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I believe that travellers will read a lot (both positive things and negative things) before travelling to Vietnam. Your research beforehand will help you identify the common scams and things to take note.

Part 1: Taxi Scam

Taxi scams are prevalent in Vietnam, especially in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. It’s easy to find the stories about tourists being overcharged or extorted for sky-high fares all over the internet. In Vietnam, illegal taxi drivers have so many tricks up their sleeve, especially when it comes to foreigners being the customers. The easiest way is to use a modified meter, which runs faster than normal ones; thus allows unscrupulous taxi drivers to rapidly increase the fare. The longer the trip is, the more money they can rip off travelers. In addition, they usually take longer paths, which they call “shortcuts” but in fact are circling around to maximize the fare. Sometimes, taxi drivers can offer tourists some good places to go, just to later on ask for tips. However most of this information can easily be found through post office, maps or from the internet.

Here are the ways of sophisticated scams which taxi driver often use:

– Get money by cheating charge per kilometer

– Use the cheating tricks to increase the counted number on the taxi meter

– Do not use the taxi meter

– Driving around on the multiple routes which are not right with roadmap to increase the distance between staring point and your destination.

– Demanding more your gratuities.

In order to avoid all the troubles with the taxi scams, I would like to provide you some advice:

1/ You should get a cab of trustworthy brands, like Mai Linh (the Green Taxi), Taxi Group, or Vinasun. They are usually in a good number and the price is reasonable which based on the kilometer clock.

2/ Ask a receptionist at your hotel to help. This is highly recommended! especially you use airport taxi without from the package tour with travel agency. Transportation is also an important part of the tour company, so you do not have to worry about the quality of car, driver and over-charge.

3/ If you use one of the local taxis, get agreement on the rate before you get in by pointing at the rates sign and getting a confirming nod. If the driver tries to charge you more upon arrival, do not pay. Also, so not pay any extras for the tolls/parking – that is all included.

4/ Please make sure you have the exact name and address of the hotel you are heading for, ideally written down in Vietnamese, and make it clear all share an address. If the driver takes you somewhere else you have two options: (1) get out and walk (2) refuse to pay until they take you where you want to go.

5/ Please make sure you have enough change on you. It’s a common trick for drivers to claim they don’t have any change. If they do this, pay less rather than more (if you have it) – no change, their problem, not yours.

When you finish your trip: Tipping for taxis is not expected in Vietnam. If a driver demands a tip, do not feel obliged to give him more money unless you feel that you want to reward him for his work. If you do give the driver a tip, 5-10% of the total bill is more than enough. Some instances have been reported where the taxi driver has withheld the customer’s luggage until receiving extra payment. It may be good practice to make sure the driver opens the trunk as soon as you arrive at your destination. Or if you travel in a group, let one person remove the luggage while other pays.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are victim of a scam, there are a few things you can do:

1/ The first is try to negotiate as much as you can – whatever their demand is, start with half and be as steadfast as you can.

2/ You can also try taking a photo of the taxi driver, car number or taxi number – that tends to intimidate them.

3/ In the event that you feel physically threatened, try to bluff and say you are calling the police or pay an amount that will also you to leave the situation. However, tourism is very important to the Vietnamese economy, Vietnamese people so it is highly unlike that drivers will hurt tourists.

Have a safe trip!

 

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Located on the southwest slopes of the Kulen mountain, 25 km from the main Angkor group of monuments, Kbal Spean consists of a series of stone rock relief carvings in sandstone formations of the river bed and banks. It is commonly known as the  “Valley of a  1000 Lingas” or “The River of a Thousand Lingas”.To reach the river, you must trek through a well-worn path through the jungle for about 45 minutes. This was a bit of an arduous journey if you do your trip in the summer.

Road to Kbal Spean

Road to Kbal Spean- source: internet

There will be no craggy stone steps to climb up, but you should watch your steps cause there’re many roots crawling on the surface, looks like many snakes that make you trip up at any time.

Along the way, you will see many kinds of tropical plants and many jungle creatures. Stop for a while and you can hear the bird chirping, or can’t take your eyes off some flying butterflies, a hardworking spider is making a cobweb, or a numerous of the black ants are taking home with their food.

jungle creatures in Kbal Spean

jungle creatures in Kbal Spean- source: internet

There are also some interesting rocks looks like the giant mushroom. Under the rock are so many small wood sticks. Local people usually collect the sticks nearby and put them under the mushroom to let them dry.

