ITINERARY: Hanoi-Halong Bay (4 Days)

Sunset at Halong Bay

Prior to visiting Hanoi, we had not done any research about Hanoi’s attractions. We only knew that we were definitely joining a Halong Bay 2D1N tour. Upon arrival at our hotel, we asked for a map and recommendations from the hotel staff, and proceeded to explore Hanoi city. Memorable highlights from this Vietnam trip have been shared in previous story posts, and today, we are sharing our travel itinerary for those planning a similar short trip to Hanoi.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: What to do if you visit Bosnia & Herzegovina for just one day

Stari Most Close-up in Mostar

Travelling from the countryside to the city, we saw that Bosnia & Herzegovina still need many years to rebuild itself from the after-effects of the 1990s war. Even so, its people are so cheery, sincere and helpful. If you seem a little lost in the car or on the pavement, the locals will come up to you and ask if you need help even if they are laden with grocery bags. If you ever find yourself in this resilient country with only a day to spare, zero in on the 4 spots below to make the best of your stopover.

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BALKANS: 9 driving tips in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia

The idyllic town of Rovinj

We rented a car in Croatia which we used throughout Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia. The road trip was fabulous, so we thought we would share some tips for those who are planning to do so too.

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VIETNAM: 4D3N Hanoi, the unexpected

Deadly Weapons at Vietnam Military History Museum at Hanoi

Although Chocolate had come back from his company retreat at Ho Chi Minh with disappointment as he felt that the food and sights were underwhelming, Marshmallow managed to convince him to visit Halong Bay. Off we went to explore Hanoi, with no plans set other than visiting Halong Bay.

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VIETNAM: Overnight cruise at Halong Bay

Xin Chao, Halong Bay!

A 3.5-hour drive to and a drawn-out wait at Tuan Chau marina on a hot humid day did not dampen our mood as we waited to get on a boat to bring us to our Image Halong Glory junk cruise where we are going to stay for 2D1N at Halong Bay. It was a bright happy day after all.

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CROATIA: Winter in the land of Game of Thrones

Mini Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park

We have heard of Croatia long ago, but only got to know its beauty when Marshmallow’s lil’ sis vacationed there. Since then, her gushes of the food, nature and people have stuck.

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INDIA: 9 tips for travelling in Incredible India

India's Taj Mahal

India is a great country with lots to offer. The people are friendly and hospitable. Markets are vibrant and alive. Palaces, forts and temples are intricately designed and carved. Blending old world charm with the modern, you will have a good time embracing India’s colourful life and its vivid details if you just note the following tips.

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9 things you didn’t think of preparing for your trip

Before you jet off on your next trip, read these travel tips you may not have thought of before. Don’t let I-should-haves cramp your style when travelling. Get ready with these insights we learnt from our past trips!

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