Hong Kong & Vietnam – Impressions

My father, mother, and I returned from Vietnam in late November. We stopped in Hong Kong, where we stayed together two years prior, again taking advantage of the free stopover on one-way awards with Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan, and their partner, Cathay Pacific (50k miles for a one-way business class award). We had not been to Vietnam. It exceeded my expectations: modern, hopeful, clean, full of colorful stories from locals. The food was delicious! I ate fruit, veggies, pastries, and rice everyday. I drank refreshing juices, and coffees, including the stimulating Vietnamese version with sweetened condensed milk. The meat was suspect, and some ate meats I might not, but I savored the pho. I enjoyed the people. They’re so friendly, but also knowledgable about their own culture, and 54 ethnic groups, as well as Americans, and the conflict between the two countries. I’ll write a story about the experience, but the following is a brief recap.

  • Tuesday – Courtyard Denver Airport
  • Wednesday – Timberline Steakhouse at DEN (a Priority Pass Lounge)
    • DEN – SEA: Alaska Airlines
    • Alaska Airlines Lounge – SEA-TAC (a Priority Pass Lounge)
    • SEA – YVR: Horizon Air
    • Cathay Pacific Lounge – Vancouver

  • Thursday – 1:10 am: depart YVR for HKG
    • 14 – hour flight from Vancouver to Hong Kong – arrives 7 am on Friday
  • Friday – 7 am: arrive Hong Kong

  • Saturday
    • Intercontinental Hong Kong

  • Sunday
    • Intercontinental Hong Kong

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Plaza Premium Lounge – HKG (a Priority Pass Lounge)
    • HKG – HAN: Vietnam Airlines
    • JW Marriott Hanoi
  • Wednesday
    • JW Marriott Hanoi

  • Thursday
    • JW Marriott Hanoi

  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • JW Marriott Hanoi
  • Sunday
    • Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay: Ethnic Travel
    • Quan Lan: village (and island) in Bai Tu Long Bay – lovely homestay

 

  • Tuesday
    • Hanoi – Danang: Vietnam Airlines
    • Danang to Hoi An
    • River Palm Villas – Hoi An
  • Wednesday
    • River Palm Villas – Hoi An

  • Thursday
    • Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Vietnam Airlines
    • Park Hyatt Saigon
  • Friday
    • Park Hyatt Saigon

  • Saturday
    • Renaissance Saigon

  • Sunday
    • Renaissance Saigon

  • Monday
    • Rose Lounge – SGN (for Cathay Pacific flights)
    • SGN – HKG: Cathay Pacific (A350)
    • The Bridge – HKG (a Cathay Pacific Lounge)
    • The Wing – HKG (a Cathay Pacific Lounge)
    • HKG – SFO: Cathay Pacific (A350 – supposed to be helpful for jet lag – we agree).
    • Intercontinental Mark Hopkins: San Francisco
  • Tuesday
    • SFO – DEN: Virgin America

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2 replies

  1. Matt, I showed your pictures to my Vietnamese friends at the nail salon in the mall. They were so happy to tell me about each picture you posted…where you were, etc. I know they would enjoy visiting with you about their birthplace.

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