Kbal Spean stream

Kbal Spean stream-source: internet

As soon as you feel hot and tired, the sounds of gurgling streams will give you extra motivation. Take some more steps and you will be awarded by the crystal water stream. The water is so fresh that you can see many carvings on the stone sculpted under. The motifs for stone carvings are mainly myriads of lingams of Hindu god Shiva, depicted as neatly arranged bumps that cover the surface of a sandstone bedrock, and lingam-yoni designs. There are also various Hindu mythological motifs, including depictions of the gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Rama, and Hanuman, as well as animals (cows and frogs).

Although the water is very clean, tourists are advised not to drink directly the water from the stream. You also shouldn’t step on foot on this are because it is supposed to be a sacred place.

Kbal Spean waterfall

Kbal Spean waterfall- source: internet

Follow the stream, you can see a small waterfall where you can standing under the cool water and enjoy the nature. Remember to bring dry clothes along if you have intended to be wet.

If you are a nature lover and would love a bit adventurous activity, the trip to Kbal Spean is an activity that should not be overlooked. You also can combine with a visit to Banteay Srei temple because these two locations is only 5km far.

When decide to come to Cambodia travel tours, don’t forget to grab a bottle of water for the trek. You should also bring some snacks or sweets as the trekking requires a lot of energy. Also, wearing comfortable clothes, sports shoes, a hat and applying the insect repellent. Follow a local guide to make sure you’re not got lost in the jungle.

Do you know what “lingas” means in the Khmer language? Let’s come to Kbal Spean and find the answer.

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Sapa is a lovely hill station town in the north Vietnam. This is a famous destination to local people and to worldwide travelers due to its outstanding scenery overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, the 3,143m-tall Phang Xi Pang peak and culture of hill tribes such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao inhabited around this area.

Sapa in Vietnam

Sapa in Vietnam- source: internet

Most of people visit Sapa mainly for doing the trekking to the villages including Lao Chai, Ta Van, Cat Cat… to explore the life of hill tribe people and to watch the beautiful scenery of the nature. Some spend time to relax in this town to enjoy the fresh air, the peace of Sapa and to taste the delicious Vietnamese or European-inspired cuisine…

Whatever the purpose is, Sapa is the perfect oasis that anyone should visit once in a lifetime.

Currently there are 2 ways to reach Sapa. The first way is by train and another way is by car transfer.

During several years working as a travel consultant, I have many clients need to give advice regarding the type of transportation they should choose for their trip to Sapa. Between car transfer and train, which is better and more convenient? Hence, I hope this post would give you some ideas for choosing the best vehicle for your trip.

1/ Train to Sapa

Actually there is no railway station in Sapa. The train only transfers you to the Lao Cai station which is about 38km (24 miles) from Sapa. From here, you will take a ride to the town which lasts about 50 mins.

There are both daytime and overnight train between Hanoi and Lao Cai but most of people choose to take the night train because you can spend this time for sleeping until you arrive to Sapa instead of wasting your whole day on the train without doing anything.

Air-conditioned soft sleepers, air-con hard sleepers, hard sleepers, air-con soft seats, soft seats, hard seats are available but I only recommend you to take the air-conditioned soft sleeping carriage coz it is much more comfortable than other carriages.

Normally all of the A/c soft sleeping carriage would have 4 berths with 2 upper berths and 2 lower berths. If you would like to save the cost, you may consider sharing the room with some other people but if you love a privacy space and you don’t want to hear the snore of a stranger, you should pay for the whole 4 berths to have your own room

Among a whole series of privately-run sleeping-cars for tourists, the best ones should be Victoria Express Train, Fanxipan Express, Sapaly Express, Livitrans and King Express.

Cabin in train to Sapa

Cabin in train to Sapa- source: internet

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King express

Victoria Express is currently the most expensive train to Lao Cai. The train is operated by the same branch hotel and resort Victoria Sapa and it is only for ones who stay in the resort.

The advantage of the Victoria Express is its modern and comfortable facilities enhanced in the room. Years before, Victoria Express is also the only express has dinning carriage but this service has been stopped several months ago.

The disadvantage of Victoria Express is it doesn’t provide service for people who don’t stay at the Victoria Resort and its price is twice time higher than the other trains. Also, this train doesn’t run on Saturday.

