was starting to get a vibe that Kyoto was anything but provincial but another metropolis.

I arrived in Kyoto in the evening and planned to check-in and head straight out to visit what I could. The first building you see once stepping out of the main entrance of the station is ‘Kyoto Tower’ which is an observation tower overlooking the city, I didn’t enter the building but ive heard its a sight to see. After we planned a trip to a place called Shijo Dori (Shijo Street) to have something to eat and see what the nightlife is like as it was also the area for their clubs and bars. Walking around the streets there were plenty of shops some more traditional than others. Arcades were also a big thing around these streets and can get very busy with local children, some even still in their school uniform.

The next morning we went to ‘Fushimi Inari-Taisha’ it rained but this gave our experience a little more character. Dating back to year 794 when Kyoto was capital, this shrine is one of the most important which is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, Inari. The iconic shrine is famous for having over a thousand orange vermilion torii gates which routes up mount Inari and into the wooden forest. The experience was incredible, the whole visit took about 3-4 hours in total trekking up and down the shrine. There were plenty of stops and different shrines to visit. I saw lots of fox statues and didn’t know what they were for till I found out that foxes are seen to be the messenger for the God Inari. The top of the mountain (shrine) was a bit of an anti climax (in my opinion) as there was nothing different than the various shrines that you pass along the way.

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After hiking for almost 3-4 hours, we went back to Shijo street then got something to eat in ‘ Nishiki market’ which is known to have the best traditional food in the city.

On that same day we also visited the ‘Kiyomizu- Dera’ which is a one of Kyoto’s notable attractions. ‘ Kiyomizu Dera’ is a huge Buddhist temple which is significant to the city and named a UNESCO world heritage site. When I visited the main building was being refurbished and had plenty of scaffolding and a cover, so it wasn’t as picturesque as it would normally be. Nonetheless the Kiyomizu-Dera is one of Kyoto’s main attractions and must be visited, even with all the construction the place was still very beautiful and scenic.

‘Gion’ is also an excellent place to visit especially in ‘ Hanamikoji Dori’ the street famous for the Geisha tradition. Filled with long-established wooden buildings, this area is also famous for its traditional dining and hospitality. The walk is only about 10 minutes from one end to the other and the Geishas are rarely seen, there are very strict rules in the street which include no touching of the geishas, selfie sticks, littering and others alike. Take note although dining here is a must, it is very expensive.

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Nishi-Hogan-Ji is another place that should be visited as it is the largest school for a particular type of Buddhism. Here you will find beautiful large traditional Japanese architecture.

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One place that is not really advertised for tourist to visit is actually an observation point above Kyoto station. Here there are views of Kyoto but the most observed are its stairs with LED lights acting like one huge screen where short light shows happen. I don’t know a special name for this place but yeah, the light stairs!

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Conclusion

Kyoto was the best place I went to in for Japanese culture and history. I was expecting a provincial rural atmosphere but was surprised that the whole city looked like a miniature Osaka and Tokyo with many lit up and technological areas such as ‘Gion’. Although it rained when I was there, this only just gave the city more character. Tourists rent Kimonos and Geisha outfits whilst around the city. This was interesting as this is not done in any other place around the world with their local traditional outfits. I did however under estimate the time I needed in the city, so there were plenty more places I haven’t visited.

Back to my Japan Trip
Reference:

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3915.html

Photo:

www.circumnavacation.com (Kyoto station light show)
663highland (Nishi Hogan Ji)

Cardiff

Type : City
Best Date : 
Apr-Sep
Expense :
Fair
Things to do : Nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing ect
Points of Interest: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, Principality stadium, Caerphilly stadium, Cardiff Millennium Centre and more
The Good: Plenty bars, restaurants and shops
The Bad: I cant think of any

Brief

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is known to be one of Britain’s flattest cities. It is located South of the country at the mouth of ‘River Severn’. The city is best known to be the smallest and newest capital cities only becoming a Capital on 1955.

