Manila Philippines to Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok Thailand to Hanoi Vietnam
When my husband went to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam last March he did not have any problem with Immigration and Customs but his experience in Hanoi was not okay.
Read: Glimpse of Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
Since this is a business trip, he brought some product samples for his presentation and training. It is the same product samples that he always brings whenever he travels in South East Asia but only in Hanoi Vietnam that they questioned it. They were asking for some papers regarding the samples.
He was advised to wait for their officer and he stayed in the room for several minutes waiting for their decision. He messaged me about his situation and I immediately remembered the articles and forums that I’ve read before. Bribery or tip is a common issue in Hanoi Airport, you can read more about it here. So I informed my husband about this. Vietnam is part of the 5 most corrupt countries in Asia, check the article here.
Voila, the airport staff advised him that he can bring his luggage if he will pay USD100. But my husband told them that he has no money. He was firm that he will not pay anything. He also informed his Vietnamese colleague about his situation.
One airport staff came and he was advised to close his luggage and go out of the room. After several minutes, they called my husband and informed him that he can get his luggage and go already. They let him go without paying anything. He stayed at the airport, more or less 2 hours.
It was a really loooong and stressful day for him so he was really tired when he reached the hotel. Lesson learned, if ever he will go back, he will just ship all stuff that he needs for work.
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
My husband stayed in Sheraton Hanoi Hotel which is about 25km away from the airport but few minutes ride to the city center. Just like other Sheraton hotels, it has a garden that gives pleasant experience in the midst of the city center. The hotel is near the West Lake and Red River so you can also see this from your room.
Read: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel in Thailand
Sheraton Towers Singapore
Checking the photos, the hotel shows signs that it is old already. When it comes to the size of the room, it is similar to Sheraton Towers Singapore. It has bathtub too.
The room package includes a buffet breakfast.
They have a swimming pool too.
According to my husband, they also offer free laundry of 3 pcs of clothes but he was able to avail this since he only stayed there for two nights, no need for laundry service. He was not sure if it is every day or one time only.
If you are a tourist, the hotel has a nice location because most of the tourist spots are just near. You can visit Bat Thrang Ceramic Village, Flower Market, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, and West Lake.
But unfortunately, my husband has no time to check the tourist spots. After a few days, he flew to Bangkok Thailand, and stayed at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, I already blogged about this hotel and the experience was still the same, check it here.
Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
K5 Nghi Tam,
11 Xuan Dieu Road Tay Ho District