After Victoria Sapa, Fanxipan Express, King Express or Sapaly are also good options to Lao Cai.

For the best value, I always recommend my clients to travel with Fanxipan Express than with Victoria Express. The reasons are:

  • Without dining carriage, the comfort you will have in your room on the Victoria Sapa or the other trains are pretty the same. The train express operator are now improving their service day by day to make the customer satisfied and I am sure you will have the same experience even you are travel with Fanxipan or Victoria Express
  • The price of Fanxipan express is only at a half of Victoria Express. It should cost you 140USD to occupy a private room on Fanxipan but for Victoria Express, at the same price, you can only have a sharing room on the train.
  • Fanxipan Express runs daily while the Victoria doesn’t run on Saturday
  • The rest stop of Fanxipan is right opposite to the train station and there is always staff there to take you to the train.

In case Fanxipan Express is fully booked, you may consider to travel with alternative options such as King Express or Sapaly.

2/ Car transfer

In 2015, a new highway opened between Hanoi and Lao Cai shortens the drive to Sapa to 4 hours. In stead of taking the long night train in 8 hours, many people who don’t have much time in Vietnam have now chosen car transfer in order to visit within 2 days.

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Highway Hanoi – Lao Cai

If you could afford the price, you can use a private transfer. The price is about the same for taking the train on a private carriage otherwise, there are many bus from Sapa to Hanoi at the moment and you may consider taking the bus to save money.

Limousine Bus between Hanoi and Sapa

Limousine Bus between Hanoi and Sapa

The best ones should be the Limousine buses offer a maximum of 9 luxury soft seats to create a spacious and airy space for customers. Inside the bus, luxury interior and modern amenities such as LED TV, Wi-Fi, electricity sockets, cup holder, transport insurance is well appointed. The cost of a seat on the bus is at the same as a ticket on the night train. Resulting in short time transferring on the way, I think it’s fine for sharing the bus with other people. All the bus picks clients up at around 3.00P.m and you will return to Hanoi at around 8.—9.00P.m early enough to make sure you have a good night before the rest of your tour.

If you plan to do a trip to Sapa, I would only recommend you to use this highway to return back to Hanoi after tours in those mountainous regions and keep using the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai as the early morning arrival time is convenient to start exploring Sapa right away. However coming back to Hanoi by train made people wait at the train station of Lao Cai to arrive in Hanoi in the middle of the night with nowhere to go to rest or eat.

You can click: Vietnam cultural highlights  to get more information. Hope you have helpful information to arrange your transfer to Sapa.

 

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As on my last post about e-visa plan of Vietnamese Government, from 1 February of 2017, Vietnam will be on a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for foreign tourists visiting Vietnam.

Now, after one month on trial period, I am so happy to inform that tourists from 40 countries as below are eligible for applying E-visa in Vietnam:

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia
  4. Ireland
  5. Poland
  6. Belarus
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Brunei
  9. South Korea
  10. Germany
  11. Chile
  12. Colombia
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Cuba
  15. Denmark
  16. Timor Leste
  17. United States of America
  18. Hungary
  19. Greece
  20. Italy
  21. Kazakhstan
  22. Russia
  23. United Kingdom
  24. Luxembourg
  25. Myanmar
  26. Mongolia
  27. Japan
  28. Panama
  29. Peru
  30. Finland
  31. France
  32. The Philippines
  33. Romania
  34. Spain
  35. Sweden
  36. China (not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders)
  37. Uruguay
  38. Venezuela
  39. Norway
  40. Slovakia

All of these countries are considered to be the main market of Vietnam tourism industry by Government. However, in my point, there is one regrettable omission for Australian passport holders. Last year, the number of Australian travellers increased significantly but it is not mentioned on that list. However, from this year, Vietnam Airlines will be allowed by government to operate a non-stop flight from Sydney – Australia to Hanoi (capital of Vietnam and tourism center of Northern Vietnam). I believe that this is a good sign for Australian visitors who always have to flight back to Ho Chi Minh from Hanoi to catch a direct flight to Australia. May be, list of 40 countries will be extended soon when everything works well and I believe that Australia will be in.

For more information about Vietnam, you can click: Indochina tours Vietnam

Besides, everything is still one trial (around 2 years), so Vietnam E-visa will be a type of one month – single entry visa only. It means that it will allow you stay in Vietnam less than 30 days with only one single entry.

