Two weeks ago, Jayden and I explored Hanoi, Sapa and Ninh Binh. I thought Sapa will be my favourite of all places, but Ninh Binh turned out to be a surprise, especially after we hiked up Hang Mua Peak. To be fair, we didn’t manage to enjoy the view from Tram Ton Pass and Mount Fansipan due to the thunderstorm in Sapa. The following are 5 things you should know about Hang Mua:
1. There are actually more than 500 steps to ascend, and some are quite steep so proper footwear is recommended although Jayden was crazy enough to hike in flip-flops lol.
2. There are not just one, but two peaks, on top of Hang Mua. You get the river view from one peak and the view of lush green rice fields from another peak.
3. There is a small kiosk selling drinks and ice cream at a halfway point up the peak, so you can take a break if you’re feeling hot and tired.
4. There is a stone carved dragon on the highest peak watching over the valley. Vietnamese people believe that the dragon is essential for rain and agriculture, which is probably why it’s placed at the top and “watches over” the entire Tam Coc area.
5. Hang Mua, which means, “dancing cave”, got its name because this site was previously used by the Tran king for dancing and singing performances.
If you can wake up early enough, go for the sunrise view but if you prefer sleeping in (like us), the sunset view doesn’t disappoint as well. It’s Monday and a brand new week, have you set any goals to achieve for this week?
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Spent the past three days in Sapa and Jayden and I were super pleased with the impeccable service standard at Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery by Sofitel. We were upgraded to the Deluxe room with a balcony overlooking Sapa’s beautiful landscape. The following are five good reasons why you should consider staying here:
1. Delight in aromatic coffee and in-room breakfast in the comfort of your own balcony in the morning while enjoying the mountain and courtyard view.
2. Chic is an haute couture-inspired French restaurant where you can dine in a grand yet intimate setting, with refined French dishes infused with local ingredients and a carefully-curated wine list. We had buffet breakfast with a spectacular view of Sapa’s mountains and surrounding countryside at this restaurant everyday.
3. We love the hotel’s architecture and interior design which fuses high-fashion glamour with colourful, hill tribe style.
4. The heated indoor swimming pool is designed to resemble a Roman bath. I’ll share pictures in the upcoming weeks.
5. It takes less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel to the funicular/cable car station which takes you all the way up to the peak of Mount Fansipan - the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula.
Have you ever stayed with @mgalleryhotels? I’m excited to hear about your experience! If you haven’t, tell me an interesting hotel experience you’ve encountered!
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"Finally! I am leaving Hanoi!" This was the first thought I had right after I boarded the bus bound for Danang...
My Hanoian friends kept recommending me to visit their hometown again, they are certain that I will love this place. The old quarter is beautiful as a historical picture alive, the landscapes in Halong will last in your mind forever...I was certain that I would love Hanoi too.
However, there was people selling me 1 egg bread for 50k, every Grabbike driver ran red lights with full speed (there was 1 driver running 6 red lights in a row), the cars never reduce speed after seeing pedestrians crossing...It seems like I need more time to get used to the life style in Hanoi, a beautiful city full of history and culture to explore.
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