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Excellent Views from Van Hai Hotel at Ha Long

After staying in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi rooms that echo the passing engines and horns from the streets below, Ha Long seemed to promise the complete opposite with an almost empty set of streets (well, we did arrive at night). Our guide told us that Ha Long was now divided into two areas - one for tourism and another for all the civil and government buildings.

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We drove alongside the bay until we reached the Van Hai hotel which is next to the new and impressive Bai Chay bridge.

The bridge is the first prestressed concrete and single-plane cable-stayed bridge in Vietnam and, at the same time also sets a world record - the longest span in the world at 435 metres. The new bridge is nicknamed the Ha Long String Instrument.

I can't work which was more impressive - the bridge or our room and view. The Van Hai hotel, which has three stars, has eleven floors and we got a room on the tenth floor facing the bay! The room was pretty big with a set of chairs and coffee table too. The only downside were the large and highly visible stains on the chairs, which we avoided.

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Since we were facing the bay, our door was right next to the corridor balcony, for a clear outdoor view, if you don't mind the vertigo looking down. Check the night and day views below.

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A few more photos are also on Flickr

For more information, check the Van Hai hotel website


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