Visitor can touch down with E-visa at any of Vietnam’s eight international airports, including 3 biggest airports:  Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in the central region, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City. They can also arrive via land at 13 international border gates and via sea at seven ports across the country.

Now, I want to advise you needed steps to apply E-visa:

  1. Make sure that your nationality will be eligible for the E-visa in Vietnam
  2. Go to this official website of Immigration Department to start apply: evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/khai-thi-thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu
  3. Upload your document image are in .JPG (photos and information page)
  4. Follow step by step on each screen
  5. A registration code will be displayed prior to payment. Make sure that you copy/ write this code down.
  6. Make payment of USD26 by your debit card or credit card (please to note that you should just only use one credit card to pay for one E-visa, there are some banks will not accept for you to pay so many times with this website. This may be fixed soon)
  7. Wait 3 working days (except for Saturday and Sunday)
  8. After 3 days, you can check your e-mail or can visit on official website with your code to check your processing status. If your visa has been approved you will find links which you can click on to download the e-visa. Sometimes you will receive a notification in your e-mail and sometimes you will not, so if you have not received anything within 3 days, check yourself on website manually.
  9. Successful applicants will be able to print off their e-visas to present when they arrive.

E-visa in Vietnam has launched for one month but it was not stable and there are many tourists complained that they find the difficulties in accessing to official website of Vietnam Immigration Department. Besides, some informed that they just make only payment for one e-visa on this web by their credit card. If you want to apply many times for your companions or group members, you will have to use different cards. It is really inconvient for big group or family who want to apply e-visa. Some Travellers had a locked credit card by bank because of trying to make so much payment for Vietnam E-visa. Until now, everything seems be better but I will not highly recommend you to use this way. I think the government will need at least one year to make E-visa be popular and more convenient for tourists. We cannot require so much for Vietnam Government so much because we are still a developing country and need more time to do this.  To be honest, I want to suggest you to obtain a Visa on Arrival with Approval Letter from any reliable agent in Vietnam.

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Valentine’s day is coming up! If you are travelling with your partner in Saigon and wondering where to have dinner to enjoy a romantic day together, below suggestions may help:

The Deck Saigon – 38 Nguyen U Di St, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Have long been well known as the paradise for dating couples, The Deck Saigon is a fine dining restauran which specializes in serving Western food. The restaurant has modern and luxury design and riverside tables are especially suit couples.  Is it expected of this place to bring you an interesting and romantic night.

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The Deck Saigon- source: internet

The best time to visit the restaurant is at late afternoon, approximately 5pm to 6pm when the sun sets that makes the scenery so poetic. Average price is USD 20 – 25 per person without beverage

The Log Restaurant – Rooftop, Gem Center, 08 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Located on the rooftop of GEM Center, The Log is covered by a green space, quiet with trees that makes it completely separated from the noisy and bustling Saigon. For nature lovers, this restaurant is a nice place to spend your Valentine’s Day.

Entering the restaurant, you will find out that The Log owns a simply interior design with wooden tables and yellow lights, yet bring you unforgettable impression on your very first date. This restaurant serves both a la carte and buffet so you can choose base on your preference and budget

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The Log Restaurant- source: internet

Reference price:

  • A la carte menu: 4 – 35 per dish
  • Buffet: USD 50 per person

MAMA Restaurant – 33 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City

A Western villa with spacious campus and a exquisite combination inside, the restaurant brings you a romantic atmosphere and also a luxury feeling. Beautifully designed space, very elegant and I am surely you will be impressed by the green grassland there. MAMA Restaurant is a culinary space blending Thai style. Price is from 7 – 30 USD per dish

Au Manoir De Khai Restaurant – 251 Dien Bien Phu, Ward 7. District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Located inside a French village with 19th century architecture on Dien Bien Phu Street, District 3, the restaurant has luxury and sophisticated decor with two tones – black and white

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Au Manoir De Khai Restaurant- source: internet

With warm, romantic and quiet atmosphere, delicious dishes served and good services, this restaurant should be put on your list when choosing a place for Valentine’s Day.

If you interest, please access Indochina tours Vietnam to get more advice for Valentine’s day

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Tet or Lunar New Year is a very special occasion to Vietnamese people just as Christmas and New Year combined to Westerners. Right when November hits, we say that it’s coming, very soon.

