Hoan Kiem Lake Hotel

29 Hang Trong Str., Hanoi, Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake Hotel
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Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by Silverlight

Hi, I will be travelling to Hanoi in August. I am choosing between Elegance 3 and Golden-Sun Hotel 4. Both hotels have been very quick in their email response to me and have equal shares of good reviews.

1.Has anyone here stayed in these two hotels? I would appreciate your true comments (good and bad) to help me make choice. (2) I am also thinking of engaging the service from hanoikids to bring me around Hanoi city. Has anyone utilize their service? Appreciate your comments and experience with them

Re: Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by meggy88

We stayed at the Elegance 2 in 2007 and we thought this was the best place we stayed at during out trip due to their friendly service.

Re: Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by daawgon

Two similar hotel and both outstanding in every way are the Gia Thinh Hotel (Sunshine Group) at Hang Bac/Ma May St. and the Especen Hotel on Tho Xuong in the shadow of the Cathedral. The Gia Thinh would be the more plush with elevator, new in-room DSL computers, king size beds and many other comforts such as a big buffet brekkie ($30. for the Superior room).

I've used Hanoikids twice now and they're OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY!!!

Re: Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by hientonkin

You may consider the Hanoi elegance 4 in stead of 3. This one is more reasonable and the room is fabulous. I like the fact that every room get sunlight with big windows.
Never stay seen room in Golden Sun 4 so i dont know.
Hanoi elegance is definetely the place.

Hanoikids: since they are not real tourguides, then you need to figure out where to go and make your day with them. They are great. Sometimes they just forget the museums close on Monday so you go all the way to there and come back.

Re: Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by daawgon

hientonkin - That's right, Hanoikids are human just like the rest of us, and that's what is so attractive about them. It's so refreshing to meet real Hanoians for a change instead of professionals. Vietnam is a country of unusual people and the chance to interact with them is the very best part of travel to this country (I can see museums any day!) I just wish Hanoikids would expand to some of the more rural areas in N. Vietnam.

Re: Advice on acommodation / HanoiKids service for city tour

by travelSEasia

If I could offer some advice I would say "don't book anything". Just turn up, ask to see a room and then negotiate the price. You will then ensure that you are happy with the room before you pay for it. There is nothing worse than arriving at your hotel and finding that you are looking over the local tip or next to the noisiest nightclub in town! There are always plenty of rooms available - if one place is full, move on to the next. Use a good travel guide book to direct you to the best area of town (ie depending if you prefer shopping, temples, views, etc), check out one or two of the recommended hotels or guest houses - keep looking if you are not happy. My wife and I travelled SE Asia for 4 months - no bookings. We had no trouble finding accommodation and we spent less than $15 per night, always with an ensuite bathroom.
Happy travels!

Travel Tips for Hanoi

Helpful Travel Agent in Hanoi

by cochinjew

There are some well known travel agencies in Hanoi and it is difficult to decide who to choose upon. They all seem to offer very similar tours and experiences. Since my brother and I did not wish to go to where there were lots of tourists, our initial encounter with travel agents was a bit of a disappointment: they all pointing you to halong bay, sapa etc Also if you dont have reentry into vietnam and has only a single entry visa, you need the help of a travel agent to arrange that. most are not willing since it is not very profitable for them. I highly recommend
CODOHUE TOURIST COMPANY, 34 hang Mam street in Hanoi tel 84 4 824 1841 ot mobile 0913 536 288 email codohue_sinhtravel@hn.vnn.vn

