Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Wow! Halong Bay was a fabulous destination and a wonderful natural wonder of the world. Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautiful area with limestone rock structure islands spread amongst the bay. They allow boats to cruise through the bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

I arranged an organized two day, one night cruise/tour through my hotel in Hanoi which made it easier for me too, as it was my first excursion in Vietnam. Halong Bay was one of the main reasons I added Vietnam on to my itinerary when I was planning my summer trip, so I was beyond excited to explore the area. If you google image Vietnam Travel, most of the pictures are from Halong Bay.  It is so beautiful!

Hanoi Graceful Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Graceful Hotel Review

I found this hotel through my credit card points reward program. I emailed the hotel about the cheaper rate the credit card was offering, as it was much less than the typical internet booking sites and made a deal to pay when I arrived at the lower rate. This was the beginning of my email interactions with Mr. Lee. Hanoi was my first stop in Vietnam and I had no idea what to expect of it, but because of Mr. Lee, the hotel manager at Hanoi Graceful Hotel, I was put at ease my first five days in the north of Vietnam. My first week in Vietnam was pretty much the only thing I had super scheduled out for my entire summer vacation because he had set up my nights in Hanoi, my overnight cruise in Halong Bay and an overnight trekking adventure in Sapa.  He was very informative and quick to get back to me with information and very honest from the moment I started contact via email.

Hanoi, Vietnam

I arrived at the airport late, around 11:00pm, then had a private car set up to pick me up and take me to the hotel.  I was scheduled to stay at Hanoi Graceful Hotel, but they let me know before boarding the plane from Siem Reap, the A/C was out and they would transfer me to another hotel for the night. It wasn’t a problem for me because I was getting an upgraded room when the A/C was fixed.