Trung Nam Hai 1 Hotel

27 Phu Doan Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Trung Nam Hai Hotel
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Forum Posts

How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by samtin


I will be in Hanoi for a couple of nights on business sometime in mid-late August and I am thinking of extending my stay a night or so to see something of the city (as I am travelling from UK probably via Singapore) but I was not sure how easy or safe it would be for a single woman travelling alone to see some of the sights. I don't speak any Vietnamese or much French. Has anyone any suggestions about what to do/see safely alone? I am interested in culture, history, gardens, temples and maybe a bit of shopping. I don't know yet where I will be staying as my company is making the travel arrangements for me.


Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by seagypsy

Reommend a self-guided tour/walk around the Old Quarter (lots of shopping in this area and don't miss Silk/Hang Gai Street) and also nearby Hoan Kiem Lake and a visit to the Ethnology Museum. That's already a full day.

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by JonnyVN

Question asked a few times in this forum. Vietnam is very safe, so don't worry about that, going around London scares the crap out of me in comparison.
Getting around Hanoi is easy, first it's a very small city and there's a lot of taxis, xe oms and compared to saigon, you can walk alot

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by JohanIsWeg

Yep, I agree. Saw many single females on the tourist path all the way from Saigon to Hanoi and heard no "nasty" stories. They all seemed to be fine and having a wonderful time. Obviously employ necessary crime prevention strategies to minimise your "target" profile, as you'd do most anywhere in the world.

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by samtin

Thank you everyone. That sounds very encouraging.


Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by daawgon

I feel safer in Hanoi than I do in the USA. Be sure to book Hanoikids free tours - college kids practicing their English

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by GlobeTrekr

Agree with others, Vietnam is very safe. My wife and I loved Hanoi and also saw many single female travelers throughout all of Vietnam. In Hanoi, the old quarter is great to wander around as is Hoa Kiem lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square in the center of town. Don't forget to have Pho Bo!

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by JohanIsWeg

Yes! Or Pho Bo Tai if you like the beef to cook in your broth!

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by locbuuloc

To John. Have you been to "Pho Hung" restaurant in Sunny Bank where there is a Asian shopping center with lots of restaurants. Mate they have really yummy Pho. Go there and try and you will see. D.I.Y wrapping thing with rice paper and beef or pork or chicken is another yummy dish. For Starter, try the beef with ginger sauce and prawn crackers. OMG it is so delicious.

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by JohanIsWeg

Loc, thanks for the heads-up, mate! Have not been there but will definitely go and try the Pho Bo Tai.

Re: How easy/safe is travel around Hanoi for single woman traveller?

by locbuuloc

yeah, mate. Trust me, I am Vietnamese and when it comes to Vietnamese food, I am very picky and difficult. LOL. I live in Gold Coast where there are few Vietnamese restaurants but I would say Vietnamese restaurants around Brisbane are more authentic and better than the ones down here. I can't wait for the trip in September back home to visit my parents and eat lots of Vietnamese food. LOL. Try Pho Hung restaurant. There are 2 Vietnamese restaurants there. They are both offering really good Pho. I can't remember the other one's name but try Phu Hung first. Small bowl $.7.50, M. $8.50 and L. $9.50. Ask them to show you the bowl sizes. You gotta go there JOhan. Sorry in the previous post, I called you John. Sorry.

Travel Tips for Hanoi

Trekking Photography

by SumTingWong

When you are trekking around northern Vietnam you must have a camera, but also understand that you may be forced to give up the prefect shot because you have to ask. You should ALWAYS ask before taking pictures of the local people. Most of the time there will be no problem, but sometimes they may shake their heads no, or expect some small monetary reward (a few hundred or so dong). To ask just motion to your camera and they will understand.

B-52 Lake

by Blatherwick

There isn't much to see here other than the remainder of the undercarriage of a B-52 sitting in the lake. However, the location of the wreckage, in an ordinary neighborhood, somehow provides a more concrete connection to the events of the 60s and 70s. This plane was shot down during the Christmas raids on December 19, 1972. There's a partly submerged memorial plaque here with the usual "Dien Bien Phu in the air" inscription. The site is 1 km west of Uncle Ho's mausoleum along Hoang Hoa Tham Road. You then turn south into of the alley, Lane 55, where a handwritten sign reading B-52 with an arrow points the way.

Pretty Lady

by neurochic about Bao Thanh

While in Hanoi, if you are a girl, you must be fitted for one of the traditional Vietnamese dresses called an Ao Dai (Ao Zai in the South). It is a beautiful dress made out of silks and makes a very nice exotic evening outfit when you return back to the States or your home wherever it may be. I bought my Ao Dai at this shop and found that their prices and selection were more reasonable than many of the other shops that I visited. Don't pay more than $20 for one of these dresses or you are getting ripped off. This street has many different seamstress shops that will be able to accomodate you. I found that the Ao Dai in the North of Vietnam was much more intricate and you could get more designs in velvets and other cold weather garb that you couldn't get in the South where the Ao Zai there tended to be more lightweight. You need at least 48 hours to have your garment be ready for you.

Animated Water Play

by bpacker about Water Puppet Theater

Now, if you're thinking that a Sesame Street Veteran like yourself can afford to give this a miss, you're likely to kick yourself in the butt. Yes pal, this ain't no Jim-Henson esque puppetry stuff on telly. Nope, it's pure animated viagra on water. And best of all, it's accompanied by a live soundtrack.

Listen to how a "Dan Bau" ( string instrument ) is plucked for the mew of a cat or how a "Sao" ( wind instrument ) is blown to imitate the cries of a bird. Quite fascinating really.
As for puppeteers, they don't breathe underwater in snorkels but stand cleverly behind a faux temple.For your entertainment sake, those chaps stand waist deep in cold, air-conditioned water , giving life to the puppets.
So are you game? Click here for more pictures.

1)Go for the first class tickets. You'll get a better view. The cost is 40,000D for seats at the front+CD recording of music played.
2)Phan Thai hotel does the booking free for you!
3)Three shows a day at 5.15 pm, 6.30 pm and 8 pm Counter closes at 6.45 pm to 7.30 pm

Taxi from Airport to French Quarter

by Ewingjr98

It is a long, 45 minute drive from the Hanoi airport to the center of the city. Grab a taxi at the airport and negotiate the price before you leave. There is a toll on the road from the airport to the city. Our driver tried to make us pay 3 times the toll amount. When we refused he tried to make us pay only the exact amount of the toll. Since we had negotiated with him for $10, all inclusive ride to the city, we refused this as well. We just told him to pull over an let us out... he changed his mind and took us to the city for our original price.


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