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HEATED accomodation: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay

  • suecatwoman

    Joined Travelfish
    18th February, 2008
    Posts: 4

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Not too sure why the term "heated" is so absurd here..I hear it's the coldest winter in 30 years but surely heat can't be this hard to come by. Does anyone know any HEATED places to stay in Hanoi or companies that do treks to Sapa & Halong bay with HEATED accommodation? As inexpensive as possible...

    Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 18/2/2008 - 23:04

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  • CatBa

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2007
    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    The word 'heat' might seem strange when applied to a 'tropical' country but it is part of the enigma that is VietNam.

    The southern part of VietNam is truly 'tropical' with two monsoon periods. The centre has unique weather conditions and the north is a temperate climate - much like Europe.

    Unless you have lived in buildings with no heating systems, or heating that are inadequate, you will not appreciate just how penetrating even temperatures in the the thirties and forties Celsius can be: especially if you do not have adequate clothing.

    Many of the older hotels in Ha Noi, particularly in the Old Quarter, lack heating systems period and the newer hotels have minimal heating capabilities but just enough to make life bearable.

    The trains and buses are usually OK (especially the used buses imported from freezing Korea).

    The hotels in Sa Pa usually have heating sources.

    BE AWARE THAT SOME HEATERS USED EMIT NOXIOUS FUMES THAT CAN POISON YOU - *ALWAYS* leave your room windows open a 'crack'.

    As a last resort, remember that the minorities sleep in housing that is even less adequate to ward off the heat.

    Use layers of T-shirts to keep warm.

    #2 Posted: 20/2/2008 - 21:21

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