Our friend of us were asking about the trip expenses from our previous trips. Then as usual I would said yes and forgot :D. So herewith the new category of this blog : Our Trip Expenses. Hopefully it will be useful for the readers.
We took Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. This trip was last minutes decision, thus the fare is little bit expensive. Total for 3 passengers is 1,941 MYR, booked 25 days prior the trip. This include the meals for all of us without check in baggage. Few days prior departure we add 20kg + 25 kg check in baggage which was cost us MYR 115. So the total is 685 MYR per person, return.
Usually we stay in budget hotel, but for several reasons we want to make this trip special and H’Mong Sapa Hotel was chosen. This is a nice hotel with Fanxipan view, price per night is USD 65 for superior double room, breakfast included. My suggestion is to contact the hotel directly to have a good price and more personal correspondence. We stayed for 2 nights in H’Mong Sapa.
We had very short transit in Hanoi prior our flight back to KL and decided to stay in the hotel near Hoan Kiem Lake. No reservation at all but we were so lucky. The taxi driver took us to the Hang Hanh Street, and I was knocking the door one by one to find the room. Not easy, but less than 10 mins we found a free room in Hanoi Artisan Boutique Hotel. The receptionist guy was so kind, although it was 4:30 AM he seems very happy to prepare the room for us. 1 Executive City view room for USD 40, breakfast included for 2 persons, extended check out until 5:00 PM. I would say this is a great deal. My daughter can took a shower after a long trip in the night bus, the room is pleasant, breakfast is very good, and walking distance to the Hoan Kiem Lake and shopping center.
Noi Bai Airport is quite far from Hanoi City Centre, approximately 45 min driving without traffic. Airport – Hanoi, we were sharing taxi with 2 new friends that we met in the airport. Mai Linh Taxi – Innova car, 400k Dong. The taxi was great, but our taxi driver couldn’t speak English at all. Then we should show them the train station address in Vietnam language. To the airport – we use airport transfer service from Artisan, 18 USD for 1 car.
Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Hanoi to Lao Chai, we took a night train and bought the ticket from the “agent” in the train station, 10 mins prior departure 😀 . Royal Express Carrier VIP Class for 2 persons costs us 2,000K Dong with 25k Dong as a bonus for the agent’s friend. Kids in the same bed. Lao Chai to Sapa was free, using hotel’s pick up service. Return to Hanoi, we took a night bus, SAOVIET for USD 15 per person.
Free and delicious breakfast from hotel, and only vegetarian or seafood meals for lunch and dinner. Difficult to find halal food in street vendor, thus we always went to the restaurant. Vietnam’s Restaurant are very cheap, especially in Sapa. In average we spent IDR 150,000 – 200,000 per meals for 3 persons. Happy 🙂
We only bought magnet in Hanoi for 20k Dong per pcs. Very cheap.
That’s all, for anything don’t hesitate to contact me.