My very first international travel flew me to this exotic country that was caught in the midst of war a few decades ago. In October 8, 2003 through my work, my company sent me to Hanoi, Vietnam for a whole month. Hanoi, is the capital of this socialist republic and is situated on the northern part of what used to be the communist North Vietnam. Famous spots in Hanoi includes the Hoan Kiem Lake which is in the center of the city. Within Hanoi is the old French Quarters which is basically a section of the city filled with French architecture that was left by the long French occupation, including the Hanoi Opera House. Also, here you can visit the frozen tomb of Vietnam’s national hero, Ho Chi Minh.
During my long stay in Vietnam, I, with 2 lady friends planned on going into this serene place and is one of UNESCO‘s world heritage sites. On the 2nd of November, we took an overnight cruise to Ha Long Bay. We got our cruise package from Handspan travel agency in Hanoi. Our package includes transportation from Hanoi’s busy commercial area to Ha Long Bay, guided tour to one of its caves, and our sumptuous meals. It costs US$50 each person in 2003.