Even though the Lunar Calendar varies from years to years, Tet falls somewhere between late of January to the mid of February. However, the spirit of Tet traditions actually begin one or two weeks before Tet, when legend has it that the Kitchen God rides a carp up into the heavens and reports on the things that have been happening over the course of the year. He then returns back on the 30th of the last month of the Vietnamese calendar.

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People buy offerings to dedicate for the Kitchen God on 23rd of Dec in Lunar Calendar

Tet is actually a family festival to local people. This is when people travel back the place where they were born or come from. Most of the government agencies, restaurants, many little street stalls, markets close on this day for people gathering and celebrating Tet together. During Tet, most of things are shut down…

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Hanoi in Tet – every shops are closed

Sound like it would be not a good time for traveling, right? but if you have already booked your flight without noticing it would be Tet, here is some advice for you to have the best trip in Vietnam:

Transportation

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Book all service in advance with a reputable travel agent to have an unpressure trip

As mentioned above, Tet is when people returns to their family therefore, the transportation including car transfer, train, flight are nearly fully booked. Without doubt, it would be a big difficult for traveler to get the seat therefore, remember to book the tickets in advance. The closer to Tet, the higher price for every service you need to pay. If it is possible, you should book all needed service via a reputable travel agent to get a good price. Moreover, you can always be sure your service is already well prepared without any worried.

Accommodation

Unlike popular myths, hotels and hostels in Vietnam during Tet are abundant – there is no need to worry about overbooked hotel rooms. Tet holiday is a not a leisure travelling time for most domestic so you will have many choices with regard to accommodation.

Sightseeing

  • Before Tet (2 weeks before 29th of December in Lunar Calendar):

This is actually the best time for you to explore the tradition and the culture of local people. It’s great to see people are busy in cleaning and decorating their house to welcome the new coming year.

The markets sold various fresh food open later than usual for people to buy the food to be kept in their refrigerator during Tet therefore, don’t forget to visit the local markets before Tet.

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Flower Market in Hanoi

However, among them, my most personal favourite is the flower markets that operate for about two or three weeks before Tet (but then close on Tet Eve). The sight of trucks and cyclos carrying plants in full bloom all over town is something I look forward to every year. It’s something so special that you can only see before Tet.

  • During Tet (1st until 3rd of Jan in Lunar Calendar)

Bad news is most of things will be closed during Tet including museums, mausoleums, indoors exhibition place and art houses.

If you travel during Tet, you‘d better to arrange these time by a beach for relaxing. The good news is the beach will be empty as this is not an ideal time for traveling of domestic market. The beach of Hoi An or Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Con Dao would be the best choices for traveler.

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An Bang Beach of Hoi An

Hoi An is where you can find many lovely reasonable accommodation, next is Nha Trang then Phu Quoc and the last is Con Dao.

If you love the tranquility, cities will be vacant (on the actual date of Tet). This is the great time to enjoy this atmosphere of the city. Or, visit a pagoda and watching people burning the incense, praying for their luck, health, wealthy that would come to them during the whole year.

Food

Most of restaurant will be closed during Tet. Some are opened for specific time in a day but there is surely an extra charge applied at the restaurants.

Some food stalls are still opened but the cost of food would be higher than usual too. Normally in the North, the sellers at the food stalls only sell snail noodle on Tet due to its sour and plain flavor that helps beating the fat and high calories traditional food which people often have during Tet. They are the traditional food that is not available elsewhere or else-when such as Banh Chung, Boiled Chicken, Pickled Onions.

If you are invited to a Vietnamese family, that would be the ideal case for you to experience the culture of Vietnam.

Shopping

Like restaurants, many shops will be closed for the first few days of the lunar new year. Some market will still be open, with much fewer vendors than you normally see, even in major trading points like Dong Xuan market or Ben Thanh. To your surprise, many products will be sold at a very reasonable price because most sellers want to start a smooth sales year. Try not to haggle or if you do, do so politely or else it will be considered to bring about bad luck for the whole new year.

Should you have interest in  please follow: Tours in Vietnam

Happy traveling!

