Hong Thien Loc Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

287-289 Pham Ngu Lao St. District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Costs 51% less but rated 22% lower than other 3 star hotels

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    A small hotel in the backpacker's area


    I arrived at the hotel at about 9.30am and it was earlier than the check in time at 2pm. The receptionist allowed me to have an early check in and asked me to wait for 30min in order to prepare the room. They requested for my passport and kept it upon check in and they would return me the passport upon check out. A room key was given to me and I went to my assigned room. Upon opening the door, I had a surprise. There was a suitcase and many items lying in the room; I was given the key to another guest's room! I closed the door and went to straight to the reception counter and highlighted to them about this mistake. The receptionist was apologetic about the mistake and gave me the correct keys to my room. But it made me wonder what would have happened if someone else were also given the wrong key and entered my room.

    My room was with one tiny window and had an attached bathroom to it. Basic toiletries like comb, shower cap, toothbrush etc were provided. If I close the bathroom door, I could still hear the slightly muffled sounds from the constant motorbike/car horns in my room. The horns were lesser as it gets later into the night.

    I found the housekeeping service to be less than satisfactory, it could have been better. I went out exploring the city on the second day of my stay and came back to the hotel quite late in the evening. I realised that the shower curtain was removed, but I made do with it. Even though I had a hot shower but it was quite chilly to shower without the shower curtain at night. I thought they would replace the curtain the next day during the routine housekeeping session but they didn't. I had to call the housekeeper to put back the shower curtain. They were not really thorough with the cleaning, some of the rusbish were left there as it was. The water pressure in the shower was quite good however it took about 5min to get hot water during the evening. I had showers in the morning and I noticed that the water would not be hot no matter how long you stay in the shower.

    The hotel provided a limited selection of breakfast which includes fresh spring roll, fried spring rolls, mixed salad, omelette, fried rice, cereal, papaya etc. They changed one or two dishes every day. You would be given a breakfast coupon everyday to be redeemed for the next morning. Breakfast hour was till 9.30am.

    The location of the hotel was near to most eating places and about 20min walk to the Ben Thanh market. It was slightly further from the other places of interest though. The hotel had provided free internet access and computer at the lobby and free wifi access in your room. Overall, the hotel staff were helpful and friendly.

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Forum Posts

Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by kfchanx


My name is Niwde from Malaysia. Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City wif few of my frens. My budget hotel is around 20-40 USD. Can u tell me which is d best hotel for that budget? And i plan to shop around that area too. Heard that lots of nice clothing and handbag. Will be there for 4 Days and 3 Nights. Thanks for the info.

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by Stepwalk

The Pham Ngu Lao area generally has the best value hotels in that price range such as the Ngoc Minh. The area is popular with backpackers and not too far to walk to Benh Thanh markets. There are plenty of other hotels in this area so look on the web.

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by zjenson

Not to worry much. When you get there, there's plenty to choose. I made a big mistake booking in advance online for a weeks stay, only to discover that there were better lodgings that were cheaper on the second day. Maybe you should just book for one night first, then look around. Best of luck..

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by mainam

Hi Niwde
You can do shopping in Ben Thanh Market is the center market
Hotel you can get good one it is quite easy, for 20 bug you can get a mini hotel but good, with 40 bug you can get 3 start hotel in the center of city where is convenient for shopping and entertainment.
You can get in to this web to see Saigon city Hotel: http://www.holidaysvn.com/hotels/star-3/city-1/viet-nam-hotels.htm. They are City Hotel

have o good trip

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by kfchanx

Thanks for the reply.
Can i also know how much is the taxi cost (by meter or by trip) from the airport to the Benh Thanh market? I m assumming to find a budget hotel nearby there.

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by Stepwalk

The fare should be no more than about US$10.

Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by kfchanx

Thanks for the input...I m goin on the 22 June to 25 June 2010. Izzit goin to be a rainy season...

I also wanted to buy cloths, baby wear, ladies hand bag..Just want to know if the price is negotiable?


Re: Planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City

by Stepwalk

Yes it is the rainy season and yes you will have to bargain on prices except in the upper-end fashion label stores. You can shop at Ben Thanh or Cholon markets and other stores around HCM but I suggest you go to the upper floors at Saigon tax, corner of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi where you will get local goods at local prices.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Internet Cafe

by loowl

The cheapest internet cafe is around Pham Ngu Lao area. (De Tham Street) It costs 100 Dong per minute and minimum of 10 mins which works out to be 1000 Dong. All connections are using ASDL. The internet cafe around Dong khoi street costs 1000 Dong per minute.

What to Wear

by neurochic

Ok Vietnam may not be a wide country but its quite long which means if you plan on traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi you need to almost pack as if you are going to 2 different seasons. I traveled in March and in Saigon it was blistering heat. Very sunny and like 80s-90s degrees F. But in Hanoi it was foggy, rainy almost like the beginning of spring and often times I was wearing a wind breaker, the temps were like 60s F. In Sapa it felt like early winter. The rice terraces in Mt. Fansipan had snow on them and my husband and I were wearing gloves and fleeces. So definitely pack for all types of weather if you expect to travel throughout the country. However if you do forget to pack something the good thing is that clothing is fairly inexpensive however if you are like my husband who is a fairly big American, you may be unable to find clothing in your size. Here in the States he wears a large to X-large but in Vietnam he wore XXX-large. Furthermore if you don't want to look like a tourist (which may be difficult if you look nothing like the people) try to avoid wearing shorts. Even when its super hot, most Vietnamese do not wear shorts. Try loose linen pants that work just as well.


by balhannah

On one of my tours to the Mekong Delta, we were shown the process of making Coconut Candy and given a "FREE SAMPLE" to try. It was nice, and I did buy a small packet along with most people on the tour.

Making Coconut Candy....................

* Firstly, you need to grate the coconut flesh.
* Next, the grated flesh is pressed to extract coconut milk and coconut cream. We saw this being done by a "press"
* Malt syrup and sugar are then added to this mixture of coconut milk and cream.

[We were told this is a secret mix and the process is often entrusted only to family members of the factory owner].

* The mixture is then heated in large woks over fire from the coconut shells. The mixture is stirred continuously, either by hand with large wooden paddles, or by electric motors driving large rotor blades.
* The heated mixture eventually caramelizes to a thicker texture, and while it is still hot and soft, the thickened mixture is then stringed out into molds and allowed to cool.
* The final step sees the candy strings cut into rectangular lozenges, then wrapped and packaged.

We saw this whole process

Water Park

by kimmo_v

Saigo Water Park is a must place to visit!!
Its the first western standars like water park in Vietnam, so its very safe and clean. There are huge amount of life-guards, so you dont have to worry at all, even if you are with your children or so. There is also own medical-center by the entrance gate

It is about 20-30 mins(by taxi, appr. 50.000 Dongs=3,5 EUR)) from the city center or by bus(appr. 15.000 Dongs= 1 EUR)it takes almost an hour.

The entrance fee is 60.000 Dongs.
The area is big(5 hectares), and there are many activities to choose from.
You feel like a teenager there, when you are having fun!

Food is available from the stalls and guarded lockers for your belongings are for free. You can buy all your things there, if you want so. There is a shop, that sells swimming suits, hats, towels, sun tan lotion, souveniers,...

Thoi Son (Phung Islands)

by keeweechic

Thoi Son (Phung Islands) the tropical fruit island - lunch at Trung Luong restaurant for Fried Elephant-eared fish. I can tell you that I wasn't too keen on riding in this little boat (not fussed being that close to the water) and I positioned myself in the middle with both my feet bracing either side of the boat with strict instructions to the others not to move and rock the boat..:-)


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