Giant Dragon Hotel

173 Pham Ngu Lao St., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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  • Solo37
  • Business50
  • wanderingbilly's Profile Photo

    ..QUIET CENTRAL HOTEL..

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    WE BOOKED THE GIANT DRAGON HOTEL AFTER READING VERY MIXED REVIEWS.
    THE ROOM COST US 25$ A NIGHT AND IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BACKPACKER CITY ON PHAM NGU LAO.
    WHEN WE ARRIVED AFTER A VERY LONG FLIGHT FROM THE UK THE GIANT DRAGON WAS A VERY WELCOME SIGHT.
    THE STAFF AT RECEPTION WERE VERY HELPFULL AND HAD US IN THE LIFT AND UP TO OUR SIXTH FLOOR ROOM VERY QUICKLY.
    THE HOTEL HAS SEVEN FLOORS WITH FOUR ROOMS PER FLOOR.
    OUR ROOM AS I SAID WAS ON THE SIXTH FLOOR AND FOR THE 25$ A NIGHT WE PAID IT MORE THAN DONE THE JOB... OK ITS NOT FLASH AND THE DECOR IS A BIT DATED BUT IT IS CLEAN AND TIDY AND IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THE ACTION..
    THAT SAID THE ROOM WAS VERY QUIET WHICH SUITED US JUST FINE.
    YOU COULD SAY YOU HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS..GREAT NIGHT LIFE.. THEN A QUIET ROOM TO COME BACK TO AND GET SOME WELL EARNED SHUT EYE.
    OUR ROOM CAME WITH SATELLITE TV..HAIR DRYER..AND PRIVATE BATHROOM.
    DELUXE ROOMS HAVE VIEWS OF THE CITY, BUT I THINK THESE MIGHT GET MORE NOISE.
    ALL IN ALL I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM STAYING IN THE GIANT DRAGON AGAIN..
    FOR LOCATION AND PRICE ITS HARD TO BEAT.

    Unique Quality: PRICE AND LOCATION.
    PRIVATE BATHROOM.

    Directions: ON PHAM NGU LAO. IN THE BACKPACKER DISTRICT.

  • scott.wilson.pt's Profile Photo

    Great family-owned hotel

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    This was a great accidental find. It is listed in the Lonely Planet's mid-range section. We got three very spacious rooms, high ceilings, on the same 6th floor, one of them a corner room with a fantastic view of the Pham Ngo Lao district. Noisy as hell outside; close the double windows and it's perfectly quiet upstairs. Our price for three rooms was $70, or about $20-25 per. The restaurant is nothing to boast of, and they don't. Besides the very clean, spacious rooms they work hard to set up good tours and will do other travel planning with you. But thing I wanted to feature is the family that runs every aspect of the place. You'll meet all of them -- I think there are four brothers, two sisters, two or three cousins. They work very hard and each of them is gracious and very helpful. I highly recommend this place.

    Directions: At edge of Pham Ngu Loa district, Ho Chi Minh City

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Cruise World Heritage Site Halong Bay

by tampa_shawn

Ha Long Bay is an UNESCO World Heritage site that the Vietnamese call the 'descending dragon'. It's a truly remarkable place. In a relatively small area there are 3,000 island mountains that protrude straight up from the sea.

The best way to see this area is Via 'dragon boat' (the Vietnamese call the boats Junks) cruising in and out of the mountains.

From a letter home

We 'lived' on a two story wooden boat with giant red sails and a dragon head in the front. It looked a bit like an ancient wooden barge. The ground floor had about 10 cabins and the second floor had the dining room (again all in wood) with big open windows. You could go up on the roof and sunbathe or just enjoy the sights but I spent most of my time by the giant dragon head in front of the boat watching the mountains go by.

Virtual tourist wont allow its users to label by areas..only cities...so in the Virtual Tourist Website Halong Bay is listed by its county or nearest city

Thanh Pho Hai Phong > Haiphong

Bustling Saigon

by gamondeluxe

"The backpacking area"

The backpacking area was established in early 1990, and made it popular to tourist following the increasing of hotels, motels, guesthouses built up.
Three first elegant hotels in this area were Liberty 3, Liberty 4, and Vien Dong. And it opened a bright future. Following that, several private households transformed their places into budget & mid-range hotels to host foreign visitors.
There are around more than 500 businesses registered in this area. Most of them gather along 3 main roads: Bui Vien, De Tham & Pham Ngu Lao – become so popular to the extend that some people name it Pham Ngu Lao town.
In this area, you have so many options to choose for yourself. It could be a budget, basic guesthouse to a classy 3-star hotel. Price might range from below ten to hundred dollars per night. However, the number of budget places totally overwhelms the high-class and it gradually makes this area into tourist mind as heaven for backpackers

"Where to stay in Backpacking area ?"

3-star:
Hotel Liberty 3
Add: 187 Pham Ngu Lao, DIST 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 38369522, Fax: (84-8) 38364557

Hotel Elios
Add: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 3838 5585, Fax: (84-8) 3838 5583

Hotel Quê Hýõng - Liberty
Add: 265 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 38364556/ 39141926, Fax: (84-8) 38370778/ 39141927

2-star:
Hotel Du Na
Add: 167 Pham Ngu Lao, DIST 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 38373699, Fax: (84-8) 38376606

Hotel Ðai Hoang Long (Giant Dragon)
Add: 173 Pham Ngu Lao, DIST 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 3836 9268, Fax: (84-8) 3836 7279

Hotel Duc Vuong
Add: 195 Bùi Viện, P. Pham Ngu Lao, DIST 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: (84-8) 39206991, Fax: (84-8) 39203436

Hotel Le Le
Add: 171 Pham Ngu Lao, DIST 1, Tp Hồ Chí Minh
Tel: (84-8) 38368686, Fax: (84-8) 38368787

"Language - confusion part!"

What can you expect?
If you travel around the city centre, pop in some food courts - a lot - to try some local food. It's safe. The waiters & shop owners in centre area, most of them, can speak English.

What can you not?
Apart from citi centre, such as Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon, Cu Chi, Thu Duc, you may find it a bit inconvenience talking with local. You cannot expect them to understand what exactly you want to talk about. However, the local people are willing & kind enough to do their best to get what you want. That’s VN hospitality!
The advantage of traveling apart from city is that you have chance to see some less noisy scenes, and enjoy not worrying much about doing bargain.

The fact:
Most VN do not speak English very cool
They do finally understand what you want to – it takes time.
Southernism is also much easy-to-listen than the Northernism in term of English speaking
Hanging out with local & learning some local expressions is not a bad idea.
Honestly, people in South is much easy than the Northern

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Guests in hotel

by indo1

I hear most Ho Chi Minh Hotels dont allow guests.....Can anybody recommend Hotels where this is not a problem?

RE: Guests in hotel

by orchid49

Try Mondial Hotel on Dong Koi street. Should not be any problem.

I saw many guests bring local girls.

RE: Guests in hotel

by martensd

Last time I was there, (Feb 2004) I stayed at the Giant Dragon in the Backpacker area on Pham Ngu Lao.
Nice rooms, no problems with guests day or night, but they do lock up later at night and you need to get security to let you in.
They do want the guests ID card usually.
Get to know the staff and security. They were all very nice and helpful. They watched after me and made sure I was taken care of.

Also done a couple of doors is the Duna which I heard was liberal also.

Of course that was a year ago and things do change quickly.

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Address: 173 Pham Ngu Lao St., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam