Craig and Jeane Off to Hanoi on Tuesday

Old Apr 6th, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Have a wonderful time, Craig and Jeanne...We loved Vietnam...both North and South.....If they try to get you to ride on the front of one of those bicycles....politely decline. (we didn't, and it's one of those experiences that we shook our heads later and wondered "What were we thinking!!!)
Have a safe journey. Looking forward to your trip report
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Old Apr 7th, 2009, 07:02 AM
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We're on our way - arrived in Chicago 1/2 hour early and did not even have to wait for a gate. In the Red Carpet Club business center using one of its computers right now - no free wi-fi for non-United travelers so my iPhone is slow (but we did get 4 free beverage coupons).
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Old Apr 7th, 2009, 09:44 AM
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Have a great trip. Chicago has at least rolled out the sunshine for you if not free wi-fi.
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Old Apr 7th, 2009, 10:31 AM
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wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want to come along....hold the plane..
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Old Apr 7th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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hi craig, hope you and jeane have a great and safe trip.

if the rc gave you free drink coupons as non-united travlers, i don't understand why they didn't give a free wifi card for you to use. anyway, you got a good back up.
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Old Apr 7th, 2009, 10:21 PM
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Now at Narita's very pleasant ANA lounge where both wifi and drinks are free. The ANA flight from Ohare was about 20% full. Best business class I've ever experienced.
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Old Apr 8th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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Craig,

I know what you mean about ANA business class service. First time I have ever seen a flight attendant put on an apron and gloves and clean the bathrooms in our section every hour on the hour. I was amazed.

Aloha!
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Old Apr 8th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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Looking forward to your trip report as I am starting my notes for a future trip. Have a wonderful time.
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Old Apr 8th, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Arrived Hanoi on time at 10 PM with all of our luggage. By midnight we were all checked in at the Sofitel Metropole. More later.
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Old Apr 8th, 2009, 05:54 PM
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Welcome to Hanoi! Hope you are delighted with the Metropole and are happily settling in.
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Old Apr 9th, 2009, 06:27 AM
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Looking forward to all your upcoming posts, Craig. You'll have to report on your first solo street crossing!
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Old Apr 9th, 2009, 07:31 AM
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Interested in your thoughts re Metropole as am thinking of booking in there myself.
Have a great time
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 02:30 AM
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Settling in nicely but very tired after a long day today. Had absolutely no jet lag the first day. Crossing streets has been no problem except at the busiest two-way streets during rush hour. Metropole is fine, they lost internet service for a while this morning but that could happen anywhere. The Club Floor in the Opera Wing is the place to be. If you read the reviews on TA, you'll see that the lesser mortals have not been as happy staying elsewhere in the hotel.

We have toured with Hanoikids for the past two days. Our "half day" tours stretched into the mid/late afternoon since a local lunch stop was part of the tour. Details to follow in my trip report but because of the big Vietnamese lunches (main meal of the day for them) we have snacked on the delicious canapes and free drinks in the Metropole Club lounge for dinner. The free breakfasts have also been excellent.

Weather has been warm and humid, overcast with sun breaking through occasionally. Not much a/c at local sites, restaurants and stores so a little uncomfortable at times.

We head out for an overnight at Halong Bay tomorrow morning.
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 03:15 AM
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Happy travels, Craig!! Hanoi Kids sounds interesting; I wish I had known about them before my own trip last year!

Please keep us posted often!
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 05:12 AM
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Craig
Sounds like you are having a lovely time. Enjoy your trip!
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 06:54 AM
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I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying yourselves. I'll look forward to your detailed report when you return.
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Have learned that you can just use your United Mileage Plus number for the wifi in the RCC. Not necessary to get a scratch-off card with a code.
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Mr.W - that's useful info.
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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What's this about touring with Hanoi kids?
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Old Apr 10th, 2009, 02:25 PM
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What is RCC?

Have a wonderful time on Halong Bay! Try to avoid mandatory shopping on the trip to and fro'.
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