Hotel Review: GK Central Hotel

GK Central Hotel - Chasing Jayce

Less than 30 minutes from the Tan Son Nhat Airport is the GK Central Hotel.  This 3-star hotel is smack in the middle of action in Ho Chi Minh City and I was very glad that we made it the home base of our trip, even if it was priced a…

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Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping in Ho Chi Minh

It is no secret that one of the reasons why people go to Vietnam is to go shopping.  Hanoi is peppered with “Made in Vietnam” stores that sell factory overruns or seconds of branded clothes like Banana Republic, for example, whereas Ho Chi Minh City seems to be more popular…

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Hotel Review: Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel

Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel Review

The main reason why, among the options that Jacq gave me, I chose Hanoi Hibiscus Hotel was because it was a fairly new hotel.  Constructed only in September 2011, the 3-star hotel boasts of budget-friendly and clean accommodations right in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.  Our booking was made…

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Ahoy, Hanoi! (Part 3)

There were very few things left for us to do in Hanoi on our third day.  And because both Jacq and I were already feeling under the weather by this time, due mostly to the unending mist and drizzle that we had on our first day.  So, we took our last…

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Ahoy, Hanoi! (Part 2)

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Our second day in Hanoi was Ha Long Bay day!  We weren’t too excited about this because related literature told us that Ha Long Bay is not 100% enjoyable during the winter months.  We were expecting low visibility due to the fog and an overall gray day due to the…

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Ahoy, Hanoi!

Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

My first destination for 2014 was Hanoi:  Vietnam’s capital, second largest city and main cultural center.  For this trip, I was accompanied by Jacq and it was our first time to travel together.  We had a red-eye flight and we arrived in Hanoi a little bit before 1:00am local time where…

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