Ngoc Mai Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

7-17-27 Cua Dong, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi Four Seasons Hotel
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 69% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families100
  • Couples50
  • Solo100
  • Business100

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One Pillar Pagoda,Ba Dinh District,Ha Noi,Vietnam.One Pillar Pagoda,Ba Dinh District,Ha Noi,Vietnam.

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Inside "Great House of Ceremonies"Inside "Great House of Ceremonies"

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Halong Bay to Me Linh/Hanoi

by Tony94116

I'm taking a cruise with a short stop at Halong Bay and would like to find out if it's possible, timewise, to travel by car to Me Linh/Hanoi, formerly Me Linh/ Vinh Phuc, at 10:30am and return to Halong Bay by 5:30pm the same day. Please help!

Re: Halong Bay to Me Linh/Hanoi

by thuyphan

Don't waste your time. It takes you around 8 hours or even more on bus to Halong from Hanoi. Count your time you have, from 10:30am to 5:30pm, totally have 7 hours.
Even if you get to Halong at 10:30 am, you will have very little time to see full of Halong.You'd rather take another chance.

Re: Halong Bay to Me Linh/Hanoi

by mikeinvietnam

I don't see how it can take 8 hours to Ha Long from Ha Noi. We did in vans and tour buses in under 3 hours. Maybe about 2 1/2 hour.

Re: Halong Bay to Me Linh/Hanoi

by mikeinvietnam

But even a 2 1/2 trip would make it 5 hours round trip. Only gives you one hour at the most visit your destination.

Re: Halong Bay to Me Linh/Hanoi

by thuyphan

I still remember it because I've just taken a tour on October. nearly 4 hours (with 30mins for break). Halong is 170km far from Hanoi, and the average speed is no more then 60km per hour.
Anyway, there's no way when taking such a short tour.

Travel Tips for Hanoi

Money Matters - Prevailing Exchange Rate @ Airport

by arni_ph075

The foreign exchange at the airport gives reasonable rate, in comparison to the hotels in the city. The 2 foreign exchange counter at the arrival area of Noi Bai have almost same conversions..

As of October 6, 2006 this is the money exchange:
1. USD (1,2,5,10,20$) 16,015 dong
2. USD (50,100$) 16,035 dong
3. Japan Yen 132.73 dong
4. Australian Dollar 11,648 dong
5. Canadian Dollar 13,814 dong
6. Great Britain Pounds 29,365 dong
7. Singapore Dollar 9,877 dong
8. Euros 19,858 dong
9. Hongkong Dollar 2,003 dong
10. Thai Baht 409.21 dong

Ask the cashier to give you on small denomination, as having 100,000 dong is hard to use for payments on small purchases.


by Nhiki

This was a fantastic experience with many different people there. From Hanoi tourists can reach the Huong Pagoda by taking a car to Ben Đuc, the entrance of Huong Son Range in My Duc district, Ha Tay province. From there they take a boat along Yen spring.
If you travel in the early morning when there is still fog, you feel as if you were in paradise. It is interesting that the water of Yen sping is very clear, but its wharf is named Đục, which means muddy. So when tourists ask why, residents explain that their ancestors wished to allude to their belief that before starting the trip to the pagoda, the souls of visitors are muddy. They become clean during the boat trip to the pagoda.
During the trip you can see Yen spring with the green of rice fields on both banks, trees that provide a blaze of red flowers and the twinkling mountains and hills beyond. Along the stream are mountains with the shape of the mythical dragon, kylin and tortoise. This way leads to Cho Quay, the waterway's terminal, where Cho Pagoda stands. From the quay pilgrims can walk about 5km on a mountain path to Huong Pagoda or they just can take the lift.

The Huong Pagoda Festival, Vietnam's biggest religious festival, lasts from the sixth day of the first to the third Lunar month (around end of January to April).

Cheap shopping for drink and foodstuffs.

by bcatton about Intimex.

This Intimex is quite easy to find. Just head across to the other side of the road from Hoan Kiem Lake on Le Thai To, go down the alley.
Just before you enter there is a desk where you must leave any bag with the attendant. You will be given a ticket with a number on it. Your bag is then put in one of the lockers. It is completely safe to do this. Don't lose your ticket for you will need it to get your bag back! Bottled water, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate. Other general foodstuff. Water 2L; (depending on brand) about 7,000 VND.
Pepsi can; 4,500 VND. Pepsi 2L; 10,000 VND.

Water Puppet Show

by imstress about Water Puppet Show

The last puppet show starts at 8pm and ticket has to be purchased by 7.30pm.

If you wish to take pics, buy the 1st class ticket for 40,000 VND. The gift includes a CD of the tunes played during the show.

Take the fan as a souvenier and a broucher after you climb the steps to the theater. It will tell you every scence of the show.

The show is in Vietnamese so you will have to just see the action of the puppet and listen to the singing and musicians that are performing live on the extreme left of the stage.

I thought it would be quite boring to listen to people singing in a foreign language and see just some puppets moves.

But when I was there, it was so entertaining and well worth the 40,000 VND that I have paid (2nd row seats). causal

Get your own swan!

by shrimp56

These looked sooo tempting -- but there was so much to see and ... obviously you can rent a swan, here on West Lake, and enjoy a slow paddle around. The place where you can rent these is very near Tran Quoc Pagoda.


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