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The Place

Cardiff is an interesting place to go whilst in the United Kingdom. Although relatively small there are various places to visit and whether you want to relax, dine, shop or learn the city has plenty to offer.

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Firstly Cardiff is famous for its shopping, the city has gone through heavy investment to establish itself a haven for shops. The capital itself is known as the city of ‘shopping arcades’, there are plenty of indoor Victorian arcades all which are lit by daylight. The shops within these arcades vary from traditional products, jewellery, textiles and also many cafes and restaurants. ‘Cardiff Market’ is also a credible place to visit. A traditional Victorian indoor market which sells fresh fruits, vegetables from local farms and fish which have just been caught.

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Secondly the bay which has gone a huge redevelopment, host many luxurious cafes and restaurants for a chilled relaxing day or a lively night atmosphere. Across the road from the bay is Cardiff’s ‘Millennium Centre’ which is the city’s stage for performing arts, many shows are played here every month. Next to the Millenium centre is the ‘Pierhead’ which has had significance in shaping the city. Once the centre of commerce for the country, now used for various exhibitions about the city and can host conference for locals. ‘Roald Dahl Plass’ named after the famous Cardiff born author is the plaza in the heart of the bay, this is a popular place for open air concerts. A walk along the bay when the sun is out is an amazing experience, it is not that big but the scenery and atmosphere is special.

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Next is Cardiff Castle situated in the centre of the city. It is just above £10 for a ticket to enter which includes various different exhibitions. Significant for 3 different ages in the Romans, Normans and Victorians this castle stood tall and defended the city in many different accounts, even through the world war the castle was used as a bomb shelter. Inside the castle you will gain an insight to the castles history through many different artwork and exhibitions, you will see the remains of Roman ruins and Nomadic architecture and Victorian artefacts. In the castle you will gain a feel for the city through the different ages. Although the castle is excellent to visit I have been and seen better, however the fact that the castle was occupied by multiple generations of the city is somewhat unique.

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Another place to visit in the city is the ‘Millennium Stadium’ or as  of 2016 the ‘Principality Stadium’ as its now known due to sponsorship. It is  the national stadium of Wales and is the 2nd largest stadium in the world with a convertible rooftop. the stadium is famous for hosting rugby matches but also hosts football, concerts and other events. The stadium has a capacity of 74,500 seats but can be added or reduced for different events.

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The city also has a booming nightlife with plenty different clubs and pubs within the city. Furthermore with a university just down the road from the city centre, plenty lively parties are frequent.

Other places to visit are Cardiff’s National Museum, University, Bute park and the Doctor Who Experience. I walked through Bute park but didn’t have the chance to visit the others.

Conclusion

All in all Cardiff is an excellent city to visit for a short stay. A day or 2 is enough and anything more may prove to be too long unless you want to take it nice and slow. The city was calm and pretty chilled in the mornings but very busy in the evenings. There is a fair amount of tourism in the city but not as much as London, Paris, Barcelona and other cities alike.

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Reference:

http://www.visitcardiff.com/
https://www.citybaseapartments.com/blog/facts-about-cardiff/
http://www.pierhead.org/en/
https://www.cardiffcastle.com/about-the-castle/

My Ilocos Trip

Holiday 2017 in the Philippines I decided to go north to the preserved Spanish colonial villages. Using the luxury Partas bus from Cubao I excursed north from Manila to visit the countries north

(please click on the cities to find out more)

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First Stop Laoag

My base for a night, the small city was capital of north Ilocos, it had important historical significance which is shown in many of their museums and buildings

Next Stop Paoay

Laoag’s neighbouring city, this is the more active area of the holiday with its 4×4 sand dunes and sand boarding.

The Finale in Vigan

Vigan one of Philippines highly preserved Spanish colonial cities. Capital of Ilocos south region, Vigan is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites in the country.

Rio De Janeiro

The finale of my Brazil and Peru trip.

