Saturday, May 4, 2013

Vinh Chung Hotel

Vinh Chung Hotel is located in a quiet alley in District One just steps from the busy street of Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon.  Not long ago Pham Ngu Lao was known as a backpacker area.  Over the years we have seen some major changes.  As we walked around this area we see a mixture of tourists, from elderly people to couples with baby strollers and/or young children.  The hotel is a family owned business.  My husband and I came across their hotel during our walk one day.  My husband prefers to venture out to other streets and check out the neighborhood where we stay.  We came across Nhan, who is the owner.  She is lovely, well spoken, honest and always wears a huge smile on her face--and I immediately liked her. After meeting her we ended up staying a few nights in her newly built mini-hotel on that trip.  We have been staying at their hotel when we are in the city for the last three trips to Vietnam. The whole family is charming and very friendly.  The rooms are very clean, comfortable and safe, not to mention very reasonably priced!  All rooms have free Wi-Fi access and an air-conditioner.  Some of my relatives stay here when they need to stay overnight in the city.  From their location you can walk to many places; Ben Thanh market, the Opera House, Caravelle Hotel for a drink at the rooftop, Jax N' Art jazz club, and many other interesting places.  It is also a short hop in a taxi to other major locations.
Nhan's English has improved greatly since we first met her back in 2009.  Her beautiful daughter is taking English classes and we enjoyed seeing her progress each time we go back.  Nhan has lived in this area for a long time and knows it very well.  For many years she worked in a department store and then as a school teacher.  If you need a recommendation for anything or simply just a good Vietnamese eatery you can ask her.  Thank you Nhan for providing us with a comfortable and clean bed and making our stay so welcoming.  

the hotel is situated in a quiet location
in the middle of District 1
(once known as the backpacker area)
Nhan and her 2 lovely children
*Vinh Chung is located at 283/26 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1.  Their email is tvchung283@yahoo.com.vn.

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