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What to expect when advance booking hotel in Hanoi

  • EdwardTrunk

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    I'm hoping soon to book a modest hotel room in Hanoi for 3 days - long in advance, since we're going there fairly soon after Tet. But will Hanoi hotels ask me to hand over debit card details in order to book? I won't use cards overseas for anything but ATMs and I usually bring $ cash for things like paying hotels. What is the norm in Vietnam for making hotel bookings like this? Grateful for any advice.

    #1 Posted: 16/10/2013 - 17:13

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    Hi Edward,

    I prebooked hotels several times in Vietnam (normally when I was going to be arriving in town late, and didn't want the hassle of schlepping around town trying to find a room at 10 at night) and none of the hotels asked me to pay a deposit, or provide a credit card or debit card to hold the room. So no, I think you'll be fine making a reservation without handing over your bank card number. If a hotel asks for one, just find another hotel.

    Have fun!

    #2 Posted: 18/10/2013 - 01:57

  • EdwardTrunk

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    Thanks very much, that's helpful. I'm seeing attempts for advance payment on hotel websites but I'll be firm about this!

    #3 Posted: 21/10/2013 - 07:09

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