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Hanoi in 3 days

Posted by Mia on 6/3/2006 at 01:04


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?

Many thanks!

#1 Mia has been a member since 5/3/2006. Posts: 11

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/3/2006 at 08:52 admin

Hi Mia,

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
Hanoi Hilton
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.

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062

Posted by Mia on 8/3/2006 at 22:21


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

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