This year, the highest vote for our company retreat destination goes to Halong Bay, Vietnam which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Halong is translated as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’ and it was claimed that the island of Halong Bay was created by the great dragon from the mountains.
On 6th November 2015, our MD, together with the Eco-Ideal staff and family members from Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur offices gathered and travelled to Vietnam from KLIA airport for the 5-day, 4-night company retreat. The flight took 3 hours to reach Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi. The city of Hanoi has beautiful arts with the French influence on their architectural design.
On the first day, as we have arrived late at night, we went to check-in at hotel in Hanoi which is located next to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. After having a good rest for the night, on the next day, we embarked on our journey, starting with a city tour in the morning to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Thuhuong Hanoi Lacquerware, among any other places we have went to. Next, we visited the Quoc Tu Giam (Literature Temple). We had a good dinner trying out the local food followed by a street food tour at night to taste the authentic Vietnamese food.
On the next morning, we went to Halong Bay in a private van in the early morning and the journey took us another 3 hours to reach one of the magnificent wonders of the world. As soon as we reach Halong City, we departed to Halong Bay using the Paloma Cruise and we were served with Vietnamese lunch set. The next activity was sea-kayaking into the village where we enjoyed the natural habitat of the flora and fauna and outstanding limestone karst which formed the majestic natural sceneries. After having fun at the sea, we went back to the cruise ship, had a sunset party and a Vietnamese food cooking demonstration where we had a chance to learn how to make the popular Vietnamese Spring Roll before we had our dinner. As it was the last night on the cruise after our dinner, it was flexible for us to do any activities on board and hence, some have chosen to retire to bed earlier and have a good, deep sleep while some enjoyed squid-fishing or just enjoyed a long catching-up session with each other. It was a great experience and we were happy with the food, people and the activities.
In the morning on the last day at Halong Bay, we visited the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave) which had almost 100 steps leading to the cave and we need to walk further down for another 100 steps in order to reach the boat.
On our last night in Vietnam, we chose to have French cuisine to end our visit and did some shopping spree. We were pleased with the short but fulfilling trip in Vietnam. At the end of the day, we retired to bed early to prepare for the departure back to our homeland on the next day. Overall, we are all happy and had a great experience during the trip. All of us are looking forward to more of such trips in the near future and get-together among the staff from Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur offices.
Cảm ơn Vietnam!