HANOI CITY TOUR 1 DAY

Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks – the capital of Vietnam and the city’s most interesting places for tourists are all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city on foot or by cyclo. You could probably explore the Ancient Quarter and visit all the places below in a single day. Continue reading →

VISA EXTENSION AND VISA RENEWAL

Hanoi Youth Hostel offers a full service of Vietnam visa extension & visa renewal and offers the best solutions to any requests you may have. Extending a visa is a simple process, all we require is your current visa information, then we are able to provide reliable advice, suggestions and service fees. Indeed, there are so many questions and concerns in regards to visa extension, and we would like to clear some of most questions asked before showing what you should do in order to extend your visa.

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What should I prepare for my visa extension & renewal?

You just need your passport with validity of more than 6 months.

What if I just have 3 days left in my visa but visa extension process takes 5 days or more to complete?

If your passport is received and accepted by immigration before the visa expiry date, your visa validity will be counted from that day. So, there will be no problem for how long the process takes. Please remember to send your passport to us at least 3 days before your visa expiring or you will be fined around 30usd/day.

What types of visa can I extend or renew?

This depends on; your current visa category, your nationality, and your first entry point into Vietnam. We can offer the correct information once we view your passport or you can check our table below for your references.

How long does it take to get a visa extension?

It normally takes 5 to 7 working days for 01 month visa extension and up to 10 working days for 03 months extension/renewal. We also offer an express service of 3 days at your request at an additional cost.

How much for your service?

Unfortunately, until we view your passport and other relevant information, including; current visa category, nationality and first entry point into Vietnam, we are unable to offer an accurate quote.

How many time can I extend/renew my visa?

It depends but you can extend 2 times before you have to get a new visa (visa renewal without leaving Vietnam) and going on until any change in policy from Vietnam immigration.

When do I need to send my passport for my visa extension?

You are required to send your passport, so it is in our possession at least 3 days before your visa expiring. You can visit  Hanoi Youth Hostel at 5 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

How do I contact you?

Hanoi Youth Hostel
Add: 5 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Working hours:  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM  everyday.  (GMT +7)
Email: kellyyouthhostel@gmail.com
Hotline available 24/7:     (+84) 972004080

Note:

  • There will be NO hidden and NO extra charge with our service, all are included.
  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards

Home for Hanoi’s destitute: The reality of Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge, celebrated in Vietnam as a symbol of military resilience, is now a haven for the poor

By Jame Durston (CNN TRAVEL)

Drug users, orphaned children and destitute families.

The reality of life under Hanoi’s Long Bien Bridge today is a world away from its image as a symbol of Vietnamese military ingenuity and resilience. The 107-year-old bridge is celebrated as one of Vietnam’s greatest ‘triumphs’ against Western imperialism, and has even inspired songwriters and poets. Guidebooks describe how the Vietnamese managed to keep the bridge open and functioning — a key supply route from the port of Haiphong into Hanoi during the Vietnam War — despite the assault by U.S. bombers. But as I discover during a film shoot for CNNGo TV, looking at this bridge through history’s glorifying lens is to take a one-dimensional view.

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At one point I clamber up a riverbank made entirely of trash and emerge through a pungent cloud of smoke onto a hill of coal. A soot-smeared woman is hacking up chunks of coal with a mallet; nearby a huge pile of black sludge sends out a horrific stench.   sludge at long bien bridgeDecrepit corrugated tin huts acting as homes are crammed together on one side, like a mini shanty town. This, I now know, is the modern Long Bien Bridge, a home for some of Hanoi’s most disadvantaged people.   home under long bien bridge
Heroin users are known to congregate on Bai Giua (middle island) under the bridge at dusk to indulge their habit. Orphaned children have turned to Bai Giua for shelter, and the poorest of Hanoi’s families, some of whom are forced to live on the river in floating huts, also can be seen around the bridge, pushed to the edge of the city by its burgeoning economic bubble.   paintshop long bien bridge
It is an aspect of modern life in Hanoi that jars with the bridge’s appearance — all girders and bolts and rivets — of might and solidity.   long bien bridge Like a wizened grandfather who can’t stop telling tales of his war-time endeavors, the bridge’s scarred and patched-up appearance seems to say, “Been there, done it, survived it.”   hanoi's long bien bridge
No doubt the events that surrounded this bridge during the 1960s and 1970s were tremendous, and it serves an important purpose as a living memorial to the people that were involved. But for the folk living there now it is simply a makeshift home they have been forced to occupy as the rest of Hanoi moves on.

 Getting there

The bridge is not open to car traffic, so hire a scooter taxi to drive you across the bridge, or take a taxi to Dike Road, near Gam Cau Street, where you’ll find the approach ramp.

Motorbike Rental/ Sell / Buy easy in Old Quarter for your discover in Vietnam

Motorbike Rental

Need a motorbike rental to scoot around Hanoi for a few days? Our motorbike are great for riding through the beautiful country, or enjoying your time around town. Choose from our wide selection and ride like a king!
Price:

  • Small motorbike (Honda Wave)         $ 7/day
  • Big motorbike      (Yamaha Nouvo)   $ 10/day

Reserved a motorbike now!

 

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Motorbike sell and buy

Are you looking for a secondhand motorbike in Hanoi ?   Or do you need to sell your used motorbike before you leave? Please contact us and we are happy to help you prepare everything for your trip.

 

A Vietnamese girl has tamed a fully grown wild elephant and keeps it as a pet

  • A Vietnamese girl has tamed a fully grown wild elephant and keeps it as a pet
  • It is used to help villagers work the fields, transport goods and build houses
  • She interacts with it despite the fact a single move has potential to be fatal
  • French photographer captured their heart warming relationship

These are the remarkable pictures of a young girl who tamed a fully grown wild elephant.

Kim Luan, who is part of the M’Nong ethnic group from central Vietnam, has now become inseparable from her pet elephant and the two are best friends. It is common in the M’Nong society to tame wild elephants before introducing them to the community and keeping them as domestic pets.The elephants are then used to work with the villagers in the fields, transporting goods and helping them build houses.

Kim Luan (right) plays with her pet elephant, which helps to transport goods and work the fields

The two are said to be inseparable and the old ageing elephant is happy to let Kim play around him

The now two appear totally at ease with each after Kim tamed the fully grown elephant from the wild

The pair are at total ease with each other and the gentle jumbo happily lets her play around it.

In Kim Luan's (pictured) village in central Vietnam, it is common for locals to have a pet elephant

In Kim Luan’s (pictured) village in central Vietnam, it is common for locals to have a pet elephant

French photographer Rehahn, 35, captured the heart-warming scene in Buon M’Lieng earlier this month.

He said: ‘Elephants are considered members of the community – everything related to them must follow M’Nong traditions.

‘As a foreigner I was very surprised to see this bond but for the M’Nong minority group it’s common to have an elephant in the garden – just like we might have a cat.

‘I felt the respect between both. The girl was more scared of me than the elephant.’

The photographer has lived in Vietnam for seven years, capturing some 45,000 photos of the country.

But this is the first time he has witnessed such interaction between M’Nong and their elephants.

He added: ‘It’s not dangerous for her – the elephants are peaceful until you try to do wrong with them.

‘But M’Nong live in nature with elephants and know how to keep them quiet.

‘It’s unique, plus the M’Nong don’t really wear traditional costume anymore which makes the photos more special.’

(Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2811291/Herd-one-girl-best-friend-elephant-Vietnamese-youngster-trained-JUMBO-sized-pet.html)

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Hanoi Youth Hostel – No.5 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hotline: (+84) 972004080

Email: kellyyouthhostel@gmail.com