How to relax in Vietnam (Hanoi) as cheaply as possible
Tourists have chosen Vietnam not so long ago, there was no such influx before, the streets were calm and not crowded. The most interesting resort is Hanoi. In order not to overpay for travel agencies that earn almost half of the cost of the trip you need to purchase tickets yourself. The cheapest prices are in the period May-August, then there are not many tourists and you can relax and save a lot of money. It is better to start searching for airline tickets for the month to have a good choice and keep track of discounts and promotions. Remember that flights with transfers are much cheaper, so you can save about $ 50. The less comfort – the lower the cost of the ticket.
Arriving at the airport of Hanoi, there will be a question about transport. You can use buses, taxis, motorbike taxis or rickshaw services. The cheapest form of transportation is the last. You will have to pay $ 5 per hour, but you can bargain and reduce the price to 4. Calculation is done per minute, that is, in 15 minutes you give back a dollar and not a cent more. As soon as the auto rickshaw moves away, it starts the stopwatch on the handlebars of the bicycle and announces the cost of the trip upon arrival.
It is better to stay in hotels that are located near Hoan Kiem Lake. This is the center, there is constant traffic, shops, clubs, cafes and main attractions. You can feel the spirit of Vietnam and get acquainted with its culture. In the non-holiday season, you can rent a room for only $ 20 (without meals). A more economical and less comfortable option is hostels. Hostels in Hanoi cost from 4 to 10 dollars per day. There are all conditions – a bed, shower, toilet, kitchen. washing machine and wifi. Do not worry when tourists check in – the administrator asks for a passport and returns it only at the time of eviction from the hotel. Therefore, you must think in advance and make photocopies of all important documents.
When deciding on a place of residence – you need to think about transport. You can rent a car with a driver (tourists cannot get a car without it), a motorcycle, a scooter, a moped or a bicycle. It is clear that the cheapest transport is a bicycle. Rent ranges from 2 to 5 dollars per day, depending on the brand and year of issue.
The cost of excursions in agencies ranges from 50 to 15 dollars. It all depends on time and distance from the center. You can buy a tourist guide and travel to the memorable places of the city yourself, but for so long and not very interesting. It is much better – to find someone from the local and agree. Many residents earn so much money, and in order to make it easier to find such people, they paste ads around the city. Negotiable price, but not more than 5 dollars. for the attraction. What is the feature and plus of this option? Local residents will tell not just dry facts, but stories and legends of different places. Most people in Hanoi speak good English and speak English, so there will be no problem.
You can eat in small cafes or dining rooms. This question is also better to ask the local population. But, do not buy ready-made food in the market, most often it is cooked in conditions of complete unsanitary conditions. It is much better to buy products and cook yourself, so there will be confidence in quality and freshness. You can eat normally for $ 15-20 a day.
Things and souvenirs are better and cheaper to buy in the markets. In Vietnam, there are subsidiary workshops where they sew the real Adidas and Nike, but you can only buy the original in the store. Although the price difference will be noticeably noticeable – the goods were not transported, reevaluated and did not pay customs duty. Even in the vicinity there is a factory of ceramic dishes, carpet, woven items and accessories. You can bargain, but not much. Nobody will yield more than 30%, and even then it is necessary to make efforts to convince the seller that his goods are bad and not worth that kind of money. Things cost from $ 2. You can buy a beautiful bamboo dress and jeans for just $ 6. It is also worth going to the villages on the outskirts of the city to see how they make silk, clay figurines, dishes or furniture. Magnets and small figurines are not expensive – from 2 to 8 dollars. At 30 you can buy gifts for all relatives.