Hanoi was not an expensive city to visit. In fact, even though we stayed there for more than a week, we spent well beneath our budget and was even able to squeeze in an expensive and indulgent (but truly enjoyable) afternoon at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel and some shopping. This is my budget guide for Hanoi and this post accompanies my Weekend in Hanoi post. Advertisements
From many guide books/blogs, I always read about the 36 Streets of Hanoi, which make up the Old Quarter. Every day, for eight days, we walked the Old Quarter, from east to west, north to south, and we almost did not walk on the same street ever. I was counting up to 36 streets, and I was ready to conclude that the guide books are lying. There are no 36 streets. The Old Quarter is a maze and there are a hundred streets!
One of the reasons why we moved from Patpong area to Chinatown during our stay in Bangkok was to be nearer the Hua Lamphong State Railway station. But another sub-ulterior reason was I wanted to be near a real neighborhood — a place where people gather together at night to talk about their day — and Chinatown (Yaowaraj) was that.
Chiang Mai is a city bursting with tourists (but not in an overrated way). The city does its tourism management so well that, despite knowing there are many tourists, it did not feel crowded at all. Because Chiang Mai attracts millions of tourists in any given year, finding accommodation is not difficult. But choosing the right for us proved more difficult than anticipated because there were so many to choose from!
My husband and I live in a tiny apartment in the city. When my family comes to visit, we do not mind how cramped it gets but it does get uncomfortable at times. So the last time my family visited, we decided to look for a bigger place. My sister suggested we go to a hotel with a swimming pool but I thought it would be expensive, so we decided to check AirBnB especially after we were very satisfied with our booking in Melaka. In Cebu, we found several good places but we wanted some place where we will have access to a swimming pool because our nephews are water babies and a place very near the center of the city and the port. We were glad we were able to chance upon MC/Hatena’s one-bedroom unit at the Spianada.
Layang-layang Guesthouse was one of the many gems I found in Melaka. This was my first time to book with AirBnB, and my first time was great! The search in AirBnB started when I could not find a good hotel in the city that was within our budget, which was P500 to P600 per night per person. I settled with Layang-layang among the numerous options because I liked their photographs in the AirBnB web site.