A genuine homestay experience with large, airy bedrooms, shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Enjoy the uniquely Vietnamese atmosphere of the neighbourhood right outside the door with a mix of restaurants, cafes and shops. Walk to Hoan Kiem Lake.
I think you will enjoy staying in my home with its uniquely Vietnamese neighbourhood right in the heart of Hanoi city. My house is in a quiet street in the Hoan Kiem district but when you step out of the front door you can immediately experience the local food, the local people and the Vietnamese way of life.
The house has 3 levels with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on each floor as well as a laundry and roof top terrace area. The kitchen and living area occupy the ground floor. With its beautiful wooden staircase, spacious and airy bedrooms with balcony as well as a well equipped kitchen you can make yourself feel at home during your stay.
Breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner available on request.
Guests have access to the kitchen and laundry facilities in the house. The Kitchen, laundry and lounge areas are shared. Wi-fi, cable tv, towels and bedding are provided. Price includes electricity, wi-fi, cable tv and cleaning.
Interaction with Guests
My Australian associate and I live in the house and we both enjoy meeting with guests and showing them around the neighbourhood and giving helpful hints on what to see and do in Hanoi. It's great to meet people and share their stories of travel and life.
There are lots of lovely restaurants, cafes and shops in the neighbourhood. It's only a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and many other attractions.
Taxis are cheap so getting around is easy. Many things are within walking distance.
I can arrange an airport pickup on your arrival and a transfer to airport when you leave. If you need help with your Vietnam visa I can assist.
Other Things to Note
I also have a travel office so can book tours to places such as Halong Bay, Sapa or anywhere else you may like to visit during your stay. I can also arrange bus, train or flight tickets for you if you are intending to travel to other parts of Vietnam.
No smoking in the house but there is a rooftop terrace where you can smoke if you wish.
Staying with Dong was an amazing experience and exactly what I needed for my first solo trip to Vietnam. She was warm, funny, and so helpful in figuring out what to do in Vietnam and helping me to arrange it. Plus she has the cutest dog. I'd recommend for anyone to stay with her, as she is also within walking distance of all sites and good food.
This was my second stay at Dong's house, and it was as great as the first visit. Both Dong and Narelle were incredibly welcoming, and I felt like a long-lost friend returning at the end of my Vietnam visit. Dong also arranged a great trip to Sapa and a ride to the airport. Both Dong and Narelle were super helpful and warm. When I got sick, Dong even gave me vitamins! I could not have asked for a better home away from home during my stay in Vietnam.
This apartment is best suited for travelers who are also using Dong and Narelle as travel agents.
They are a bilingual team and can help with the logistics of a trip to nearby destinations. I can imagine it's nice to have their assistance making sure the van pickup is smooth and having a place to leave some bags that you don't want to lug onto a boat in Halong Bay. We were a young couple with different needs, but Dong and Narelle were still friendly hosts.
One comment is that the living room is not as depicted. It's not so much a place to watch TV or have dinner, but more of a hotel lobby, a place to meet Dong and Narelle, to discuss your travels and get trip recommendations.
I was made very welcome in Dong's house, which was a perfect start to my trip to Vietnam. Moreover, before I even arrived, Dong arranged a letter of introduction for a visa, a ride from the airport, a flight within Vietnam, and a trip to Halong Bay! I was taken aback and incredibly grateful for her help. Once I arrived, Dong and her staff fed me, gave me tea, and befriended me. I very much enjoyed hanging out with Dong and Norelle while playing with Caru, Dong's super cute little dog - just what I needed.
The house is wonderfully located in a small alley within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake, the French Quarter, and the Old Quarter.
I had such a nice experience that I am headed back to Dong's house in 3 weeks and will very much look forward to seeing everyone again and having a place that feels a little like home.
The location of the apartment is very nice. Within walking distance from the train station and the old town but away from other tourists. Within 100 meters you will find several restaurants, little shops and coffee shops.
We stayed in a spacious room on the first floor. There is only a little bit of natural daylight coming into the room due to the fact that Dong's house is built in by other buildings. If there are other guests staying on the same floor you share the bathroom with them. The bedroom can't be locked but if you have any valuables you can put them in a safe in the bedroom.
A nice breakfast is served with every day a different kind of fresh fruit on offer. After travelling for such a long time it was also nice to watch English television and English spoken movies. And although the house is away from the busy through road, if you are a light sleeper you may want to bring ear plugs since it can be a bit noisy.
We only met briefly with Dong since she was away for most of our stay, but she came across friendly and helpful. Instead her associate Norelle did the honors and she was a most welcoming and friendly host. Norelle showed us around their neighbourhood and she has a wealth of information which she most happily shares with you. She can also assist with booking tours to Halong Bay. We appreciated that during our two day trip to Halong Bay we could leave our luggage in the room (which was not booked during our absence).
Madame Dong was the best host I could have asked for. Her communication before my visit was extremely beneficial in allowing me prepare for my trip. She also helped me arrange transportation to and from the airport as well as my tours of the city and Halong Bag. Each tour was fantastic. Both included a wonderful English speaker guide and lunch included. The guesthouse was extremely clean, very cozy and in a wonderful, safe location. I was served breakfast and given many wonderful options for dinner both western and Vietnamese. I highly recommend a stay with Madame Dong and I hope to return the hospitality if she visits me in New York City!
Mrs. Dong, Norelle, and Caru made our stay in Hanoi feel like home. In 4 months of flashpacking in Southeast Asia this was honestly my favorite lodging. My wife and I felt completely at home. Her home is perfectly located in a colorful alley just off major roads. In this mini neighborhood are many streetfood stalls for breakfast and lunch as well as cafes and hair salons. The location is an easy walk to the lake, puppet theatre, etc. but in an area predominantly inhabited by locals. They will do laundry, book tours and recommend restaurants or sometimes cook dinner. Not the best location if your only reason for arriving in Hanoi is to drink copious amounts of the worlds cheapest beer, but highly reccommended for those who want to experience a pleasant neighborhood in Hanoi.
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My name is Nguyen Ha Dong. My travel agency, Dong’s Travel, is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. As a native Hanoian, I can give you the best advice on what to see and do during your stay. My enthusiastic staff (from Vietnam and Australia) also have a lot of local knowledge.
My Australian colleague is well travelled so is able to give you good advice on where to go and what to see both in Hanoi and other places.
Our services include tours in and around Ha Noi and Vietnam, business development advice, visa applications and extensions, long-term and short-term accommodation, new visitor orientation and comprehensive trip planning assistance for travel within Vietnam. If you want to get your visa on arrival at the airport in Vietnam I can arrange a letter of invitation for you.
At Dong’s Travel, we offer all the great tours and packages you would expect to find, including day trips around Ha Noi city, Ha Long Bay, Sapa trekking and private tours designed to suit your needs. We will match any price offered to you from a competing agency. Let us make you a quote!
As well as offering expert tour information we can also help with your accommodation needs. If you are only planning to stay from a few days to a month or so we can find short-term room rentals, apartments or hotel accommodation for you. If you plan to stay longer we can also help you find long-term rental apartments in Hanoi for great prices. Travellers, foreign workers and expats please give us a call! We have a variety of properties available for you to choose from.
Whether it be for a few days or a few years, let us help you enter easily into the Ha Noian way of life with a comfortable and affordable stay. Our goal is to save you money and time and to help you have a wonderful holiday of a lifetime. We will always do our best to make you comfortable with all aspects of your trip.