Travel tips to Hanoi
Hanoi taxis are cheap and pretty decent. A taxi ride from Noi Bai International Airport into the central area costs about VND 350,000 (US$17) and a 10-minute ride inside the city around VND 30,000. Some hotels may also arrange a pick-up and drop-off service from and to the airport. There are some reliable taxi companies are Taxi CP or Taxi Group – (+84)48262626, Mai Linh Taxi (+84)438616161, Hanoi Taxi (+84)438535353, ABC, Thanh Nga, Vic…There are also a cheaper and well-known means of transport that used by a lot of “Hanoian”, if you travel by yourself and love wandering around the city centre, which called “xe om” (Motorbike taxi). An average journey in the city centre costs about 15,000d to 20,000d.
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Public bus in Hanoi:
It’s quite a cheap transportation for anyone who want a ride around the town, even from the airport to the Old Quarter. A standard fare is VND 7,000 (US$0.4) It costs VND 15,000 (US$0.7) from the airport to the Old Quarter if you want to use Vietjet Air or National Bus in all airport bus stop.
Hanoi public bus
In terms of speaking English, most locals can speak a few phrases of English but with various types of accent and intonation so doesn’t just count on it. You can try your luck with a Vietnamese phrase book, combining with a wild bodily gesticulation to make yourself understandable. Best bet is to hire a personal tour guide.
In Hanoi, cash is widely accepted and there are a lot of ATMs from international banks such as HSBC, ANZ but many have a maximum withdrawal of VND 2 million (US$100) and you may also need to pay for the different in the international exchange rate.
In case you need more, just go to the ANZ ATM near Hoan Kiem Lake, which has a limit of VND 50 million.
The traffic in Hanoi is quite chaotic, which means relentless traffic and mixing of cars, motorbikes, bikes and mopeds on the same road but it is okay to rent a motorbike and enjoy yourself with a ride around the city to experience the rush and blur of daily Hanoi life. And remember to stick on the right hand side of the road or street and keep a regular speed when riding.
One more thing, make sure to equip yourself a helmet for your own safety and comply with the local rules.
Internet cafes are everywhere in Hanoi with a fair price of VND 6,000/hr (US$0.3). All hotels have Internet connections so you can ask the receptionist for more details.
Local street vendor:
There are many local street vendors around the Old Quarter, even you can see some old woman carrying rattan with local foods such as tofu dessert, foetus duck, “mì gõ” etc, for you to try.
- Verticale, 19 Ngo Van So St., +84 (0)4 3944 6317; www.verticale-hanoi.com. French-Vietnamese fusion.
- Cam Chan Quan, 108 K1 Giang Vo St., +84 (0)123 259 7696. Singapore-oriented fare
- La, 25 Ly Quoc Su St.,, Hoan Kiem;+84 (0)4 928 8933. Western bistro.
- Joma Bakery Café, 21 Dien Bien Phu, & 54 To Ngoc Van. Fairtrade organic café.
- La Badiane, 10 Nam Ngu, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem; +84 (0)4 3942 4509. French experimental
8. Crossing the street:
The most common transportation using by Hanoian is motorbike so we suggest that when you cross the street, keep your eyes open and your heart calm, then start walking out with intent, and they will avoid you
Keep calm to cross the street
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