4 of us were on our first visit to Hanoi . We like to share some of our experiences and to acknowledge all the kindness shown to us especially from the Service Staff of Aranya Hotel who make us feel at home and make our holiday a happy and memorable one.
We were still bubbling with excitement (that we were on the same SIA flight with our Prime Minister who is on official visit to Hanoi) when we arrived at Aranya Hotel located in the old Quarter . We stay 3 nights here.
Hanoi traffic with it thousands of motorbikes is both fascinating and scary. It was LINH MEI. from the hotel reception that offered to help us to cross the street and took away our initial phobia .After, it was actually adventurous and fun navigating thru the motorbikes.
THE ANH is friendly and helpful and we are touched by his very caring way to an elderly man at
Thanks to CUC and chef VU for that nice and surprise set lunch menu and also to our request for “Bun Cha”.
Thanks HUONG NGUYEN JAN for her recommendations of local food and eateries. She speak fluent English.
We ate Pho noodles at many of the roadside stalls and so far, our stomachs are o.k.
We cruise the beautiful Halong Bay on the Galaxy Premium . New ship, fun activities and big meals but we wonder why plain water , tea and coffee are not part of the set lunch/dinner menu.
Tour guide MR NAM is patient ,accommodating and knowledgeable.
We recommend Hoa Lu Tomcoc (few hours drive from Hanoi) to see 2 ancient temples and to do boating and cycling on this “Halong Bay on Land”. The thumb-down is that the boatwomen pestering you to buy their stuff and for more tips.
Sweet HUYEN JIN work at the hotel reception , she was also our ½ day City tour guide to the HCM palace complex, HCM Museum and Temple of Literature. Very interesting places if you love History. .
JIN, thank-you so much for all your services at the hotel and at the tour, taking photos for and with us, having fun.
Accommodating to all our shopping requests in such a tight schedule. I have never hop into so many taxis in such a short morning.
I know sometimes we are a nuisance and a half but you are an Angel.
Yes, there is NGUYEN CUONG the GM who is very visible and friendly , he arranged and co-ordinates our tour with no Issues.
He leads a staff that works as a team , like a family and we notice they multi-task..
This boutique hotel is clean, the ambience is relaxed and quiet.
Thank-you Team and may you all be well and happy.
We hope to see Central Vietnam and have returned visits to Hanoi and Aranya Hotel..
Cheers and thank-you to my 3 travel mates ! You all are so humorous, interesting and fun !
(with Lee Hoon, Mabel and Mr Chua)
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