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.
Da Lat, Vietnam was full of adrenaline and adventure during my short stay in this unique city off the beaten path. It was a cross between Paris, Vietnam and the French Alps with a twist of waterfalls and mountain climbing.
I found this place after seeing a friend’s Facebook page that I met in Cambodia a few weeks prior. I was sold once I saw the waterfalls. My goal was to go find some pretty waterfalls and enjoy nature. It is definitely off of the main tourist route, but still had a good amount of tourism with Vietnamese tourists.
I was picked up in a shuttle at 6:45am. We drove around Hanoi to pick up other passengers. The streets of Hanoi seem so different at this time of day. It’s very quiet and the start of the new day begins with locals chattering and having breakfast on the streets on their little stools, store owners setting up, and the traffic starting to pick up. We arrived at a parking lot where we transferred to larger bus that was a sleeper bus. First we were greeted with a plastic bag to put our shoes in before boarding. Each person had their own little capsule to lay down in. There were about 50 spaces on two levels. All of us were just fascinated by the concept. We were all a little uncertain how this worked, but it was so awesome. It was chill and relaxing and a great way to travel. If you are tall however it might be a little bit uncomfortable. In the back they had open seats that you didn’t have to put your legs in the capsule so that would be better for the tall folks.