A night trek through unspoilt jungle

by currychook

A totally unusual experience waiting to be had- worth the travel out of the city. Cuc Phuong National Park. Exhilarating ride on a scooter through beautiful Vietnamese countryside, and before you know it, you're in thick jungle. Take a night trek through the jungle- navigating through pitch black darkness, gnarled roots, branches and leaf litter armed with just a torch. Speed downhill in a rickety bike through a narrow, unmarked road snaking its way through the jungle- praying at every corner that you will be able to avoid going headlong with a motorcycle or bus going the other way. Stay in a hut ('hotel') totally cut off from the rest of the world, a few mosquitos and moths circling a single light bulb to keep you company. Drink Vietnamese rice wine and talk the night away with the friendly conservationists/ scientists working in the area. Be inspired by efforts done to help the wildlife in the surrounding jungles. Wake up to birdsong and monkey calls. Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and Turtle Rehabilitation Center. A truly priceless experience.


by chirpy383 about CU THANH - Boutique a l interieur

A wide range of fabric for you to choose from.
Remember you have to bargain! Tailored a tube dress Ao-Dai.
Very good workmanship.
One day delivery.
Friendly and patient staff.

I paid USD35 for quite good quality fabric
One side of fabric is maroon, the other is red.
Very pretty silk and classy colour..

this Anchor is sinking fast

by richiecdisc about Ankor

I spotted another beer joint near the train station and it looked very upscale compared to most of the bia hoi places I had been dragging D too so we stopped in for a quick one. Unfortunately, the beer was a bland tasteless lager that might satisfy those in need of a thirst quencher. In that case, I’ll take water. ;) I also came across a bottled beer across from the train station while waiting for our night train to Hue. It was called Laser Draft Beer (in a bottle?!) and though in a no-no green bottle, it was one of the tastier beers we came across in Vietnam.

Halong Bay's sister cities of...

by UScutie

Halong Bay's sister cities of Bai Chay and Hong Gai are about 165 kilometers northeast of Hanoi. The repaving of Highway 18 (and the redesign of Highway 5) has cut a full 90 minutes off what was formerly a 5-6 hour trip from Hanoi. Previously, the fastest way to Ha Long was via Haiphong along Highway 5. From this bustling port city, travelers then had to take a couple of ferries along Route 10. This is still the more interesting route but, again, more time-consuming. If you're really in a rush, skip the road and go by Russian-built MI-8 helicopter!

The most expedient way of reaching Ha Long is to purchase an overnight trip from Hanoi-based Buffalo Tours. Better yet book one of their sea kayaking trips!

Independent travelers can arrange their own transportation. For the round trip, expect to pay US$50-$100. You'll also have to book your own boat in Halong Bay. Most for group of over 8 people will save money by this way.

A more adventurous option is to hire a motorbike and cruise out to the bay yourself. Small motorbikes can be rented in Hanoi. Try the Memory Cafe (33b Tran Hung Dao Street; tel: 84-4-826-5854) or the Mai Linh Cafe (22 Cau Go; tel: 84-4-824-4554).

If you have more money than time, or prefer a double shot of adventure, go by helicopter. Helicopter service aboard Russian-built MI-8 or MI-17 helicopters is offered on Saturday only. You depart at 8 a.m. from Gialam heliport, about 15 km from center of Hanoi. Free transportation to Gialam heliport from the Metropole Hotel departs at 7:15 a.m. The return flight is at 3 p.m. the same day. A ticket will set you back US$175 round trip/US$90 one way. Children under 6 pay half.

4/A ground package to visit Halong Bay by boat is sold on behalf of Halong Tourist Company for US$20 per person. Package includes round-trip car transfer from Halong heliport to the boat, boat trip (4-5 hours), lunch, and guide.

5/Contact Northern Flight Services Company (182 Truong Chinh Road; tel: 84-4-852-3451 or at Gialam Airport, tel: 84-4-877-1410). There must be a minimum of 10 passengers to make the trip. Confirm your trip by the Wednesday prior.

Train buffs can get to Haiphong by train in the morning, and then take the afternoon ferry to Bai Chay, or the ferry or hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island. From Haiphong, ferries depart for Hong Gai about three times a day. Schedules change constantly. The fare is about 15,000 dong one-way. Figure an entire day each way.


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