After we finished exchange the money, we find the shop for buying internet sim card. We needed it to access the Google map. It will be the main navigator for this trip.
After surveying we chose package 3 for 200,000 VND and we got 8GB high speed internet to share with 4 person. The internet speed in Vietnam was very good, although we accessed together we felt so smooth.
After finished our breakfast, we looked for a city map to plan for transportation to the hotel.
We also used google map as a main navigation. The Google map is a great tools because it has many choices of routes for us depends on how we transport (by bus, by train, on foot). It has plenty of information even the bus number also the fees, Google map could tell us.
Around 10.30 am we took the bus no.7 to the city. It was the only one bus to where we wanted. There was a problem about the bus stop. When we came outside the airport to take a bus, we could not find exact bus stop where the bus no.7 would be passed. Then we tried to ask for it with local people around there. Unfortunately they could not speak English at all but luckily the bus no.7 suddenly came to the bus stop where we stayed.
The bus took around 40 minutes from airport to the city. Vietnam bus service was similar to Thai bus service in case of the bus itself and the ticket taker. The bus which we took was an air-conditioning bus but the air-conditioner seemed did not work. The only different thing from Thailand that we saw was the traffic lane. In Thailand the lane for slow speed driver is the left lane, but in Vietnam it is opposite because the car and the bus in Vietnam they all have a left steering wheel. So if they drive slowly, they will keep right instead of keep left.
Then we got off the bus no.7 and waited for the bus no.34 at the bus stop. (We followed the bus route on Google map.)
The bus no.34 took us closed to the hotel. Then we had to continue walking around 10 minutes. In fact the bus no.34 looked better than the bus no.7. At least the air conditioner was worked.
We checked in at the hotel around 1pm. We had to stay here for 2 nights.(Angle Palace Hotel) The hotel was good looking although it had a narrow space in the room and pathway.
After leaved our baggage at the hotel, we visited the fine arts museum around 1 hour to learn about Vietnamese arts and crafts. There were many Vietnamese arts which similar to Thai arts such as Kinaree, Garuda, Etc.
Then we walked around the old quarter of Hanoi and took some photos around the lake and Ngoc son temple. Most of the trip was on foot because many tourist attraction points were close together, so it was very easy for us to walk from place to place.
Our last activity of the day was watching water puppet show. It was an original show of Vietnam. The lights and sounds were very clear and perfect. The show told the story about Vietnam history also Vietnamese lifestyle. On the show, they used traditional Vietnamese musical instruments and sang a song in Vietnam language. Although we could not understood Vietnam language we had fun, in the same time we learned a lot about Vietnam from the show.
Then we were on the boat and had lunch there.
The boat took 30 minutes to the floating village.
At the village we could select the activities that we want to do. There were kayaking and sailing bamboo boat. We decided to choose bamboo boat because we had not much skill on kayaking.
After finished sailing bamboo boat, we traveled along through the Thien Cung Cave. The tour guide described some brief information about Halongbay and Thien Cung Cave before we entered.
Thien Cung Cave was a very beautiful cave by its natural made stone inside. Most of them we could saw that their shape was similar to many things in a real world such as dolphin, lion, man, woman, etc.
We took the bus 3 hours back to hanoi and had a dinner at the local restaurant. (We were so hungry.)
We ended up our day at circle k. (The convenience store in Vietnam)
We fly with vietjet airline. It was a domestic flight.
The flight was delayed for one hour. After arrived at the airport, we took the shuttle bus to the hotel.
The bus took us 45 minutes to the bus stop close to the hotel. We checked in at Aston hotel around 1pm.
Then we hurried walked to UEH because we made appointment with UEH'staff around 2pm.
We arrived at UEH on time. Then we met UEH'staff for shared and learn in the topic of quality assurance and educational technology. We exchanged our working experience together. It was very useful for us to apply some good things of UEH to MU when we came back to work.
After finished shared and learn activity at UEH, we went to the independence palace. It was not far away from there, so we went on foot.
Then we came back to the hotel to take a rest. In the evening we walked from our hotel to Central post office and Notre Dame Cathedral.
We finished our day with dinner. We decided to choose Vietnamese food at the local restaurant on the way back to our hotel.
On the way to Cu Chi tunnel we stop for a while to watch Vietnamese did the great and beautiful craft works.
When we arrived at Cu Chi Tunnel, firstly, the local tour guide showed us how to stand in the hole to hide from the US soldier. After that we had a chance to try.
After that the tour guide showed us many kind of traps of Cu Chi guerrilla which were used to fight against US soldier at the war time. We also learned many ways how Cu Chi guerrilla tried to live at that moment.
Then we had a chance to enter to tunnel of Cu Chi guerilla. It just a small and narrow way inside also had just a bit oxygen. We had to crawl most of the way. Finally we came out safely.
We asked the tourguide to drop us near the war remnants museum. Before we entered the museum, we had lunch at the local restaurant around there. We ordered a set of Nam Nueng. It was quite different from Nam Nueng in Thailand.
At the War Remnants Museum, we saw how bad of the war, how people suffered from it. We realized that, we were so lucky to be Thai people. How lucky that we have had the best king ever from the past until now.
Then we went on foot to the Hochiminh museum as a last place for our trip because we had to prepare to go to the airport for a flight back to Thailand.
After that we came back to the hotel to get our baggage which we leaved since morning. Then we asked for a taxi service to the airport. Taxi service in Vietnam made us excited so much. Anyway the driver had an excellence driving skill ever. He knew the shortcut routes to avoid the traffic jam. He took us to the airport on time also safely.
When we arrived at the airport, we had a dinner at the restaurant there.