Are you a foreign tourist on a trip to Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi? What are you waiting for in Hanoi? Remember the tips below before holding your passport on the road!

Visa: You can apply for a visa online, but it is best to apply through the embassy or travel agency if you do not want to wait 90 minutes at Hanoi airport to be resolved.

Airplane: Do not book too early or too late because the airlines often increase their fares by 6 months, then decrease at the period of 2 or 3 weeks prior to the flight day, then increase again.

Booking: The best choice is to book from Hong Kong with the following airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air and Hong Kong Airlines.

Taxi: Taxi in Hanoi is quite cheap and attentive in service. From Noi Bai International Airport to the central area, the cost is about 350,000 VND ($16) and 10-minute drive in the city is about 30,000 VND ($1.5).

Public buses: Even cheaper price is buses which cost only 30,000 VND ($1.5) to travel from the airport to the Old Quarter. In the inner city, the bus ticket costs 7,000 VND ($0.4).

Taxi motorbike (Xe Om): The best way to experience Hanoi is siting behind a taxi motorbike. The price to pay for about 10 minutes is 10,000 to 15,000VND (%0.5-$1), depending on your bargaining.

Rent a motorbike: if you’ve driven bikes before and you feel confident enough to explore Hanoi by bike, why not? In Hanoi, it is easy to rent a bike in Hanoi as you only either leave your passport or money as a security deposit. By bike, this is the best way to explore Hanoi where We may not access on foot or car. The costs of this rental would be around 120.000-150.000 vnd per day.

Currency: An USD exchange is about 22,500 VND but you do not have to panic when there is no Vietnamese currency because USD is widely accepted.

ATM: ATMs are everywhere. International ATMs include HSBC and ANZ Bank but for withdrawal of more than 1 million dong, preferably to ANZ ATMs near Sword Lake.

Climate: The summer climate (June to August) is very uncomfortable with high temperatures and humidity. Spring (March to May) is more pleasant. Autumn (September-November) is great for walking on the streets and winter (December - February) is cold and humid.

Food: You can not say you come to Hanoi if you did not eat chicken noodle soup here. In addition, can also "try" some famous specialties such as: La Vong fried fish; rice noodle rolls, West Lake shrimp cake or young green rice of Vong village, etc.,

Drinks: Just like chicken noodle soup, you cannot travel to Hanoi without enjoying a glass of fresh beer at least one time. It is easy to recognize such beer places with "Bia hoi Hanoi” (Hanoi Fresh Beer).

Coffee: If Hanoians do not drink beer, they are drinking coffee. Visit the Old Quarter Café at 11 Hang Gai Street to enjoy coffee.

Hanoi cooking class: Joining in such these classes is not a bad ideal for you because anything you can experience by your self is much more memorable.

Overnight accommodation: There are many options for accommodation in Hanoi, from budget to high, such as Espence Hotel, Hanoi Backpackers, Joseph, Hanoi Elegance Emerald, Sofitel Metropole, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.

Shopping: The Hanoi Old Quarter has arrays of fashion boutiques, souvenirs, snacks and cheap jewelry. If you want to find a shopping center with air conditioning, please visit Vincom home, where there are luxury fashion brands, movie theaters and entertaining areas.

Activities: Famous places with rich activities are Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater or Hoa Lo Prison. Also, do not miss the night market in the Old Quarter.

Internet: Just like motorbikes, internet cafes are ubiquitous. Hotels are also connected to the internet.

Day tour:

Start with an early morning in the West Lake, where the mist drifts slowly in its own romantic way like that for thousands of years. In the early summer, when Hanoi has not been awakened by the vehicle, you will also feel the fragrance of a lotus in the wind.

And there is nothing more wonderful if you join the lines of people walking along the Old Quarter to the Sword Lake in the early morning. 

Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to learn deeply about Vietnam’s national hero, which has been recognized by the world.

In the afternoon, you should spend time visiting Hanoi Opera House and turn to Trang Tien bookstore. Then, you visit Temple of Literature where you will hear many stories about the history of the people of Hanoi.

When the city lights up, you should take a look at the last steps of a day in Hanoi through O Quan Chuong - the only existing gate. Then, you will go to the 100-year-old Long Bien bridge, a familiar symbol of Hanoi.


Photography: There will be a lot of things you want to take pictures in Hanoi, especially in the Old Quarter. But some people, especially the elderly, do not want to be taken. Be polite and ask for their permission first.

Do not be afraid: Hanoi can overwhelm you, but that is great. Try everything, go anywhere and ask someone if you get lost. A smile can solve everything in this city.