How Did She Travel Vietnam’s Capital on a Low Budget?


Anshu, a spirited traveler from New Delhi, India, had long harbored dreams of exploring distant lands on a shoestring budget and traveled to Vietnam recently. Despite having access to everything and easily accessible luxury, Anshu chose to travel like a budget traveler, as she believed it provided a more authentic experience of exploring Hanoi .She eagerly packed her bags, armed with a sense of adventure and a limited budget. With just five days to soak in the sights and sounds of the city, Anshu was determined to make every moment count.

As Anshu landed at Noi Bai Airport, she felt a surge of excitement coursing through her veins. Armed with her backpack, she set out to conquer the bustling streets of Hanoi. With just 40,000 VND (approximately $2) , she hopped on a Bus no. 86 to the Old Quarter of Hoan Kiem.


The journey was a whirlwind of sights and sounds, with Anshu eagerly soaking in the vibrant energy of the city. Upon arrival in the Old Quarter, she was greeted by a maze of narrow alleys, bustling markets, and ancient temples. Despite the chaos, she felt a sense of serenity wash over her as she wandered through the historic streets.

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Determined to stretch her budget, Anshu sought out accommodation in one of the area’s many hostels. For a mere 3-4 dollars a day, she found a cozy bunk bed in a vibrant hostel filled with fellow travelers from around the globe. With new friends by her side, Anshu set out to explore the hidden gems of the Old Quarter.

Armed with a map and a sense of adventure, she embarked on a self-guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. From the majestic Hoan Kiem Lake to the bustling Dong Xuan Market.

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She soaked in the sights and sounds of Hanoi’s historic district at her own pace. With each step, she uncovered hidden alleyways adorned with colorful lanterns and stumbled upon quaint cafes serving steaming bowls of pho.


Determined to see more of what Hanoi had to offer, she ventured beyond the confines of the Old Quarter. She visited the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where she paid her respects to the revered leader of Vietnam. She then explored the tranquil grounds of the Temple of Literature, marveling at the ancient architecture and serene beauty of the surroundings.

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As the sun began to set, Anshu found herself drawn to the lively weekend festivities at Hoan Kiem Lake. The air was filled with music and laughter as locals and tourists alike gathered to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. With a cold beer in hand, Anshu joined in the festivities, reveling in the freedom to drink and dance beneath the stars.

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With her stomach grumbling, Anshu set out in search of the tantalizing aromas of Vietnamese street food. From crispy banh mi sandwiches to steaming bowls of pho, she indulged in the delicious flavors of Vietnam’s culinary scene, all without breaking the bank. For dinner, she sampled the local favorite, Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese spring roll), savoring each bite with delight.

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As her final day in Hanoi drew to a close, Anshu couldn’t help but reflect on the incredible experiences she had enjoyed during her five days in the city. From the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to the tranquil beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake, she had discovered a world of adventure and excitement that she would never forget. And as she boarded her flight back to New Delhi, she knew that she would always cherish the memories of her unforgettable journey through Vietnam’s capital city.

This story is based on the real experiences shared by Delhi-based blogger Anshu, who embarked on a budget adventure to explore Hanoi from New Delhi. Anshu’s journey serves as a testament to the allure of budget travel and the enriching experiences it can offer.

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