Hanoi is a must-visit destination in Vietnam and below we will show you how to make the most of your trip with a low budget.
Le Hong Thai homestay (Source: Internet)
Want to enjoy the most of Hanoi without spending too much of your hard earned money? We will show you how.
Fly with budget airlines
Vietjet-a Vietnam budget airline (Source: Internet)
The time when the only choice for long-haul flights between continents is to fly with the expensive major airlines is long gone; now is the era of budget carriers.
Budget airlines are booming in Asia and Europe with a wide range of choices that enable you to fly anywhere you want in the world even with a tight budget. Some of the household names are Norwegian airlines, WOW air, and AirAsia; so browse their websites and Facebook pages often and subscribe to the newsletter to have the heads-up for upcoming cheap flights. They may not take you directly to Hanoi but you can always transit in some major cities, have layovers and hop on a plane to Vietnam capital city. You think layovers are boring? In this article, we will show you how to make the most of it.
When you are in Asia, go for Vietnam airlines or Vietjet air for cheap flights to Hanoi. The former is the Vietnam national carrier which offers decent service; the latter is famous for having both domestic and international no-fare tickets, you just need to pay the taxes.
Go for cheap accommodation
Hanoi has plenty of budget hotels, hostels, and homestays for you to choose from; here is our pick of the best ones:
Y Lan guesthouse: this is the most authentic homestay in Vietnam facing a 150-year-old family temple. You can find it at number 29, Hai Ba Trung Street, doubles from 30 USD.
Maison d’Orient Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Maison d’Orient: This place is full of bamboo handcrafted furniture, lacquer lamps, and French colonial armchairs. It is also surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the city. Address: number 29, Ngo Huyen alley, Hang Trong Street, doubles from 25 USD B&B.
Maison d’Hanoi Hanova: This hotel is the fusion of the Indochina architecture and a modern touch. It is perfect for shopaholic thanks to its proximity to Hang Gai, the famous shopping street. Address: 35-37 Ma May, Hang Buom Street, doubles from 135 USA 3 nights B&B, doubles from 76 USD per night including breakfast.
Le Hong Thai homestay: It used to be an old stilted house set in a mini bonsai garden in Long Bien District. Its owner is an artist and you will find his works on the homestay walls. Address: 437 Ngoc Thuy, Long Bien.
Hanoi Backpacker’s hostel: plenty of dorm rooms and some private rooms with individual electricity sockets; pool table, computer zone, bar football and sun terrace for recreation. This backpacker-friendly hostel has everything you may need. Address: 48 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem and 9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem; dorms from 6.5 USD, double from 42 USD B&B.
Dine at the Old Quarter
Beef noodle soup (Source: Internet)
The Old Quarter is the street food hub of Hanoi and here is the list of restaurants that offer cheap yet delicious dishes:
Pho Bat Dan (49 Bat Dan Street), 50.000 VND/bowl, open from 6 a.m-10 a.m and 6.30 p.m to 8 p.m.
Bun cha Hang Manh (1 Hang Manh), 45.000 VND/dish.
Bun Dau (37 Lo Su, Hoan Kiem), 20.000 VND/dish, open from 9 a.m to 22.30 p.m.
Mien luon (87 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem), 55.000 VND/bowl, open 6.30 a.m to 8.30 p.m.
Mi van than (22 Hang Phen, Hoan Kiem), 39.000 VND/bowl, open from 7 a.m to 22 p.m
As tourist scammers are rampant in Hanoi, remember to make sure you know the fare before getting on any motorbike or car.
Public buses are the cheapest means of transport to get around; a standard ticket costs 7.000 VND but communication might get confusing as most drivers cannot speak English.
Traveling to Vietnam by bus is the cheapest way for visitors (Source: Internet)
Meter taxi is a traditional and popular mean to go wherever you want. Bear in mind that you need to bargain the fare with the driver before getting on the car. If you two cannot reach an agreement, just say thanks and walk away.
Uber and Grab are getting popular in Vietnam for their convenience; however, if you cannot speak Vietnamese or have someone who can with you, you might get into trouble booking one since there are not many drivers can speak English.
A cheap trip to Hanoi is possible if you know where to stay and what to eat. hanoitravelreviews hope that those tips will come in handy when you decide to pay a visit to the hectic capital of Vietnam.