Only for true budget hunters
You'll find some of the cheapest rooms in Hanoi at the Thu Giang Guesthouse, but you need to be prepared to get what you pay for.
The entrance feels more like someone’s front room than a hotel, with cooking smells to boot, and rooms are tucked away up narrow stairs, have the smallest beds we’ve seen, no other furniture, and could do with a coat of paint. The bathrooms are tiny and the cheapest rooms have an outside bath, which you may have to share. That said, it’s clean enough and we’ve had positive reports about the staff, and the front room has a balcony that juts out over the laneway; it's a true Asian experience to hang out on it. If you’re on your own but don’t want the dorm experience it’s as cheap as you’ll get. They’ve opened a second place on Hang Dieu, where there’s also a dorm room at $3 a bed.
By Sarah Turner
Last updated on 13th March, 2014.