Type : City, Beach
Best Date : Dec- Mar
Expense Fair
Things to do : Shop, Dine, Adrenaline Sports, Attractions, Beaches, Golf, ect
Points of interests : Christ the redeemer, Copacabana, Maracanã, Sugarloaf, Ipanema and many more
The Good:
Beautiful beaches and attractions, so much to see and do
The Bad:
Huge reputation of being dangerous

Brief

Rio De Janeiro (or Rio) is a beach city South East of Brazil, it is the second most populous in Brazil behind Sao Paulo. It was the first entry point for the Portuguese explorers which was then fortified in order to keep other nations out. The city’s name means river after the explorer Gaspar de Lemos mistakenly thought Guanabara bay was a mouth for a huge river. Interesting facts are that Rio is home to the biggest annual carnival, 8th largest library and urban forest in the world.

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The Place

Rio De Janeiro (Rio) is an interesting place for tourism as there is so much to do and places to visit. However the reputation of its crime rate always shadows what the city can actually brings.

There are so many different places to visit in Rio from its wonderful beaches to its colourful vibrant towns and districts. Rich in both history and modern culture the city has plenty of museums, stadiums, monuments and events to show the world.

Beaches

First lets start off with Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, one of the popular places to go in Rio and the reason for many visitors in the city each year.

Firstly the most famous of the Beaches is Copacabana beach known everywhere around the world. Situated in the south zone (zona sul) this 4km stretch is home to many beach sports such as volleyball, beach football and many more. Throughout Copacabana there is plenty of  bar stands, restaurants and cafes to unwind and relax.

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Next to Copacabana is Leme beach which is the small shore in between ‘Leme Hill’ and ‘Princess Isabel Avenue’. This beach is near to the ‘Forte du Caxias’ with views of the famous ‘Sugarloaf’ mountain.

Ipanema beach which mimics that of Copacabana but is known to be more expensive. Bordering Ipanema is Arpoador beach which is well known for its surfing as the best tides are here.

Other beaches in Rio are Barra beach which is furthest away and the place where most of the Olympic sports were hosted. Sao Conrado is where I stayed, was quiet compared to the other beaches in Rio, this beach is also the landing point for hang gliders. Lastly Leblon which is as small as Leme is said to be the most expensive of all the beaches. Luxury restaurants and hotels reside here.

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All beaches has lovely mosaic walkways and a bike path parallel to it. They were secure with security but all tourists were always advised not to go out to the beaches at night.

Districts and Neighbourhoods

There is so many different districts and neighbourhoods in Rio De Janeiro, all with different stature, culture and interests. In my time in Rio I can say I have visited many of the places but I definitely didn’t do all, some were too dangerous to roam without anybody, other just didn’t have anything to interest me and a few I missed simply because I didn’t have time. These are a few places I found interesting to visit.

First district to visit is Botafago which is known for its middle class colonial homes, museums, theatres and booming nightlife. Botafago has plenty of commercial districts and is safe to visit. The district is also near Urca, home to the sugarloaf mountain.

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Next to Botafago is Flamengo which is more residential than its commercial neighbours. The district has one of the best views of Guanabara bay, it also has many churches and museums. Flamengo Park is one I was most impressed with which was known to be improved by its Olympic fund. The ‘Museum of Modern Art’ also resides here.

Centro is the financial heart of Rio de Janeiro and is home to some of the most notable points of interest in the city. Firstly  the Carioca Aqueduct  which was built to bring water to the city in the 18th century. Its structure still stands today and has been modified as a bridge for the local tram. Another place is Cinelandia which was a street full of theatres and cinemas however has been revamped to modernise with plenty bars and restaurants (only a single cinema still stands) this place is also a popular meeting point for the locals. Museums are plenty in this district with ‘Museum of tomorrow’, ‘Rio Art Museum’ and the ‘National Library of Brazil’ (biggest library in latin America) being just some of the  places to go in Centro. In my opinion Centro is the place to go if you are looking for a more cultural aspect of Rio.

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Lastly Rochina which is known to be home to Rio’s largest favela. It is not advisable to visit the favelas on your own but there are plenty of different tours which will have access to these districts.

