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Trip Report Karen and Tom - a romantic Vietnam getaway: ENGAGED!!!

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After much planning with you Fodorites and Tonkin Travel, Tom and I were ready for a romantic trip to Vietnam, with a quick side-trip to Cambodia. He was a little leery of Asia, not sure he'd like it and dreading the long flight, but he ended up like so many on this board - a true convert. He loved it and we had a WONDERFUL time. I know the title has given away what was for me a big surprise, but I'll just let the story unfold. :-)

Itinerary:

Hanoi - 3 nights
Halong Bay - overnight cruise
Back to Hanoi for 1 night
Mai Chau - 1 night
Hue - 2 nights
Hoi An - 3 nights
Siem Reap - 2 nights, with late departure on last day

It was a bit of whirlwind, but we enjoy being on the move and we loved it.

Our flight was with United/Asiana from Dulles to JFK to Seoul to Hanoi. About 28 hours total. We were exhausted on that last leg from Seoul to Hanoi and it was so bumpy that I feared for my life! I'm a nervous-Nellie flyer anyway, and that flight nearly convinced me to stick with car trips in the future. But once we were there, all was well.

We had arranged for visas-on-arrival through Tonkin, and it went very smoothly. Within about 15 minutes, we were through immigration. Because we hadn't checked any bags, we were ready to set off immediately. Our driver from Tonkin was waiting with our name on a sign, and off we went to Hanoi. It was about 11 at night, so we checked in and went straight to bed. As tired as we were, it wasn't difficult to go right to sleep.

Hotel: Essence Hotel. We had a deluxe double and really liked it (room 205). The boutique-like hotel is perfectly situation in the old quarter. The king-size bed was the most comfortable of the trip (least hard), with luxurious down pillows. The room and bathroom were spotless and very tastefully decorated. Highly recommended.

Next up: first day in Hanoi.

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