Halong Bay Cruise and Hotel Blog - Paradise Vietnam

At Paradise Vietnam, we are always on the lookout for ways to upgrade, improve and enhance our excellent facilities so as to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay Luxury cruises. Our most recent innovation has been the upgrade of our incredible, wrap-around, sundecks that now not only offer phenomenal views but also premium levels of comfort.

ParadiseVietnam_Luxury Renovation.1 Paradise Cruises always attempt to enhance the excellent facilities and service to remain at the pinnacle of Halong Bay luxury cruises.

After starting earlier this year, we are now proud to announce that renovations to all four Luxury vessels are finished! This process began in May, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The sundeck of any cruise ship is of vital importance, as this platform affords the best views during the Halong Bay tours. It is here that our guests spend a lot of time during their Paradise Luxury…

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One thing we want to show with our blog is that travel can be more affordable than people realize. We saved our money for 2 years prior to leaving, so we are keeping track of what we spend it on. Our budget we set at the beginning of the trip is $100 USD per day. Some countries are more expensive than others so the $100 is an average goal, not a limit (or a target).


How much did we spend during one month in Vietnam?

Total spent over 29 days = $1,354.67 USD
Daily average = $46.71

Vietnam’s currency is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). The average currency conversion rate while we were there (June 2015) was:
1 USD =  21,854.12 VND

Hang Mua Peak Hiking the Hang Mua Peak  overlooking the Tam Coc river

And here is the breakdown of what we spent our money on:

Accommodations $356.49

  • includes hotels, hostels, guesthouses (and paying extra…

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International Express: Bangkok to Hat Yai and Butterworth by Train

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The International Express is a daily service to Hat Yai and Butterworth from Bangkok and vice versa. Departing from Bangkok, the train uses 6 to 8 second class sleeper coaches, 1 buffet coach and 1 first class cabin coach, with 2 of the second class sleepers continuing their journey to Butterworth.

Click here for the reverse journey.

The State Railway of Thailand recently updated the platforms with new electronic information screens providing additional information at each platform, a welcome addition.

The train crew readies the train for departure.

The buffet car is ready for you even before the train departs. You may choose to dine here or have your meal at your seat.

The chef makes preparations in the kitchen for lunch and dinner.

This is Khao Pad Rot Fai (ข้าวผัดรถไฟ), or Railway Fried Rice. The set costing 110 baht comes with a side soup and orange juice. This was also…

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Ordinary 257: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi and Nam Tok by Train

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Popularly known for the Death Railway, Kanchanaburi is one of the major tourist destination in Thailand with both local and foreign tourist associating it with World War 2 and beautiful sceneries. It is located around 3 hours from Bangkok, with trains departing from Thonburi Railway Station.

Thonburi Railway Station is located on the western side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Noi district. The current station is located around 800m west of the original site, which is now part of the Siriraj Hospital. The station stood at the current site even before World War 2 as Bangkok Noi Railway Station. After the war, the station was moved to the river bank and was named Thonburi. In 2001, the current Thonburi was rebuilt and named Bangkok Noi. Finally in 2003, the Thonburi station by the river was closed and services were cut back to Bangkok Noi, which was renamed Thonburi in…

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KL Sentral Shower Room

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If you’re arriving or departing on a night train, or in Kuala Lumpur for a day trip, and feel the need to freshen yourself up properly, the shower room facilities at KL Sentral is for you!

Many signs around the station point towards the direction of the shower room, so no worries about finding it. It’s located along a long corridor which you can enter from Guardian pharmacy at Level 1, which is the ERL, LRT and Komuter concourse level.

Pay at the counter before you head for your shower. You may have to queue during popular hours in the morning when a night train arrives.

A shower goes for RM5, and a towel rental costs an additional RM2. Basic liquid soap is provided on the day I went, but bring your own just in case. An iron and ironing board is also available for rental at RM3. Children pay…

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