BACKPACKER INDEX: US$15.85
Hanoi hotel prices
The high season tends to be during the pleasant winter months, but the city also gets busy during summer vacation season. Generally speaking, hotel prices don’t change too much from one season to the next. You might save $5 per night in low season at budget places, and a bit more at 3-star and up hotels.
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The capital of Vietnam is still far more traditional than the larger Saigon in the south. There aren’t a lot of must-see sites, but the pleasant (though chaotic) city center makes up for that, with excellent food and drink at very low prices.
Most of the cheaper hotels are right in the Old City, and more up-market hotels tend to be in the nicer suburbs to the south and west. Standards are higher than you might expect, and many places have free Wi-Fi in the lobby or even in all the rooms.
Attractions cost almost nothing by Western standards, so your sightseeing budget goes a long way. As long as you avoid an organized bus tour then you can get by on a tiny budget. The popular overnight trips to Halong Bay and multi-day trips to Sapa can range in price greatly, and often the cheap versions are great, though it’s always a bit of a crapshoot.
Local food is extremely cheap by most standards, with full meals in tourist restaurants usually costing between US$2 and 3, with cold beer adding around $1 each. Other alcohol is more expensive, but still cheap compared to most places.
Hanoi attraction prices
|Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)||This French-built prison is where John McCain, among others, did time during the Vietnam/American war.||Adults||0.95|
|Water Puppet Theater||This one-hour show is one of the city's top attractions.||Best seats||4.74|
|Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (free)||See the great leader's preserved body while walking through this popular tomb.||Everyone|
Hanoi Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||16.59 - 18.01|
|Vietnam Airlines airport shuttle||1.90|
|3km taxi ride in Hanoi||2.37 - 3.79|
|3km moto-taxi ride in Hanoi||0.71 - 0.95|
Hanoi food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Pho (noodle soup) is cheap and everywhere for breakfast, but many Western options are available.||0.95 - 2.37|
|Budget lunch||Local Vietnamese specialties are cheapest||1.90 - 3.79|
|Budget dinner||Food at street stalls is cheap, but these prices are for sit-down restaurants||2.84 - 4.74|
|Bia hoi (fresh local beer)||The cheapest beer in the world has around 3% alcohol and tastes watery, but refreshing||0.12 - 0.19|
|Large bottled beer||Tiger, Hanoi, Saigon (all good lagers)||0.57 - 1.19|
|Bowl of pho soup||The most popular dish in the city, available everywhere around the clock||0.71 - 1.42|
|Fast food meal||Burger, fries, and soft drink at Lotteria chain||2.28|
|Vodka (.75L bottle)||Vodka Hanoi is one of the better local vodkas and it's easy to find in several sizes. It's good stuff and much cheaper than foreign brands.||2.37 - 3.32|
|Bahn Mi (Baguette sandwich)||A great and cheap meal is a large baguette filled with some fresh cheese or pate or fried egg plus veggies, which can be found street-side all over Hanoi.||0.71 - 0.95|
|Fresh fruit shake||Banana, mango, and many more fresh fruits are made into shakes and on every menu.||0.71 - 0.95|
Hanoi Miscellaneous costs
|Marlboro cigarettes||Local smokes are even cheaper||0.71 - 1.19|
|Bottled water (1.5L)||Safe bottled water is available everywhere, though a few places try to charge well over the going price.||0.33 - 0.47|
|Laundry (1Kg)||Cheaper hotels only add a little to the price for fluff and fold service that is found all over. Expensive hotels add a lot more.||0.71 - 0.95|
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|Airports||Noi Bai International (HAN)|
Avg temps & precip
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It’s nearly always humid in Hanoi, but of course that doesn’t matter much during the cooler winter months. Temperatures and conditions can vary drastically from one day to the next, especially during winter. Even the so-called “dry” season is usually fairly humid, though it doesn’t rain much, and during the “wet” months starting in June it can rain buckets and cause local flooding.
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