Hilton Hotel Opera

Hilton Hanoi Opera is located in Hanoi VietNam

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A landmark hotel in the heart of the French Quarter

Perfectly located in Hanoi’s stylish French Quarter you’ll find Hilton Hanoi Opera, an iconic hotel and a landmark in itself. They are within walking distance of Hanoi’s thriving business district, and to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarters. From their locally-styled guest rooms to  Vietnamese restaurant, Ba Mien, experience a real taste of local culture. Plus, with versatile meeting space and a heated outdoor pool, the hotel offers all you need for an unforgettable stay.

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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – Hanoi – Vietnam

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Probably the best Museum in Hanoi, and certainly in all Vietnam on collections and display of artifacts, costumes and architectures related to the 53 ethnic minorities living by side of the Viet people from North to South Vietnam. The garden is an impressive reproduction of traditional houses of most hilltribes and a small boutique sells quality handmade products from the tribes. A very good introduction to the endless topic of ethnography in Indochina. The museum has benefited massively from the collections of Ecole Francaise d Extreme Orient (EFEO) in Hanoi, and from the huge ethnographic mapping and work carried since a century in fields studies and university research on the matter.












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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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