Points of Interest

I did most of Rio’s attractions with a day city tour and our first stop was ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’ which in my opinion is one of the city’s main attraction. The peak of Sugarloaf is reached using 2 sets of cable carts first ascending to ‘Urca hill’ then the other reaching Sugarloaf. This attraction is incredible as it has a 360 degrees view of the whole city and beyond. There are restaurants and cafes at the top so relaxing here is popular for tourists and locals a like.

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Christ the Redeemer is probably Rio’s most notable monument. Standing above the ‘Corcovado Mountain’ surrounded by the ‘Tijuca Forest National Park’, this monument is one of the new seven world wonders of the world. The statue itself stands at just under 40 meters tall, stretches 28 meters wide and underneath the statue is a small chapel. The monument is reached by 2 ways, a van transportation or tram, both ways I believe are equally priced. The Christ the redeemer monument for me was amazing, the views of the city were marvellous, however luck is required as the majority of the times clouds can cover the view. At the peak there are huge crowds so the perfect pictures may also be limited.

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Next is the Selaron Steps (Escadaria Selaron) which was made famous by several music videos, most notable from Pharrell and Snoop Dog’s Beautiful. Located in Santa Teresa this was just a plain set of stairs until a Chilean resident fell in love with his district and decided to decorate it. He took tiles from several different countries and made huge mosaic artwork which we can now see made his neighbourhood famous. Again this street is booming with tourists so it is pretty difficult to get the perfect picture you might see others have.

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The Maracanã Stadium is known around the world being the host stadium of the first world cup since the world wars in 1950. Although known as Maracanã Stadium, its real name is Mario Filho stadium named after a journalist who was a strong vocal supporter of building the stadium. This building has huge significance in the city historically and at present as it plays all the games of Rio’s top clubs Flamengo, Botafago, Vasco de Gama and Fluminese. In a country which is crazy for football you can imagine how special this building is.

Other notable go to places which I have missed out are the Botanical Garden which is the largest in the world, Sambodromo which is the location of the annual carnival event and plenty more.

Conclusion

My Rio de Janeiro visit was an enlightenment, with all its bad reputation it was good to experience the city for myself. Ive experience some good and some bad, the worst thing ive noticed was that the whole city was in one big hustle with a lot (but not all) of people played for that extra cash, from taxi drivers, airport staff, hotel staff and restaurant staff, tapping fares, asking for tip or selling extras was a usual in the city. The other negatives of the city is its petty crime, yes there are a lot of homeless about, drugs being sold, pick pockets and so much more. However this is not something that should deter a visit to the city, all you need is that extra precaution and vigilance. Don’t go out at night, listen to the locals, don’t wear valuable and hide your electronics are just some of the things to stay safe. Another negative is the chance of heavy rain, like my first day the rain flooded most parts of the city and it was like night time all day as dark cloud cover the skies, when it rains heavy in Brazil the whole day is wasted.

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For me the city has much more positives than it has negatives, firstly the sheer number of things to see and do makes Rio De Janeiro beat other holiday destinations easily. The fact you can relax on the beach, party at night, visit awesome attractions and do extreme activities such as surf, hang glide, scuba all in one city is not something many cities can offer. The scenery of Rio was also beautiful there was just 360 degrees of pure beauty including the favelas. I haven’t been to all of the places possible but from my short stay i can honestly say the city is well worth the visit, a 3-7 day duration is ok. Rio is a tropical paradise and I hope this is the side people see when visiting the city.

Reference

www.rio.com
https://www.momondo.co.uk/inspiration/facts-about-rio-de-janeiro/

 

 

Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)

“Paradise Cruise, an excellent way to experience Ha Long Bay”

Type : Cruise, Island Hopping, Beach, Fishing
Best Date : Nov-Dec, Mar-Apr
Expense :  Expensive
Things to do Island hopping, swimming, fishing, trekking ect
Points of Interest: Tuan Chau, Dau Go cave, Thien Cung cave, Ti-Top island ect

Brief

Ha Long Bay which means the ‘Descending Dragon Bay’ is a popular excursion away from Hanoi’s bustling and chaotic city. The bay is a UNESCO world heritage north east of the Vietnam in Quang Ninh province. Ha long bay is said to have around 1,600 limestone islands and islets, many of which haven’t been influenced by human presence due to their steepness, height and sharpness which make them dangerous to venture and discover.

