Here’s the typical itinerary for a Sapa getaway, a three-night two-day stay. This means you take an overnight train to Sapa, do a hike during the day, stay in a hotel at night, do a hike the next day, and come back on an overnight train. Basically, you have two full days with really one night of rest in a hotel. Sounds grueling doesn’t it? Well, it was and it was well worth it. The cost was the only thing I’d question, $145/person.
Anyways, we had time to kill before boarding the train so we went to Lotte Center. This towering mall / hotel / mart catered to Koreans. If you don’t know, Korea has invested a lot into Vietnam. It’s very common for Korean business people and tourists to come to Vietnam. So much that there are stores like this popping up throughout the country. This one in particular opened up recently in September. Of course, we were there for shopping. Shopping that turned to eating on the ninth floor.
I saw crab hot pot at Thai Express. Even though it looked good, I didn’t want a Thai version so we ended up at Ngon Ngon Restaurant.
It was a nice restaurant and had two private rooms for large parties. There weren’t too many people in there. So it was pretty surprising why service was so bad. There were three servers for two tables. I had asked for a drink several times before I got one. I spoke to more than one person about it. Odd. Maybe it was because we sat at the window and they manned the front which was pretty far down the restaurant. Still no excuse.
Ngon Ngon Restaurant
54 Lieu Giai Street
Verdict: Ignoring the service, the food here was a safe bet from having street food. Yet, I’d say find a better place. The taste here were only okay.