To be honest, I don't like the idea of hostels but because we're on a budget plus my last hostel experience (in Mongolia) wasn't bad, I thought maybe staying in a hostel this time around would be okay. Well... big mistake. HUGE.
Although we were welcomed warmly by the staff at Hanoi Central Backpacker's Hostel, it didn't compensate for the unbearable dirtiness of the place. It was a total nightmare! If it wasn't that late already and if there were available taxis around, we would have jumped at the first chance to get out of that place. The pictures on the internet fooled us. Yes, the private room was indeed big with hot and cold showers but they didn't tell us that they don't change the sheets!
That mishap though cost us a tour to Hua Lu that day. We had to make do with whatever was left of our first day and decided to just "go local" which I will be discussing in more detail in my next post!
To sum up this experience, check out this movie clip from my "travel diary":
Chapter 1: We are Not Backpackers! from Ninin Sampiano on Vimeo