Huyen Trang

36 Hang Trong, Hanoi, Vietnam

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    Good value hotel in Old Quarter

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    We booked into this hotel after staying at the Camellia and not entirely happy with our room. The Huyen Trang is very close to the Hoan Kiem Lake and Hang Gai Street and so close to where all the action is.

    We found our room to be quite luxurious compared to the Camellia- the bedroom was large, bed comfortable, large bathroom, satellite television/DVD, fridge and airconditioning.

    The staff were very friendly and helpful.

    Breakfast was in the bar/dining room. Your ordered what you wanted and it was then cooked for you. The omlette we had was very nice.

    Unique Quality: Rooms with balconies available(although we did not see what they looked like)
    Restaurant / bar

    Near Hang Gai Street

    Directions: West of Hoan Kiem Lake

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BEAUTIFUL (AND POOR) COUNTRY

by nygaston

"COST OF LIVING"

The average minimum wages are around $50-$100 monthly, but you will need $500-$1000 per month to live the occidental way...

I spent $69.06 a day on food, hotel, local transportation and activities during four days and nights in Hanoi.
The exchange rate was 16,000 dongs to the dollar, but many establishments charge in dollars.

MONEY
Currency: Dong (D)
Relative Costs:

MEALS
Budget: D15000-30000
Mid-range: D30000-50000
High: D50000-100000
Deluxe: D100000+

LODGING
Budget: US$3-10
Mid-range: US$10-20
High: $US20-50
Deluxe: US$50+

Travellers staying in budget accommodation and eating in small cafes should be able to get by on around USD20.00 to USD25.00 per day, plus long-distance transport costs. Those wanting to stay in mid-range hotels, eat out at moderate restaurants, charter occasional taxis and enjoy the nightlife should budget on around USD65.00 a day.

Government-run hotels and tourist restaurants usually add a 5% service charge to bills
so there's no need to tip (although staff may not get any of it). Leaving a small tip in other restaurants will be greatly appreciated by the staff. You should consider tipping hired drivers and guides, and it's polite to leave a small donation at the end of a visit to a pagoda.

HANOI
For the Lucky Hotel, 12 Hang Trong, Hanoi, (84-4) 8251029, fax (84-4) 8251731, e-mail address luckyhotel@hn.vnn.vn, I booked my reservation through the online service www.asia-hotels.com. My deluxe room with double bed, refrigerator, bathroom with tub, and large balcony was $47 a night.
The Lucky is often full, and refers guests to the similarly priced Huyen Trang Hotel a few doors away at 36 Hang Trong, Tel: (84-4) 8268480,
Fax : (84-4) 8247449,
E-mail: addresshuyentrang@fpt.vn.
There's no elevator, in the five-floor building, and the decor is slightly faded.
On the other side of the lake, near the opera house, I like the Dan Chu Hotel, 29 Trang Tien, (84-4) 8254937, fax (84-4) 8266786, or visit
www.danchuhotel.com, a large, old colonial-style building with an interior courtyard and lovely tiled hallways. The rate of $55 for the ''superior'' room was instantly discounted by 10 percent when I
expressed interest.

FOOD
At the Mai Anh pho shop, 32 Le Van Huu, (84-4) 9438492, a lunch of pho noodle soup, tea and soft drinks for two was $2.66.

VISITES
At the Kangaroo Cafe, 18 Pho Bao Khanh, (84-4) 8289931, an Internet
cafe and tourist agency, I booked a day tour of Hanoi ($20). The guide
was excellent. Transportation ($10 in cab rides) and admission to
various museums (about $6 total) are extra.
Except for the women's museum, the following are closed for a couple
of hours at lunchtime.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, 3 Ngoc, (84-4) 8463752, is
closed Monday and Friday. Admission to the mausoleum is free; the
museum is 30 cents.
Hoa Lo Prison Historic Museum, 1 Hoa Lo; (84-4) 8246358. Closed
Monday; 66 cents.
Vietnam Women's Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet; (84-4) 8259935.
Closed Monday; 66 cents.
Vietnam Military History Museum, 28 Dien Bien Phu; (84-4) 8234264.
Closed Monday and Friday; 66 cents.

"LIVING IN VIETNAM"

LODGING
Accommodation here is mostly shared housing. You can expect to share with 1 - 3
people in a typical Vietnamese style house - 4-metres wide, 3-storeys. The
bedrooms are likely to be air-conditioned, while the common living area will have a
ceiling fan.

EATING
Eating out is a delight and many westerners find themselves rapidly expanding their
waistlines. (see Keeping fit). Food from all over the world is available at excellent
prices. Vietnamese cuisine is amongst the healthiest in the world and a meal costs
from 40 cents upwards. (Pho - traditional Vietnamese soup). The food is so good
that few people bother to eat at home. Many restaurants have a home delivery
service.

DRINKING
The choice of bars is nearly as great as that of eateries. From the outdoor Bia Hoi,
where a litre of freshly brewed beer costs about 25 cents, to the roof-top bar of the
Caravelle Hotel, with its exclusive clientele and panoramic views of the city. Nightlife
comes alive at the weekends when the whole city seems to take to the streets. The
most popular nightspots close from 2 - 4 AM. The wide variety of bars, discos/
nightclubs and restaurants will ensure that you are never bored and give you
opportunities to meet up with fellow expats.

AROUND
There is no bus system as such. The city is small and most journeys take less than
15 minutes. Driving in the city can be hazardous, as the laws of the road are not
always observed. Traffic is heavy, especially at peak periods. Most people travel by
motorbike (100cc). Taxis are very cheap. The first two kilometres cost about
12,000VND. Motorbike taxis are even cheaper and often used by foreigners.
(5,000VND for a short trip.)
(1 USD = 15,400 VND)

OUTSIDE
Roads in the city and between major centres are generally good, but travel to
smaller locations can often be time consuming and a little difficult. Cheap and
relatively comfortable bus services are available between the main cities. There are
flights to most cities and resorts.

"HO CHI MINH VILLE"

CYBER PLACES
Hong Hoa Hotel (honhoarr@hcm.vnn.vn)
250 De Tham, D.1 (tel: 848-8361915)
Tarif : 600 dongs/min.
Imprimante NB: 2000 dongs/page
Cafe 333 (hueng@hcm.vnn.vn)
201 De Tham, D.1 (tel: 848-8360205)
Tarif: 600 dongs/min.
Imprimante NB: 1000 dongs/page
Internet Service Center (vmax110@hcm.vnn.vn)
110 Bui Thi Xuan, D.1 (tel: 848-8300317)
Tarif: 600 dongs/min.
Imprimante: NB 1000 dongs/page, aussi une
imprimante couleur 600DPI
Scanner couleur: 7000 dongs/image
Location de PC offline: 6000 dongs/heure (min.1h)

Internet Service Center 2 (vmax110@hcm.vnn.vn)
271 Pham Ngu Lao, D.1 (tel: 848-8371938)
Prix: 600 dongs/min.
Imprimante: NB 1000 dongs/page
Scanner couleur: 7000 dongs/image
Location de PC offline: 6000 dongs/heure (min.1h)

HANOI
- Plusieurs cafes ou les voyageurs arrangent des
circuits offrent le service Internet.
Queen Cafe
65 Hang Bac, (tel: 260860)
Tarif: 800 dongs/min.,
imprimante NB et scanner disponibles.
Emotion Cafe (emotion@ftp.vn)
52 Ly Thuong Kiet (tel: 9341066)
Tarif: 800 dongs/min.,
imprimante et scanner disponibles.

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