22nd January 2011 – The day I turned 23!! Yay!!

Woke up early and went down to the dining area for our breakfast.

3 types of breakfast to choose from the menu. In Vietnam you definitely must choose Vietnamese breakfast as you wont get to eat that back in anywhere else you live.

got myself a namecard of the hotel from the reception just in case we got lost.

A banana a day keeps constipation away

I Love banana.

a cup of coffee for him and a cup of tea for me.

A bowl of mind-blasting pho that can satisfied your tummy.

A glass of lime juice.

Chris booked ourself a tour package to Halong Bay so after done prepared we get down to the lobby and met Mai our tour guide.

He brought us to our van

and start our journey to picked up other passengers

Passed by Hoan Kiem Lake, residence of the famed 1000 year old turtle.

Halfway of the journey we had our toilet stopped.

As usual, when u take tour package this is where they always love to stopped by for you. ūüôā

Ordered a cup of hot tea.

Chris ordered a fried noodle and brought up to the van for his hungry tummy

After 4 long hours, we arrived at the front entrance of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. Phew~ is like the journey from pg to kl.

walking towards the entrance.

Wow!

The junk boat we took Halong 08.

Comfortable junk boat.

He’s excited

Went up to the 2nd level of the boat and took a picture with the beautiful limestone karsts by the sea.

“when I was small I wanted to become a captain like those in Titanic….”

I present you Ha Long 08.

it was sooo soooooo so so so damn cold up there.

This is what Ha Long bay looks like, plenty of limestone karsts from the sea.

Admiring the spectacular view.

Floating farm in the center of the sea.

He’s trying to reach the top of the stone.

After done shopping at the floating market, went back up to the boat

for lunch. My birthday lunch on the boat kinda cool ūüôā

Fresh clams

fresh prawns

Fishy

cabbage

taste like egg taufu

spring roll

squid

romantic lunch. Thought he might actually surprise me by asking everyone sing a birthday song for me but I guess I expect too much ūüôĀ Oh well, I do appreciate he brought me to Vietnam to celebrate my birthday. Thank you. Hugs!

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21st January 2011

Woke up and greeted by the decorations along the staircase. Each floor was designed in different type of deco. Interesting.

Morning.

They were busy preparing breakfast for us.

A cup of juice again. I think if I were to stay there for one week I guess I’ll be given this to me every morning. ūüôā

My omelette and  baguette.

After Breakfast, I quickly showered and went to Hoang Thy¬†Beauty¬†Salon that I had massage on the 2nd day to get my pedicure done. Guess what, I cannot believe it neither do u. This pedicure and nail polish just costs me VND 40,000 which is RM6.00, YES ONLY RM6!!!! NO JOKE. The cheapest I’ve ever came upon to.

Seriously I just couldn’t help myself but her boobies really very big. ūüėą

Went back to the hotel and together we took a walk along September 23 Park.

Empty park in the day but when the sky turn dark there will be alot of lovebirds hanging out there on their bike.

Met this cute little puppy on the way. Guess that puppies are just too cute to handle. soooooooooooooo cuteeeeeeeeee…………

Ben Thanh market.

Shopping spreeeee…. but seriously I didn’t get to shop much in Vietnam. I think of all the places I went to Vietnam is the only place I don’t find alot of things to buy there except for lotus seed.¬†

Rows and rows of the shops.

There were actually a mini food court behind the shops.

there were¬†actually¬†too many to choose and we don’t even know what is what. Somehow this one just caught our attention, probably because of the food?

Vietnamese spring rolls.

The awesome beef.

I am not really a fan of the spring roll but I am definitely a fan of the juicy oily beef,

Ooooooooooooooooooooooo, mind-blasting. ūüėĮ

he then saw the dessert stall right next to it.

I don’t know what is that call.

After done shopping, on the way back to our hotel he was so excited see-ing the big ass durian.

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20 January 2011

Good Morning. This is how Bich Duyen’s dining area look like.

Im hungryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

A cup of juice to boosted us up.

Vietnamese Chili

Banana.

Tea with milk

Our baguette and sunnies side up.

Morning view outside our hotel. I love it here because the hotel located inside the valley without facing the main road so it won’t be filled with all those busy noisy traffic out there.

The street outside our hotel.

The rubbish cart and the rubbish collector.

This is how it work.

Looked out the board above the entrance that’s how u can find Bich Duyen.

Met up with Quang, our tour guide from Saigon Hotpot (Saigon Hotpot is a group of university students who offer free tours of their native city.  All that needs to be paid is their transport costs to and from your meeting place and entrance fees where necessary.)

Here we are.

Buy ourself a ticket.

Loi Vao.

My pass.

Entered into a briefing room to listen to the history and structure of the Cu Chi tunnels before we start.

We were caught by our curiosities of why there are so crowded at that one spot.

Demonstration by the tourist guide.

He taught us how to hide ourself.

He’s gone.

He tried out himself.

Now u see me.

Now u don’t.

My turn.

I was so afraid that my flip-flop might fall into the hole.

Ok this is a false demonstration.

Why?

Because I might cause enemies spotted our hiding entrance spot by not covered with leaves and IT’S NOT TIGHT!!!

One of the many entrances to the underground tunnels.

Watch out!

It’s a trap.

A very small and narrow entrance.

fake entrance for confusing purpose

Women soldiers were usually tasked to guide the soldiers into the tunnels. So they played very important role when war.

Termite hole for ventilation of the smoke from kitchen

Saw a big tank.

Very big and scary when I was up there.

Gory places.

All the scary traps.

The military workshop.

This is how the process of rice paper are done.

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