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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of east and west, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s, and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and the home base of the Communist government during the Vietnam War, or the war for independence. Because of this, the city hosts many government institutions, museums and memorials.
Hanoi has retained much of its older colonial charm because it was in conflict during most of the worldwide modern architecture movement. For that reason, few buildings in the city center area are higher than five stories.
Vietnam has two air carriers - Vietnam Airlines and the newer and smaller Pacific Airlines. Most folks will arrive at the international airport Noi Bai 35 km (45-60min) north of the city. You can hire taxis into the downtown Hanoi or hop on a shuttle-bus. Either transport might drop you in front of a hotel of their choice so the driver can collect a commission from the owner. If you insist on being taken to another place they should ususally give in.
You can take public buses number 07 and 17 to the city center from Noi Bai airport. They cost 5000 VDN and will take about 1 hour. Bus number 07 crosses Thang Long bridge and takes you to Daewoo hotel on the western part of Hanoi. Bus number 17 crosses Chuong Duong bridge and takes you close to the old quarter.
Shuttle-buses to the Airport depart opposite the Vietnam Airlines Office on Quang Trung (see below). Tickets cost ~US$2 and are sold in the building in front of which the vans are parked.
Taxis from the city centre to Noi Bai Airport cost a fixed price of about 10 US$
At Noi Bai Airport you will have to pay a service charge of 14 US$ if you are on an international flight.
Any travel-agent will book flights for you, but usually will charge a service fee. Given the english-speaking, friendly and capable personnel of the airline offices, you might just as well book directly there:
Trains arrive at the main Hanoi train station (Ga Hang Co, 120 Le Duan, T 825 3949) daily from cities in the south including Hue and Nha Trang. The Reunification Express goes all the way to Ho Chi Minh City though there is very little 'express' about it.
There are train services to the north-west (including Kunming in China and Lao Cai from where you reach Sapa). To board trains bound for these destinations, you have to enter the railway station compound through the "backdoor" at Tran Quy Cap station. Just tell your driver which destination your train is heading to.
However, tickets for all destinations are sold in the main station, though there are two counter halls, north and south, serving the respective destinations. Buy your tickets as early as possible, since especially sleeper-tickets can be sold out several days in advance. If you can't get a ticket anymore, try a travel-agent who still might have stocks.
you can take the open bus with the good price at Hochiminh city,Phan Thiet , Nhatrang ,Hue ,Danang,...the tousist city in vietnam ,the price from 25 $ down to 8 $ ,depend on where you your stay , easy with plenty of open tour from saigon enjoy your vietnam trip
Taxicabs are the most popular way to get around long distances, though the cyclos, or pedicabs, are a cheap and fun way to get around for shorter distances. A warning about taxicabs is that fares are not consistent. There are several different cab companies, and each has different starting fares and per kilometer rates. For lone travellers, rides on the back of motorcycles are popular too.
Beware of a scam among taxicabs picking up passengers at the airport: some taxi drivers are given kickbacks by certain hotels in return for bringing customers to them, and will either claim that your hotel is closed or full or simply bring you to the wrong hotel and play dumb on arrival. If this happens to you, be firm and insist on being taken to your actual destination. (Having the hotel's name and address written down clearly on paper with the proper Vietnamese diacritical marks can help here.) Under no circumstances allow the hotel's bellhops to remove your luggage from the taxi until you are sure you're at the right hotel: the taxi driver might well zoom off while you are busy trying to get your luggage back! Airport cabs are all a flat US$10 fare.
Some meter taxi owners in Hanoi will attempt to negotiate a flat fee in advance rather than use the meter: unless you are familiar with distances and fares in the city it is probably much safer to insist on an on-meter ride. If the driver refuses to use the meter, pretending to pick up your bags and go in search of another cab will almost certainly change his mind: don't sweat it, it's all part of the expected negotiation protocol.
Hanoi is a shoppers paradise for silk, lacquerware, wood, custom tailoring and other Asian inspired design. The bargains are among the best in Asia, being even better than other well-known shopping havens such as Bangkok, Thailand.
The Old Quarter, north of Hoan Kiem Lake, is where artisans and craftsmen have set up shop for generations, and each street is named after the item traditionally sold there.
In the quarter between Hoan Kiem Lake and the Cathedral you'll find numerous shops selling the same selection but of better quality. Vendors know about that, so prices are higher than in the Old Quarter. The same applies to several shops selling overpriced propaganda-related artifacts like original paintings or posters, t-shirts and coffee-mugs. Shops can sometimes arrange shipment to overseas destinations, and even with the added costs you'll still have a bargain.
There are two major shopping malls in Hanoi, Trang tien Plaza and the new-built Vincom City Towers. Both located in the Hoan Kiem District.
A local delicacy in the Hanoi area is dog meat (Vietnamese: th?t chó), which is especially popular in the winter. There are a number of restaurants along the Red River that specialize in it. Another exotic regional taste is ca cuong, an extract from the belostomatid, or giant water bug. Just a few drops are added to noodles for the unique aroma.
On Tô Tich, a small street connecting Hang Quat and Hang Gai, you can help yourself to a refreshing Sinh T? at one of the stalls (~VND7000).
The Press club restaurant
Bia H?i is abundant in the streets of the Old Quarter. At the crossing of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen three ventures fill up with travellers in the evenings, but you just have to take it to some sidestreets to get more local atmosphere.
Vietnam code +84 Hanoi code: 4 The local number alway have sequence of seven numbers. There are many mobile network with diference code: vinaphone: 91 mobilefone: 90 Viettel: 98 sphone: 95
There are numerous internet-cafes all over the city. If you look around, you should be able to find rates as low as 3000 VND/h.
(Information as of 2 July 2005)