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Trip Report

Asia in 21 days

This trip is very challenging , and filled with lots of culture. It's an awesome adventure and if you have the oportunity, you must go.

by AtlasGuru Contributor

China, Vietnam, Hong Kong21 days / December 2016

Highs & Lows

Infrastructure is amazing.

Food was not so good (In my experience).

Itinerary Overview

We flew into Shanghai, at China, and stayed in the Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel for six nights. This hotel is located in the commercial centre of Shanghai Jingan District, which is an ideal destination for business and leisure. This city is one of the most populated in China, has one of the most important ports in the world, because of the volume of merchandise and is one of the friendliest cities for foreign tourists. In this city we visited one of the most important beauty products fairs, that was lasted 3 days and made a little one-day trip to the Great Wall of China, which was approximately 5 hours and a half from shanghai. Then we move into Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, for three nights, and during the four days we stayed in here, we visited the Disneyland Parks and have too much fun in family. This experience was amazing, the experience of visiting this famous park at the other side of the world was a very different experience and unforgettable. Although, these parks have the same concept no matter in which part of the world it is located, but culture is a factor that really impacts any place.

Then we flew into Singapore, but only for boarding our cruise that was going along all Vietnam, that was our second location, which lasted eight nights. So, at this location, we didn't stayed in a hotel, but we knew all these places by cruise, that was the kind of hotel we had. Travelling by cruise is a quite shocking adventure, in the best sense of the word, because you can get to know numerous places without concerning for searching for hotels, the rent of a car or van, restaurants where to eat, and all this stuff a trip brings with it. Going strictly to what I knew in Vietnam, I can say this place is very noisy, because of the tone of voice people use in there is very high and it is the culture you find in this place. We visited different places at Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh, Chan May and Hanoi. Furthermore, there are many motorbikes, because they are the most common transport vehicle. Moreover, my family and me went to visit one of the places in which Vietnam War occur, we knew the hiding places they construct and the weapons they used to defend and attack among enemies. This experience was awesome, having the opportunity to visit this kind of places was stunning.

Finally, we land into Hong Kong, which was our third and last location. We stayed in the Wharney Guang Dong Hong Kong Hotel, for four nights. This hotel is one of the best options for tourists, because it is very well located, near Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, that are two of the most popular landmarks in Hong Kong. At this point we rent a van and meet with one family friend that help us with being our tour guide during the time we stayed in there. We visited the Victoria Harbour, where there are light shows at night. Also, we went for a large walk into the Causeway Bay, where are many stores and restaurants. Lastly,, we visited the iconic buddha statue called Buddha Tian Tan, this statue is an enormous monument and in here we learn a bit more of the Asian culture.

  • 9 Nights: Shanghai
    Technology, infrastructure, different cultures and in general, it is like another world.
  • 8 Nights: Vietnam
    If you like history, this place is for you.
  • 4 Nights: Hong Kong
    Technology, infrastructure, different cultures and in general, it is like another world.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Spend so much time in Vietnam.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We had planned going to Thailand in the cruise route, but because of the port in there, we could not go. We went before getting into the cruise.

  • How was the food?

    Food, in my opinion, was not so good, so i can´t give a recommendation for this.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Be aware of having internet connection in your phone most of the times, because communication is complicated.

  • Packing tips?

    If you go in December, you have to take special winter clothes.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Taking the cruise is a good option, but in land, you must rent a car or van. If you can´t, metro is a good option too.

  • Any surprises?

    We did not know the weather was so cold.

  • Booking details?

    Search in different booking places, for prices and all stuff.

Lodging

  • Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel

  • Norwegian Cruise Line. Southeast Asia from Singapore.

  • Wharney Guang Dong Hong Kong Hotel