Long Guesthouse

219/7 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    A home away from home


    My husband and I had a great stay at Long Guesthouse and will definitely recommend it. Mr and Mrs Long were very warm and friendly. The room was very clean, comfortable with air con, TV, free wifi and attached bathroom. Breakfast was included. The location is perfect, that in the middle of the backpackers’ area. You can reach many tourists attractions by foot. Its like home away from home. Thanks so much for the lovely time we had in Ho Chi Minh.

    Unique Quality: Impeccably Clean, Great Value & Location, Wonderful Hostess.

    Directions: Right in the middle of backpackers' area

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Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by vacasmugen

I'm planning on staying in Ho Chi Minh City with my girlfriend in June for three nights. I've done a bit of research, and it looks Bich Duyen and Thien Thao hotels both get very good reviews. A private double room is about the same price at either hotel during the days I'm staying there. It looks like Bich Duyen gets a slightly higher review on Tripadvisor, and is closer to the city center (it's located in Pham Ngu Lao). Thien Thao is further away, in District 3, but looks like it has much nicer rooms.

Has anyone stayed at either or both of these hotels, and have any ideas on which I should pick? I'm not sure how much being further away will be of an inconvenience, since cab rides are cheap, and it looks like it's only about a mile further away from the city center. Also, we're thinking of renting a motorbike or two to explore the city, so I don't know how much being further away matters at all.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on which hotel I should pick.


Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by SfumatoPants

I haven't stayed at either hotel so I can't offer anything there, but HCMC isn't all that big - at least the "Saigon" part, which is what I would call "downtown". You can walk anywhere from either of these hotels and it's not a long taxi ride to get anywhere. If it were up to me I would pick the hotel that offers the most for the least, and worry about location second. Hope that helps.

Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by daawgon

I have to disagree with the other poster, because HCMC is huge (I know, I've walked all over this town). Forget renting a motorbike - just wait until you see how they drive here! I've stayed at the Bich 2 times and it is excellent. The rooms are not fancy, but it's the hotel itself that shines (the service, the manager who caters to his guests like they are family). There is no ? that the Pham Ngu Lao is the place you want to be - taxis are cheap, yes, but you'd better make sure you get a Mai Linh cab is you don't want a fare fight.

Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by betska

I stayed at the Bich Duyen last December, and although I havn't done any reviews or tips yet, I can say that I would highly recommend it, and would certainly stay there again...the manager Chan is a top bloke, very friendly, speaks good english, and is very helpful with directions, booking tours etc. The location in the Pham Ngu Lao area is perfect, and handy to many great restaurants, bars, shopping and travel agencies. It is located in a little laneway, so nice & quiet at night - something to consider in Pham Ngu Lao as it can get a bit noisey on the main streets.

The rooms are small-ish, but hey-you are only there to sleep. They have fridge, private bathroom (with hot water), aircon, phone etc. Very clean.

Free internet in the foyer and breakfast included. And Chan will hang on to your bags after you check out if you are leaving HCMC later in the day.

Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by betska

Forgot to add, that Chan will have someone collect you from the airport if you need it, let me know if you want the Bich's email address.

Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by daawgon

Getting a reservation at the Bich is not easy (it's very popular), but you can still do very well in that area. The Bich has a sister hotel and a very good neighbor hotel.

I like these:

Blue River Hotel (blueriver1126@yahoo.com)
Hong Han Hotel (Honghan_guesthouse@yahoo.com)
Bich Duyen Hotel (bichduyenhotel@yahoo.com)

I've been to the Bich twice and the manager is nothing less than incredible - super service, friendly
the Hong Han is the sister hotel of the Bich, and the Blue River is located next door to the Bich

see http://www.blueriverhotel.com/ for a map of the area

Re: Bich Duyen Hotel vs Thien Thao Hotel

by betska

Yes - book as early ahead as you can for the Bich.

They didn't want a deposit paid, just a confirmation email a week before your arrival date. Just be sure to book direct with them.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Your own personal tour guide

by tiedemann

In the park across the street from Pham Ngu Lao you may be approached by a friendly man with a little book offering to show you around. These independant entrepreneurs offer a great way to see the city and it's surrounding sites without the limitations of a group tour. They generally charge more for their services than group tours, but their fees are flexible, reasonable, and worth it. So thumb through the testimonials in his little book, and give him a try. You won't be disappointed.

Here are two of these guides that I met in HCMC:

Mr. Tung : n_thanhtung@hotmail.com

Mr. Tho : dinhtho59@yahoo.com

Send a message, meet up, and decide for yourself. I think you'll have a great time!

Vietnamese Food

by machomikemd

Vietnamese food varies from region to region. Almost 500 traditional dishes have been recorded! Rice and noodles are staple foods (especially the PHO Noodle), served with nearly all meals. The most popular dishes are nema rán (spring rolls), bún thang (noodles with sliced pork, eggs, shredded chicken and shrimp), shellfish steamed with ginger and sea crabs fried with salt. Among common ingredients used are: shark fin, duck, pork paste, fish, spices, fruits, vegetables, crab meat, lobster and oysters.

Many (but not all) Vietnamese...

by paulmacn

Some (but not all) Vietnamese people you meet in the tourist district are persistent in making offers to you whether it be transportation, bars, etc. Quite a lot of patience is required if you stay in those districts. Be open but be careful.

Cu Chi Tunnels

by call_me_rhia

Located in the district of Cu Chi, about 1.30 from Ho Chi Min, the Cu Chi Tunnels are part of a network of tunnels stretching as far as the Cambodian border and used by NLF guerrillas to hide from the French Army first and then from the American Army.

There was everything in the tunnels: homes with kitchen, hospitals, weapons, food... and each tunnel entrance was well concieved and protected by a rudimental deadly trap, thanks to its poisonous spikes. Tunnels were built on three levels, with direct underground access to a river, and two generations of Vietnamese people have lived in these tunnels.

The tunnels were longer than 200 kilometres and air vents were needed... as you walk around, look for the termite mounds: they used to disguise the air vents. Of course the American Army did know of the tunnels, and a clear sign is the bombs dropped on the site (you can see them) and the presence of destroyed US Army tanks... still, the tunnel system could not be won. Only small upper parts were destroyed, but people moved down the lower levels and tunnels still continued to exist.

Some short stretches of tunnels are possible to visit, although they have been restored and made somewhat larger to accomodate foreign tourists... and yet, they are still hot, in pitch darkness annd extremely narrow and claustrophobic.

As there is no public transportation to the tunnels, the cheapest way is to visit them on an organized day trip, or else you can rent a taxi for half a day. Entrance (2007) was 55000 dongs.

The best shopping in town

by muratkorman about Saigon Square

Saigon Square consists of many small stalls selling mainly clothes, shoes and music/movie CD/DVD. You can find the best prices in town and you can still bargain for some more. It is always crowded and a little hot as every stall is not air-conditioned. T-shirts, winter jackets, CD/DVD 35 USD for ski/snow board jackets


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