The Hanoitimes - The prestigious American magazine Forbes recently published an article about 21 of suitable destinations for low-cost travelers in 2017. Northern Vietnam led the top in Forbes among the cheapest destinations in 2017. Forbes has interviewed 14 travel experts who make it their business to keep track of the best bargains around the world to make a list of the most affordable destinations to visit in 2017. And Vietnam is ranked as one of cheapest places this year. According to the article, Northern Vietnam is still an ideal destination for low-cost travelers who do not have a big budget for their travel. The article states about mostly beautiful mountain sceneries, ethnic groups, low prices for food and accommodation, and also that a large part of northern Vietnam is overlooked by travelers. Prices in northern Vietnam are generally very low. In an article on Forbes mainly provides low prices, eg. food $0.5-2 and accommodation in the private rooms from $10-15/night, at … [Read more...] about Vietnam ranked the top among cheap destinations in 2017: Forbes
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The Ho Chi Minh Road, which nominally links Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, has become a popular road trip option for many young foreigners. Photos: Calvin Godfrey Earlier this year, I opted to take a trip down the Ho Chi Minh Road—a 1,000 mile interior highway that nominally links Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Before departing, a thought occurred: just how likely am I to die on the trip ahead? Last year, the University of Michigan ranked 193 countries based on road fatalities. Vietnam came up number 25, just below Columbia. Unfortunately, the study contained no information about how likely I was to die on the my road trip. An informal polling of foreign embassies and consulates yielded the following results: Four Americans died on Vietnam's roads in 2014 along with a pair of Brits and two Frenchmen. The Germans kept no such numbers. "It is very, very dangerous," an exasperated consular employee told me. "More dangerous than in Germany." A Canadian consular flak declined to … [Read more...] about How deadly is driving Vietnam?
For backpackers: Hanoi Hostel is a brand new, pristine little youth hostel. The receptionists are young and helpful, always ready to help with a smile and a complimentary bottle of water or cup of coffee. Choose between a private room with two beds, or a dorm bed for US$5 per night. Whatever you choose, your room will be clean, well furnished, decorated, and equipped with an air-conditioner. You will enjoy a welcoming dining room where you can bring your own dinner or lunch, and sip on a free flow of tea or coffee all day long. A good breakfast is also included in the price of your room, and free beer from 6 to 7 p.m. The hostel boasts free access to computers with Internet, and an English-speaking staff who can arrange tours, bicycle rental, or laundry, and give you any advice and information you need. This is the best value for money in the capital and the friendliest place we visited in Hanoi. For history buffs: The Queen Hotel is a charming old Hoi An-style house, … [Read more...] about Four different paths in Hanoi
Vietnam On A Shoestring By Staff Writers The strip between HCM City and Hanoi has a lot of sights and experiences to offer and it does not have to cost an arm and leg With places to stay along the coastal highway like the historical city of Hue with its famous royal citadel, and Hoi An, a world heritage site that sparkles of an evening with countless lanterns seeing Vietnam from the north-south highway is a great way to go. Lying on the beach costs nothing and there are plenty of people who are happy to stay in a heritage site like Hoi An and cycle each morning to the beach. Lunch can be had on the beach for no more than a dollar or two. Of an evening, a bowl of pho (beef or chicken noodle soup) and some beers are cheap. If your priority is budget not comfort, accommodation in a bungalow in a town like Hoi An can be found for around US$5, but for around double that you can have a nice hotel room with air-conditioning and a fridge. In Halong Bay, a group of tourists can rent a junk to … [Read more...] about Vietnam On A Shoestring
Backpacker Quarter On The Go By staff writers Some 10 years ago, Pham Ngu Lao Quarter in District 1 was recommended by the world’s famous guidebook Lonely Planet for foreign tourists visiting Saigon. This quarter is referred to as the backpacker district of HCMC where thousands of travelers flock to every year. Stretching out on some streets in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, the backpacker area covers many narrow and long alleys. A survey conducted by the ward’s authorities shows that every day this area attracts nearly 2,000 foreign budget travelers, obtaining an annual revenue of over VND8 trillion.According to the survey, the average length of tourists’ stay in this area is one week with average expenditure of VND12 million per trip per person. After the stay in the backpacker area, many tourists leave for other destinations in Vietnam. Strong tourism potential The figures were given in a development plan for the Pham Ngu Lao tourism quarter in the 2010-2020 period by the … [Read more...] about Backpacker Quarter On The Go