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It is very simple now for anyone who loves traditional British afternoon tea culture can treat themselves right here in Hanoi. Enjoying a nice hotpot of tea with yummy mini desserts in a luxurious space with slow pace of life will be an unforgettable experience while traveling in Hanoi. Here is a list of best afternoon tea places in Hanoi that you should give it a whirl as “A cup of tea makes everything better”.  Travel Indochina

The Lounge – JW Marriot Hotel Hanoi

JW Marriot Hotel is famous for being the finest and most luxurious 5-star hotel in Hanoi with its modern style and elegant decoration. Located inside this hotel, the Lounge is the latest establishment that provides a sweeping panorama of the evolving skyline and the best afternoon tea in Hanoi. A set includes a nice pot of tea, several savory snacks and pastries. The mini  savory sandwich and fresh rolls is a highlight. The pastries & sweet treats are lovely with mini white chocolate and passion fruit tart which is a nice balance between acidity and richness. A tea set for two, elegantly set with five sweet and five savory bites, will set you back VND 450,000 (US$21,5)

Time & Address: Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm – 5pm at The Lounge, JW Marriott Hanoi No 8 Do Duc Duc Road, Me Tri Ward, South Tu Liem District  Hanoi  Vietnam

Le Club – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel is the French colonial-style hotel located in the heart of the city with its luxurious & authentic interior flooded with natural light. Here you find one of Hanoi’s greatest culinary experiences: the unmissbale Metropole’s afternoon tea. You can choose from the chocolate buffet (cake stand after cake stand overflowing with irresistible chocolate delights) or the more formal option (cakes, sandwiches, the odd chocolate treat). Another choice for whom are not interested in ordering the afternoon tea set, you can pick some dessert items and tea seperatedly.

Time & Address: Afternoon tea set is served from 03:30 pm to 05:30 pm. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi: 15 Ngo Quyen Street Hoan Kiem District

Price: VND 465,000++/set.

Sunset Bar/ Diplomat Lounge – InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel

Trying afternoon tea party in West Lake scenery will be an experience that is unmatched anywhere else in Hanoi. Intercontinental Hanoi West Lake offers 2 options for afternoon tea set that you can choose: The 1st one is located near the lobby and the pool, called Diplomat Lounge, the 2nd one is located on its own island of West Lake, named Sunset Bar located, where you can have a spectacular sunset views from 4-6 pm.

The Sunset bar is rated much better than the other one because they have obviously better tea set with mini bruschetta, sandwiches, small bites of opera cake & chocolate, and even Vietnamese Banh com (young rice cake). However, having a sip of tea in the Diplomat Lounge is a memorable experience in a winter afternoon which you must try once in a life time!

Time & Address: 2.30pm – 6pm. Sunser Bar / Diplomat Lounge – InterContinental West Lake Hanoi – 5 Tu Hoa, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Price: VND 250,000 ++/person

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A’telier Lounge – Apricot Hotel

The Hanoi Apricot Hotel is the newly opened 5-star hotel in Hanoi with the grand view to Hoan Kiem Lake. Formerly the Phu Gia, this hotel had been a popular spot for business elite since 1920s. Its own interiors are crisp and light, taking their cue from the French colonial era, with marble floors, extravagant chandeliers and classical furnishings.

Do not miss “Afternoon Tea for Two” experience in the A’telier Lounge at the lobby which is taken to a whole new level of luxury, making this the perfect choice for celebrating a special occasion for you and your family/ friends for the whole stay in Hanoi.

Let’s come enjoy the “Afternoon Tea for Two” among a wide selection of teas from around the world  especially Ronnafeldt to accentuate the Afternoon Tea experience. It is sure that the serving of freshly prepared mini-finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, homemade cakes and pastries and tea will be one of your best tates.

Time & Address: 2pm – 6pm. A’telier Lounge – Apricot Hotel – 136 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam

Price: VND 520,000 ++/2 persons

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Oven D’or restaurant – Sheraton Hotel

Surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns and tranquil courtyards, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is considered to be the peaceful oasis along the shore of the West Lake. When you want to catch the most relaxing moments in the midst of the bustling city, Sheraton Hotel is the best choice for you.

The Afternoon Hi-tea buffet in Sheraton is favoured for its savory dishes and sweet treat as it is a final part of the lunch starting at noon. All menus are inclusive of unlimited freshly brewed coffee, selection of tea, ice tea, ice coffee, chilled orange, guava or peach juice.

Time & Address: 12pm – 4:30pm. Oven D’or restaurant – Sheraton Hotel – K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road Tay Ho District Hanoi Vietnam

Price: VND 200,000 ++/person

Happy travelling!

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