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we arrived in rainy, chaotic, small and noisy Hanoi this morning after 11 hours of flight during teresa's tv screen was not working.... everything went well with the visa and we managed not to be fooled by the annoying taxi drivers ;-) the Vietnamese celebrate Tet (their new years) currently, so we're going out to have a look at that now. the whole …
Our mission for Hanoi initially was to find a reliable boat trip for Halong Bay. Thinking that we would be better hunting in a pack we went off with the others from the bus. After two hours we hadn't had much luck and were getting pretty frustrated so we did the only logical thing. Went to the pub.
After a couple of Hanoi's finest me and …
We arrived in Vietnam at 12;30 last night, 1:30am China time. I've been back, living in Dalian for a month and this is my first 1 week holiday of the school year. I am very lucky that my sister was able to take 3 weeks of vacation and come visit me. She suggested to go to Vietnam because it looked warmer than southern china would be now, in early …
I was impressed with the ruthless efficiency we showed by getting from
party central Laos to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi Vietnam, in just a
few hours. No messing! At Hanoi airport (which is nowhere near Hanoi)
we sought out other backpackers that are likely to say yes to sharing a taxi into the city, thus paying half of the …
The minibus dropped us off back at the Especen Hotel around 5.30pm. We said goodbye to Carlo, Bernat and Qin and checked back in for 2 nights. This time our room was on the 5th floor, and the stairs were killer. We were given a family room for the first night for the same price as a double room. The room was very spacious, with 2 beds …
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This hotel has a slightly odd setup, in that it exists at two addresses on differing street names. It reality they are 5 doors apart from each other, and as long as you can find the old town you should be able to get to them, despite the many impostors with the same name, but no Green Sign!
The Staff are very friendly and will provide you with information on what's around old town and further out, they also have a decent map of the old town, which is necessary, since it's a maze of interconnected alleys in parts.
The rooms are small, but big enough to house twins or a queen sized double, all furnishings are clean and comfortable and there is a fridge, TV, a/c and a fan. The wash room is standard in that the shower hangs almost over the sink on one side and toilet on the other - but again everything is clean and running hot water is the norm.
Stepping out of the hotel if you walk in one direction you will hit the Cathedral tethered to the South of old town, in the other you can head towards Ho Chi Minh's Memorial, museum and the one pillar pagoda - all about 15 - 20 mins walk away (5 by Om Xe).
They will also take care of your luggage should decided to take a two day trip to somewhere like Halom bay
We had a great time staying here - I'm sure you will too!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.