vietnam! hanoi!

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1. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

hello guys. i have never been to vietnam. i was thinking between ho chi minh and hanoi, where i wanna go. i wanted to go to HCM, but tickets was 80 bucks more expensive, though not a lot, im just a student! so i kind of decided to go to hanoi. but wanna hear some comments?

and besides that, for those who have been to hanoi, any hostels to recommend? and how safe is it for a girl to go over there, or even for 2 girls?

thanks all!

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3582 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Huishan,
I liked both HCMC & HaNoi. Plenty to do in each city. Go with HaNoi and visit HCMC on another trip. I have several suggestions on where to stay. The Real Darling Cafe at 33 Hang Quat is OK. Has a dorm for $3/nite. Can't get much cheaper than that! I had a single room with shower/TV for $6/nite. Basic, but was good enough. How much time are you going to be in your room anyway? It was quiet on the top floor and that is all I cared about. The HaNoi Backpackers Hostel is just 2 blocks from Real Darling Cafe. Walk up from Hang Non on Hang Manh, it is in a small alley on your right. Dorms beds are $7.50/nite. Has female only dorm. I would rather have my own room/bath for less $s, so I passed on the hostel. On Hang Non, there are several next to each other: Prince and Wing Hotels. Nothing special, but OK for $8/nite. Most of the budget places are the same. Narrow & steep. Lot of stairs to climb everyday. You do want to stay in the old quarter. Use Hoan Kiem Lake as your reference point. Many of HaNoi's sights are walking distance or a cheap moto ride away from the lake. Every hotel/hostel is also a travel shop. No problem booking tours or getting advice on what to see. Get a price from your hotel, then compare. Prices to HaLong Bay for example, can vary considerable.
I paid $21 for 1 day, talked to others on the boat that paid $30. Shop around.

VN is not as safe as Singapore, very few places are. But you should not worry about crime. You will get overcharged and pestered to buy something by the vendors, but your safety is not an issue. VN runs a pretty tight ship as well and has very little crime against visitors. Just use your common sense and make yourself a difficult target for theft. Have an undergarmet pouch for your money, passport, bank cards, etc. Lock your bag when leaving the room, use the front desk for valuables rather than your room. It is always safer to have a someone along rather than being alone. There is safety in numbers. You will find others to sightsee with if you are the least bit outgoing. Or take tours, you automatically have others to chat with and share the experience. Best way to see the sights, IMO.

I have heaps of VN photos in my gallery. Send me a PM if you have specific questions. Have a great trip.