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Washing - How to? How Much?

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Washing - How to? How Much?

Just wondering if anyone can tell me about doing the washing in Vietnam... Can we use a laundry (be that a tub or a machine) in hotels, is their laundromats? Is it wise to take a small line and a couple of pegs and string it up on a balcony? Sounds silly I suppose but I have 3 kids ..... Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Washing - How to? How Much?

Don't remember seeing any laundromats and nowhere I stayed had a washing machine. It's more like Thailand where, especially in places popular with budget travellers, there will be people offering a laundy service from a small shop or stall - they price by the kilo. The outcome ranges from excellent to terrible!! Don't hand over any garment that is precious to you!

More upmarket hotels may offer an in-house service which is likely to be priced by item.

I always travel with a length of nylon twine (not one of those elastic "travel washlines" which are next to useless), and a few pegs because sometimes it's easier, especially if you are touring, to rinse things out as you go.

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PS - I also take some hand-washing liquid - not special travel wash, just normal stuff decanted into a small bottle. But in SE Asia you can often buy small sachets of detergent (ditto shampoo) in the local market. The problem is working out whether you are buying detergent or fabric softener!!

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I took a little twisted elastic line that i bought in a camping shop here. It has a little sticker thing on each end & my mother & aunty used it every day we were there. It sticks well & never came down & it was about $8. Well worth getting one.

There is also signs up everywhere out the front of stall & small cafes or just ask in the local cafe. Hotels usually charge a small fortune. I did get some done in a hotel in Hue & it was about a dollar a piece i think. But it will definately work out expensive with 3 kids.

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Washing line may be a good idea, especially to keep up with children. We have usually used local stalls as described in previous posts or nearby services recommended by hotels - have never lost items or had them ruined. ($1 per kilo) Just take basic clothing or use very cheap stuff you will buy there if worried.

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We stayed in 3* hotels and all offered a cheap and fast laundry service. Nothing was ruined though we didn't have anything particularly delicate. We'd get a load done for about $4-$5, often got same day service or at most next day.

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Just got back from 3 weeks in Vn and every hotel offered same-day laundry service. Cheap and clean; they charge by weight.

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i did get a strange man's underpants back in one load of my washing (in the Old Quarter) and after the shock/surprise, we had a good laugh about it-

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Hey THANKS everyone for your great advice - I'll take a line, some pegs and use the locals for all the big stuff. I hope if I get someones else's clothing back - that it fit's, I like it, and better quality than my stuff! Which won't be difficult ....

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LOL Mazzie.

I often use hotel soap to wash our socks and undies and hang in room. After being squeezed by towel and staying in air-con room, stuff get dry in about 5 hours.

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We have been in Vietnam for 2 weeks now & used the laundries found on any street, in any place & had no problems at all. Give yourself a holiday from laundry & let someone else do it, the prices are very reasonable. Cheers - Wayvan

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