Let’s not mince words: tourists love the country because it’s one of the cheapest places on earth, but low costs come with risks. Yet another travel list has named Vietnam among the must-visit places in the world because it’s cheap. This time, it’s Emily Zemler, a writer from Refinery29, who describes Vietnam as one of the best “super cheap” destinations in the world. “Asian destinations like Japan and Singapore can be pricy, but Vietnam is notably budget-friendly. The food, which is just as good from a street cart as it is from a sit-down restaurant, is cheap (usually less than 10 bucks a pop) and hotels are reasonable, with luxury properties averaging around $80 per night… Don’t be afraid to sample the street food, which includes signature dishes like beef pho and bun cha, and make sure to spring for a countryside bicycle tour from Hoi An, which run $17 and up.” To be fair, cost-based recommendations like these are … [Read more...] about The real dangers of traveling to Vietnam just because it’s cheap
Hanoi old quarter hostel
VietNamNet Bridge - On their joint blog, Kerry and Bradley share their feeling and stunning photos after their trip to Hanoi. From their blog: Upon arrival in Hanoi, we were dropped next to a busy road full of motorcycles and we had to walk for twenty minutes to the hostel. At the street here, I believe that to cross to the other side, you have to be quick, do not be polite or be too patient. Located amid Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple looks like a peaceful island that is separate from the bustle of life in the center of Hanoi. From the temple yard, you will have an overview of the beautiful scenery of the lakeshore. The giant balls in the sky reminded me of a festive atmosphere. Sunset on the roof of the ancient Ngoc Son Temple. Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is a large place of Confucian worship with many old buildings, beautiful gardens and impressive statues, including dragons, turtles and a creature that may be a phoenix or crane. The dragon appears on the roofs of … [Read more...] about Foreign bloggers show a different Hanoi
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
Last Sunday, in Hanoi's Old quarter, a young, blue-eyed Australian backpacker sat cradling his head in his hands and complaining of a hangover. He said he'd had a wild night and produced a small digital camera from his pocket to prove it. He cycled through images of a small bamboo thatched restaurant suspended over water and then, he began to play a video. The clip showed him crouched before a Vietnamese man who had pinned a roughly two-foot snake, upside down, on the floor. A crowd of Western tourists stood around cheering and yelling. Next, he knelt down and dove his mouth into a slit in the creature's belly. "I ate the still-beating heart right out of the snake," he said, with some pride. "I could feel it beating as it went down my esophagus. It was pretty cool." The previous night, the young man and a group of his friends had paid the staff at the Hanoi Backpacker's Hostel on Ngo Huyen Lane US$15 each to participate in a packaged tour called "Snake Village … [Read more...] about Snakes alive!
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