Me and madhav were all set for Sikkim and Bhutan. All done, shopping check, tickets check, bookings check. everything done. but suddenly 20 days before our departure,we felt that our budget has really exceeded to that extent that we can have a lavish backpack vacation outside India. After consulting with many friends and ya, Quora, of course, made up our mind for cancelling the bookings and go for Vietnam. Coincidentally some sale was going on for intl flights, so everything was in our favour. We booked our tickets, hotels etc. and thus the itinerary was set.
After so much research, we decided to cover Vietnam from North to South somewhat "Hanoi - hue- da nang - hoi an - Da lat - Nha trang - Ho Chi Minh City". It felt like complete blend of everything- nature, beaches, mountains, cities, history, food, people. And yeah it proved us right too.
So, the day arrived, full of anxiety and fun, we arrived to kochi from pune as we had red-eye flight to hanoi from kochi. We had reservation in one nearby hotel to relax named "Princess Residency". The owner was very courteous to drop us to airport. We checked-in at airport. We had 3 hrs layover at malaysia. It is always fun to enter some foreign land. In the morning at approx 11.30, we arrived Hanoi . After immigration formalities (as visa was on arrival), we converted some currency and bought a local sim. The cab from the hotel was right standing outside airport to welcome us. The look and feel of whole vietnam was just like India but just the difference was cleanliness at every end. After checkin, we were too excited to enjoy the city but all got down when we came to know that we were allotted the room on 6th floor with no lift. After so much request,the hotel upgraded our room to the suite on 2nd floor. Yipee....now it seemed like everything is just perfect. We roam around streets, enjoyed the famous "The Egg coffee". The food is so cheap there ( on an average 400rs/ meal).