Vietnam & Bali

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2 Weeks | July 2008 | Family of 5 to Vietnam, Multi Family to Bali

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Trip Overview

Family of 5 to Vietnam and 3 Families with Teens to Bali (and Gili Air Island)

Full Itinerary

Vietnam:


Day 1;

Arrived Hanoi and checking into the Metropol Hotel which is so deluxe and beautiful. We stayed in the old section of the hotel. It’s a great location – walking distance to the old part of the city. The concierge is very helpful as well and we booked a trip to the rive and caves from the hotel.


Day 2:

Explored the old city, the lake area next to it and tried to go to the masoeleum but it was closed. We also went to the museum that shows how people live / have lived around the country. In the evening went to the water puppet theater show which was ok. Bought some fake artwork in the old town that the customized to our liking and delivered to our hotel when it dried – I love it! There is also lots of ‘real’ artwork that is original that is beautiful. I also had some clothing made.


Day 3:

Did a day trip where we had a driver take us for a drive (hour and a half??) through beautiful fields and countryside. There we met a canoe type boat where someone rowed us up a river for about an hour through beautiful countryside to an area where we then hiked up to caves and temples. After lunch we repeated it backwards – for a beautiful day.


Day 4:

Went to the Hanoi Hilton prison where the americans were held during the vietnam world. Very powerful. My husband joined us this day from the US so we showed him around to our favorite places, hung at the pool, had cheap massages and relaxed a bit.


Day 5/6:

Traveled to Halong Bay for our boat trip on the Halong Ginger that had been booked ahead of time from the US. It was our trip splurge and other than my husband not feeling well for most of the trip (unrelated to the boat!) it was beautiful and the staff was terrific. We spent two nights on the boat (some people spent only one) and kayaked, swam, visited floating villages, walked through caves and enjoyed the incredible scenery for which Halong Bay is famous.


Day 7: Back to Hanoi, and flew to Bali.


Bali


Day 1-4: Traveled from the airport to Ubud and spent 4 nights at the Bali Spirit Hotel. While there we wandered through the Monkey Forest, explored temples, swam in the hotel pool, had massages, visited the bird and reptile farm and soaked up the beauty of Bali. I had been to Ubud 25 years before and it had changed A LOT. A Ralph Lauren in town….??!!! That was a major letdown – hard to go back sometimes. At the hotel we asked around and ended up finding someone who had a minibus that could fit our group of two families. They drove us the rest of our time on Bali until we left for Gili which saved us – don’t know how we would have gotten around otherwise as we hadn’t planned ahead well for transportation!


Days 5-6.

2nd Stop: En route to our next stop we went zip lining – super fun! Then on to Pumuteran for snorkeling–stayed at the Menjangan Jungle & Beach Resort–(we stayed in a place called the Monsoon Forest Resort which was part of the Menjangan Resort)–2 nights. From the resort we took a boat ride out to a small island which has perhaps the best snorkling I’ve ever done (including Great Barrier Reef, Boracay and other places). Just 20 yards off the beach was a steep drop off with fish teeming everywhere. It was especially great for the kids since it was so close to shore and not itimidating. Incredible day.


Days 6-9:

We had car drop us at Padanbai where we had booked tickets ahead of time for the fast ferry to Gili. There are 3 Gili Islands- we were staying at Gili Air. Info on transport our hotel sent us is below, but double check to see if still accurate:When you arrive in Bali you can contact the PERAMA in Legian Street in Kuta. They have departures from Kuta and Ubud directely to Gili Air. They have bus from Kuta or Ubud until Padangbai where they have boat until Gili. The trip is a little bit long but they are serious and the price is 240 000 roupias for 1 person (about 26 USD).You have also speed boat from Padangbai with Gili Cat Company (Jl. Danau Tamblingan No 51, SANUR. Tel: +62 (0) 361 271 680. E-mail:info@gilicat.com. www.gilicat.com). You start from Padangbai until Gili Trawangan where we pick up you until Gili Air. Gili Trawangan / Gili Air free of charge. The trip Bali/Gili T. is 1h15 and the price is 660 000Rp for 1 adult and for children (3 / 11 years old 450 000Rp).Once we switched boats and took second one from Gili Travangan (the party island) to Gili Air (the quiet island) the hotel picked up us in a horsecart as there are no vehicles on the little island. We fell in love with this island, and even named our puppy, who was born while we were here, Gili. You walk everywhere, hang out reading in hammocks, take boat rides to snorkle, swim at the beach, each cheap delicious meals with your feet in the sand at backpacker ‘restaurants’. It was ideal. We should have stayed here longer (as the ferry isn’t cheap…and we loved it here) and not gone to the next/last stop.Sejuk Cottages–3 nights sejuk cottages [mailto:sejukcottages@hotmail.com]Our phone numbers are: 0370 63 64 61 HP: 081339 535 387


Days 9-11. 4th Stop: Grand Hyatt Bali on touristy beach of Nusa Dua–3 nights. Touristy hotel with pools, slides, big beach etc etc. Very nice, but could have been in Hawaii or anywhere else. Would stay in Gili longer instead.

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Time of year

July-Sept

Type of Trip

Adventure/Active, Food/Culture/Arts, Nature

Duration

2 weeks

Who Went

Family with teen kids, Multi-family

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Budget

$200-$400

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