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... this to the Americans love of Mc.Donalds, which caused a few laughs. Eloise insisted we entered last, after the rest of the group, and we made our way through the first couple of metres without issue. Then Matt heard the words he dreaded, "I don't think I can do this, I need to leave", thankfully after a few seconds Eloise relaxed and persevered to the first exit. Then Matt trooped on to the 100m mark, attempting to be the alpha male, but regretted it as he came out covered in dirt ...
... that always means good byes,which make me sad.However,we have a date set next summer with Eddy and Cathy to come out to Canada,and then we will go spend time with them in Europe the following year,so we leave Nah Trang with lots of great memories,and loads of excitement for good times to come! We really did have a lot of laughs,and a couple of great days,one at the mud baths again,and then a day trip to Monkey Island,before we settled in and just beached it,as well ...
... to try everything too which was all so yummy. We then got back on the boat and then transferred in groups of 4 to small man powered canoes. We all wore our rice paddy hats (totally necessary for the situation, everyone in Vietnam wears these hats!) We had a woman rowing us and she stands the entire time and rows with her arms in a crossing motion. We went all down a river and the view was so beautiful but also hard to see at times. These people ...
... knew we were coming here, shooting a gun!!
hell yes! never shot anything other than a clay pigeon shotgun and I've always wanted to shoot something with some umph!
see videos for actual awesome, but Becky didnt record me so instead have a picture of me looking at a gun...
We payed per bullet so when the offer came up for a M60 machine gun we had a ************* to make, so instead taking the cheaper option we used the ...
... way to find places to stay, especially from fellow backpackers! So, we checked ourselves in the 'Vietnam Inn Saigon' slap bang in the centre of hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. The list of 'places we could live' is building, with HCMC being one of them. This city has everything on offer, from local markets both day and night to designer cafe's in giant plaza's! Like most of our first days in every location, we strolled around this eye opening city and even spent a couple ...
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I must say this is the best Hotel I have ever had the pleasure to stay at. We booked an executive room for 2 nights. we received a room on the 24th floor, sensational view of Saigon.
Looking at this hotel on the internet it looked impressive, however, DONT BE MISTAKEN!! The rooms are all old infested with ants! Not worth the amount they charge! (we paid 40 pounds sterling per night). There are plenty of other hotels around.
My husband and I stayed at the Windsor Plaza 23 -27 Oct. 2006 as part of a 9 day trip to Vietnam. We had a difficult time finding hotel rooms because of the APEC convention, but our travel agent found this one. There were no rooms left at the lowest price, and were we glad! We paid $86/night for our deluxe room (compared to $75 for a regular room). In addition to a bigger room that was absolutely spotless, the upgrade allowed us access to the Executive Lounge which was a big plus for us. We were allowed to use the internet any time at no charge, there were always food and beverages available(custom-cooked eggs for breakfast; liquor was extra) which allowed us to have a light supper at the end of the day instead of going to a restaurant, which we did twice. We also got an envelope with coupons for a free breakfast in the large buffet-style restaurant, two free drinks, discount on massages, and several other coupons. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to the shopping and sight-seeing districts of town, which we used every day.
We found Windsor Plaza great value, though more of a four-star, I'd say, than 5 star. Friendly, efficient staff and breakfast to write home about. Don't worry with the deluxe rooms (more expensive). The superior was just fine - absolutely huge. Beds seemed fine to us. We were upgraded to a deluxe room on a return trip, and it was smaller (but still excellent), although it gave access to an executive floor giving free food, drinks and (slow) internet. But hardly worth paying the extra. The hotel is a bit out of the centre (and thus few reasonable restaurants handy outside the hotel), but a reliable shuttle every 30 minutes bridged the gap. They also pick up/drop off at airport as part of the (free) service. A full market is on the lower floors of the hotel, and the prices there (and range of goods) seemed as good as anywhere.
Me and my gf stayed at the hotel for 3 nights on our HCM City trip!
Average hotel - nothing special
We flew to Ho Chi Minh City for a week with VN Airlines. The travel agent said for A$1,100 (including all taxes & visa) VN Airlines also offered 4 nights accommodation at the Windsor Plaza Hotel. We wanted a couple of extra nights and it cost A$65 a night. The accommodation included daily buffet breakfasts - which were more on the quantity than quality. Our room was the standard one. We would rate the hotel as a 3*, but not a 4* or 5*.
Good points were clean room, good views over the HCM city on the 25th floor, next to a shopping plaza, free shuttle bus from and to airport (not many hotels would provide this service), great shower!
Bad points were the hard beds, not double-glazed windows so we could hear the honking traffic noise all night and throughout the day!
Loved the Windsor plaza
I enjoyed my 1 week stay at this hotel. The hotel offered varieties of fresh food in Eastern and Western styles. The environment was extremely clean.
The staffs were so courteous and helpful. The shuttles were convenient in every 30 minutes. The spa center was clean and the rate was a fraction of the US rate. The view was lovely. Although I wished it had an alarm clock in the room, this would help a lot. Other than this, I will recommend others to stay at this hotel. In addition, the shopping mall was next to the hotel, where you can shop until you drop with good bargain. Enjoyed it alot.
The disco was in our room!
We booked this hotel because of a good deal on the net.The hotel is near Chinatown and was full of Asian tour groups. It was not walking distance to downtown Ho Chi Minh. The front of house was excellent and the room had a good view. The air conditioning was a little noisy as is often the case in Asian hotels. The real problem started around 8pm when the disco on a lower floor started up. Our room on the seventh floor overlooked the dome of the disco and received all the noise until the early hours of the morning.In the morning, after a bad nights sleep, we had the buffet breakfast included in the tarrif. This was the worst breakfast of our three week trip.Leave this hotel to the Chinese tour groups.
In the middle of Chinatown
We stayed at the hotel for 5 nights and I liked it. The rooms are big and clean, the staff is very helpful and the breakfast very good. The views from the rooms and the top terrace where the small but nice swimming pool is are stunning. I liked the fact that it was in Chinatown because there were not many tourists around the hotel. You get quickly to District 1 taking the free hotel bus which leaves every 30 minutes and offers an excellent service. The use of the Internet and the massage are extremely expensive though.
We would not have chosen to stay at this hotel had it not been for the closure of its sister hotel 2 days before we arrived in the city. Luckily we were not charged the normal cost of this hotel (over double what we had paid for our original one!!). Don't get swayed by the five stars - this is Vietnamese 5 star and more like UK/US 4 star. Service is fine although the staff in the top floor restaurant where those staying in executive rooms take breakfast are a little over keen and we were never left alone to eat in peace!!! The Chinese restaurant is outrageosly expensive!! Room was clean although considering this is a new hotel some of the bathroom fittings were not particularly good - loose tiles, toilet roll holder loose. We were slightly alarmed to find no fire evacuation information in our room!!