I will be travelling to Hanoi for 3 days 3 nights, in May. My accomodation is not arranged, I have no intentions of making pre-booked activities till I arrive there. Here I am having a few questions, hoping to find some answers for my planning.
1. My flight arrives at 1920hrs on a Friday. Upon arrival, any suggestions for what to do from that time onwards?
2. I am looking to stay at Hanoi Guesthouse. As far as i've read, it seems to be quite popular among travellers. I am looking to stay at a guesthouse that is charming styled with character, at a good location and reasonably cheap. My budget is $15 or below. Any recommendations?
3. I have the preference of staying relaxed and soaking up the local culture, in comparison to, trying to fit all the 'must dos/sees' in the short 3 days stay. Of course, if time permits, some activities would be nice. Are there any suggestions for an itinerary in this case?
4.i read abit about Halong Bay. Can i ask if it is worth taking just a day trip there? If i'm not asking too much, can i ask to hear any first-hand experiences or good sights at Halong Bay?
5. I understand that the visit of the Perfume Pagoda is time consuming, I am intending to skip that. However, I have also read about the wonderful experience of the boat ride to the Perfume Pagoda, as the scenery is peaceful and magnificent. Has anyone done a boat ride on a sampan at Hanoi or around, other than going to the Perfume Pagoda?
#1 Mia has been a member since 5/3/2006. Posts: 11
Welcome to Travelfish!
1) If you're arriving at 19:20, you probably won't be in town till 20:00-20:30, so find a room, eat and sleep!
2) I'm not familiar with Hanoi Guesthouse, but can highly recommend the family-run Tung Trang Hotel.
3) If you're just there for three days, I'd recommend:
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Wander around Hoan Kiem Lake as much as you can
For food, check out Sticky Rice -- an excellend Hanoi food blog.
4) If you're never going to be in Hanoi again, thena one-day trip to Halong Bay is better than nothing, but a two or three day trip is far better -- the vast bulk of people visit on an organised tour.
5) Near Hanoi, I think Perfume Pagoda is your only option... while it is a pleasant trip -- imagine a sampan traffic jam for a better idea of what it can be like.
thank you for your recommendations, will definitely take that into consideration. While those are some good inputs, if there are anymore suggestions or adventures to recommend, I will be grateful take in more advice anytime! By the way, how safe or unsafe for a lady to travel alone in Asia?
#3 Mia has been a member since 5/3/2006. Posts: 11