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Exploring Hanoi and Ha Long Bay with LG G3 Smartphone

Note: All pictures were all taken with LG G3 Smartphone Camera. No further photo editing was made.

Along with 9 other Filipino Bloggers, Cebu Pacific flew us to Hanoi Vietnam to explore the spectacular architecture, taste the exquisite culinary offerings and experience the beauty of Ha Long Bay – one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Exploring Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

The blend of both Western and Eastern cultures is seamless and fascinating in the city of Hanoi. Most travelers are more familiar with Ho Chi Minh, which was once named Saigon and was of course made famous by the musical, Miss Saigon.

Street Food Vendors in Hanoi
Street Food Vendors in Hanoi

But skipping over Hanoi when doing a tour of Vietnam means missing most of what makes this country shine. Steeped in history and natural beauty, you can’t help but fall in love with the place: the French architecture, delightful cuisine, and the insanely good deals you can get when shopping in the Old Quarter are just a few of what you’ll experience when you stop by.

Fruit Vendors in the Streets of Hanoi
Fruit Vendors in the Streets of Hanoi

All Eyes on Ha Long Bay

Beautiful Ha Long Bay
Beautiful Ha Long Bay

One of the must-see tourist spots you can find in Vietnam has got to be Ha Long Bay. If you’re a fan of the popular television show, Top Gear, then you’re already familiar with this breathtaking site. With over 1,500 small islands that form a remarkable seascape, you can’t help but feel awed at how perfect nature can be. Don’t expect to find garish overdeveloped areas here, as most islands are uninhabited. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s visited by thousands annually and it’s a sight to behold.

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pilar Pagoda

For travelers new and seasoned, having a good smartphone that can capture memories and still be practical to use is a must. Out of all the flagship phones that were released recently, we’ve taken a liking to the LG G3 and feel like it’s one of the best smartphone companions of choice when traveling.

Temple of Litarature
Temple of Literature

Why Is The LG G3 A Great Smartphone for Travelers?

A phone that’s intuitive and simple to use is great, but so many offerings out there sacrifice power and features for that simplicity. With the LG G3, you won’t have to worry about that at all. Even those who are new to smartphones will find it really easy to use so travelers of all ages will love it.

Bloggers at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi
Filipino Bloggers at Ba ?ình District in Hanoi

LG G3 Key Features

With a stunning 5.5-inch Quad HD display, you’re sure that all your photos will be displayed at its best, stunning quality. On a long flight or train ride? Then catch up with your favorite TV series but you might have to fight off the distraction of how clear and crisp everything looks.

Souvenir Items for sale inside Temple of Literature
Souvenir Items for sale inside Temple of Literature

Power junkies have got another thing to be happy about as well. It boasts 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2.5GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. If you’re not too much of a techie and find all that confusing—don’t worry. All you need to know is everything will be blazing fast and you can capture all the photos and videos you want without being afraid of it crashing.

Souvenir from Hanoi Vietnam
Souvenir from Hanoi Vietnam

It may have just a 3,000mAh battery but sometimes, the numbers don’t count. Multiple tests have concluded that the LG G3 manages more than the average smartphone can even with that huge display. Most of this is thanks to new display technology exclusive to LG.

Paintings for Sale in Old Quarter
Paintings for Sale in Hanoi Old Quarter

Check Out That Camera!

And now we get to the part we’re all waiting for: that beauty of a camera. Before we dive in to the finer points of the camera, many will be happy to know that the LG G3 has an interesting ‘selfie’ feature that will definitely prove handy once you’re traveling through Hanoi, Halong Bay or anywhere else in the world. You simply hold your hand up in front of the screen and wait for it to detect it. Close your hand into a fist and the LG G3 will start a 3-second countdown! Talk about convenience. Now you can say goodbye to awkward poses trying to press the shutter button.

Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls
Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls

The 13-megapixel snapper takes great photos in low-light and those in ample lighting are especially impressive. It has laser auto-focus that’s usually found in the high-end DSLRs and it enables you to capture your photos clearly and very quickly. LG simplified its camera interface so only the basic features are included but don’t think of that as a downside. It’s extremely user-friendly and with that quick focus, you can have all the time in the world afterwards to edit to your heart’s content.

How to get to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay 170km away from Hanoi capital, Ha Long Bay is easily accessible by private car and public transport.

Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam twice weekly every Tuesday and Saturday, leaving Manila at 10:30PM and arriving in Hanoi at 12:30am. Return flights will leave Hanoi at 1am every Wednesday and Sunday, and arrive in Manila at 5am.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to, or call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888. The latest seat sales and promos can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.

LG G3 Smartphone is available in the Philippines at any Smart Stores with All-In Plan 1800. For more info visit

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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