Just answering some of my friends’ common questions! :)) Hope this could help 🙂 Umaasa talaga ako! Hahaha
1. Dong or Dollars?
We used Dong. However US Dollars is accepted too :>
SG$1 – 16,300 Dong
Note: Careful sa 10,000 and 100,000 kasi almost same sila sa color. Confusing. Some, especially taxi drivers will confuse you too. Kapag kumukuha ka pera, and nahawakan mo 200,000 sasabihin nila “ok. ok!” when dapat lang naman is 20,000. So just make sure you double check the decimal point. Always check! ;>;
2. How many hours from Ho Chi Mihn to Da Lat?
7hrs by bus and 45mins by plane.
We went there by bus. Bus ticket if converted in S$ costs S$10 :>;
We chose Futa Buslines as recommended by our Vietnamese part-timer at work 😉
Note: Best to travel at night. You can ask the receptionist to help you book the bus ticket prior to your trip. Bring “bain”. Chips, buscuits. Anyhoo may stop-over naman 🙂 No need for “sleeper bus” as I find it disgusting 😦 Okay na yun regular bus.
3. Hotel name at Ho Chi Mihn and Da Lat
HCM – Nhât Ha 2 Hotel
Da Lat – Empress Hotel
It is cheaper to book hotel through Agoda.com and/or hotel.com. I don’t advise walk-in. Mahal! 😉 You can save 50% by booking online. Less hassle too!
All in all, I spent $100 for 5days/4nights for hotel accommodation.
Nhât Ha 2 in Ho Chi Mihn
Empress Hotel in Da Lat
4. Mura ba bilihin? Mas mura sa Pilipinas?
Yes! 😀 Go to Saigon Square for
shopping pero if wala ka check in baggage, watch out!
Sa Da Lat, mura ang sweater and trench coat 🙂 Ganda! Lamig kasi dun, at night feeling mo napunta ka sa mas iba pang lugar kasi lahat naka trench coat and booties 😉
5. District 1 ba sa city center?
Yes. Magkakalapit lang! Actually yung attractions, pwede mo lakarin. From the airport nasa 50,000.00 ang fare going to District 1. Pa arrange ka na sa airport. Additional 10,000.00 para sa (nakalimutan ko) Haha airport fee? Sa mga cab. You pay that too! Papalit na din ng Dong sa Airport. Sa Da Lat, may tinatawag silang “Gold Shop”. Okay magpapalit dun 😉
6. Budget (in SG$)
Air fare – $113
Hotel – $100
Food & Transpo – $60-70
Pocket Money- depende if you want to go shopping and what you’ll buy pero “mura” pero sabi ko nga watch your luggage kasi 7kg lang allowed. Umabot ako 12kg 😦 Paraan lang sa airport! Haaa
Note: Kasama pa yung Hot Stone Massage therapy and Facial dyan ha. Free use of sauna and steam
bath. Sa spa ng Blue Moon Hotel in Da Lat (4-star) For $25 lang! A must! Very good service and facility.
No need for a tour guide sa HCM as you can just walk around or take cab,
however I advise you to have one in Da Lat. If you haven’t read the Travel Juju yet, I highly recommend them:
They can take you on a day tour for US$25 :>;
Mura ang food and take note: fresh ang vegs at fruits! Masarap!
Have a fun trip! Cheerio!