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The Place

There is many ways in which you can enjoy ‘Ha Long Bay’ but most popular is to take a 2 or 3 day cruise, many take private boats and some stay on the shores. Activities such as canoeing, trekking, scuba diving are available at some areas of Ha long bay which after experiencing the serene scenery, the reason why so many come here.

I experienced Ha Long Bay through a 2 day voyage with ‘Paradise Luxury Cruises’ which has plenty of tours to offer, they have a fleet of many named ‘Paradise Elegance 1’, ‘Paradise Elegance 2’, ‘Paradise Peak’. ‘Paradise Luxury’ and many more. I was in ‘Paradise Elegance 1’ and I will write about my the tour and my personal experiences with them.

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Our itinerary went like this.

DAY ONE:

07:30 – 11:30 Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay

11:30 – 12:15 Arrive in Tuan Chau Island. Light snacks at Paradise Suites Hotel

12:15 Transfer to Paradise Elegance Cruise ship

12:30 Welcome drink, cruise information and check-in

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at Le Marin Restaurant (onboard)

14:30 – 15:30 Cruise and sightseeing along Halong Bay

15:30 Visit Sung Sot Cave

17:00 – 18:30 Happy Hour (Buy one, get one drink), free time

17:30 – 19:00 Anchor at Coconut Tree Island for overnight stay
Cooking demonstration at L’Odyssée Sundeck (onboard)

19:00 – 22:00 À la carte dinner is served at Le Marin Restaurant 

21:00 Enjoy live music at Le Piano Bar (onboard)

DAY TWO: 

06:30 – 07:00 Tai Chi demonstration at the Sundeck

07:00 – 08:00 Light breakfast, coffee & pastries

08:00 Visit Titov Island (1 hour) for swimming or hiking

09:00 Breakfast Buffet

09:30 Bill settlement and checkout

10:30 Return to Tuan Chau Marina

10:45 – 12:00 Light snacks at Paradise Suites Hotel

12:00 Return to Hanoi

 

So our journey started on an overnight stay in Hanoi having booked our hotel as a package deal with the cruise. The pickup from the airport to our Hanoi hotel using a luxury limousine van was inclusive of the package deal. Staying in the capital first was a good way to start off our Vietnam experience not only to climatise but also to soak up the atmosphere for the days to come. However the next morning an early wake up was required for the transfer to ‘Halong Bay’, the pickup arrives 07:30 which means a rushed breakfast. Again the transfer to ‘Halong Bay’ is inclusive with the whole tour experience and uses the luxury limousine van (used from airport to Hanoi hotel). Before the journey starts the driver will introduce himself and a bottle of water would be given to each passenger. The journey takes about 3 hours with a stop over to a lovely Vietnamese product factory which sells paintings, artwork, clothes and food products, however strictly no photography is allowed. This stopover also acts as a little toilet and snack break from the long journey.

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Upon arrival at the Halong Bay area you get off at ‘Paradise Suites Hotel’ at Tuan Chau island where you will register, check-in, get little instructions and receive your key card for your room in the boat. At this point you will no longer need to carry your baggage around as next time you will see them is at your room. Before leaving for the boat you will be invited for light lunch at the hotel until the transfer to your boat is ready (main buffet lunch is served on-board the boat). The transfer to the boat is about 5 minutes where you will get an extraordinary welcome, my highlight is petals getting thrown on you from a balcony upon stepping foot on the boat, which doesn’t usually happen. A quick welcome dance, safety and information briefing (whilst sipping on some welcome drinks) will be given before you get to go down and enter your rooms for the first time. After a brief wind down in your rooms the buffet lunch will be served, whilst the cruise starts to move.

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After cruising through the spectacular majestic limestone islets for about 2 hours you arrive at the first stop at ‘Sung Sot Cave’. This excursion is somewhat tiring  going uphill with plenty walking required, if you are not fit or would just like to relax then it is possible to stay on the boat and rest. However ‘Sung Sot Cave’ is an awesome sight to see and I advise everybody who has the chance to see this sight. After the tour which takes about 1.5hrs – 2hrs, you return to the boat, which is then a time to relax and have a rest. Alternatively if you don’t want to rest then the bar is at happy hour at this time which means 2 drinks for the price on 1.

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At about 17:30 there is a cooking demonstration/ lessons. This is a fun way to end the evening and to learn Vietnamese cuisine under breath taking sceneries, after completion a certificate is awarded at dinner. After that there is a 3 course ‘A la Carte’ (included in the package), divided into 2 menus ‘Western Cuisine’ and ‘Eastern Cuisine’, from what I can remember the ‘western cuisine’ had steak, roast chicken, pasta and more a like, ‘Eastern menu’ had food such as noodles, spring rolls and so on. Usually during dinner there is a live band or pianist but ours didn’t have one, but our host ‘Ronald’ was very good at conversing and entertaining his guests. The last activity on that day is ‘squid fishing’  here patience is required and although I didn’t catch anything, I still enjoyed the experience. After that I then ordered a few to drinks, returned to my room and then called it a day and slept in my nice comfortable ‘Queen size bed’, the only bad side is that the televisions didn’t work as well as it should due to signals being difficult to reach.

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Next morning, I woke up around 05:45 ready for a morning ‘Tai Chi’ session. The sunrise was spectacular from my balcony, and more so at the sundeck where the tai chi took place. The morning exercise took about 20-30 minutes full with warm up stretches, the martial art itself then a warm down. It was a weird experience and I definitely know I didn’t do it correctly but the result was interesting, my body felt very good after and throughout the day. After that, light breakfast is served which means a simple tea and coffee with some croissants and biscuits, only small bite until the full breakfast buffet which is served at 09:00. However before that there is another excursion out of the boat and onto ‘Titov Island’. This is an island much more challenging than the first outing at ‘Sung Sot Cave’ with much longer walks and steeper stairs, but it is not necessary to go to the top of the island and many just stay at the shores swim on the beach. However hiking to the top is enjoyable and it is the highest point of ‘Halong Bay’ overall, which has beautiful, majestic panoramic views. I didn’t get to swim in the beaches but all guest were told to be careful of jellyfishes, which didn’t sound very safe anyway.

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Upon returning to the boat there is about 10-30 minutes to freshen up and then the breakfast buffet is served. The buffet is like any continental breakfast found in any high end hotels, with hot and cold foods, fresh eggs, a good choice of juices and many more. After breakfast you start to feel the end of the cruise as you bill out at this point and pack to leave your luggage out of your room for collection (you wont need to carry your luggage again until arriving to the ‘Paradise Suites Hotel’. The last chance to take photos and videos and catch last glimpses of these islets are at this point of the journey. Upon arriving at the harbour you say farewell to the amazing staff and head to ‘Paradise Suites Hotel’ where you await your transport back to Hanoi. The last offering from the whole tour package is the light lunch whilst waiting for your ride back to the capital. When your ride arrives there is another 3 hours ride with a stopover, the whole cruise experience sadly ends.

Overall the cruise was a fantastic experience for all the family to enjoy, although younger kid may have limited to do. Firstly the boat was spacious with rooms good enough to be compared to a 5 star hotel. The staff in the cruise were very nice and knowledgeable, loved to converse and take care of their passengers with in high regard. The activities such as canoeing and fishing were good additions. The only small downside is that the television and Wi-Fi signals can sometimes be very weak. Although the cost of this cruise was very high plus a few add-ons, I still believe the experience was well worth it and thought that the 2 days wasn’t enough.

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