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Half-Day Hanoi Home Cooking Class and Cultural Tour
"The tour starts from your hotel and after a short drive you will arrive at the the awesome property that features a peaceful atmosphere on the Red River bank. The hosts will warmly welcome you and introduce their members and begin exchanging culture bargain and to spend the local currency “VND” in the market.You then begin a 5 minutes cycle or walk to the local market. It’s great chance to buy local things by yourself and experience a variety of foods from all the groceries such as: herbs spices vegetables meats fishes
From $49.00
Hanoi Explorer Private Photo Tour
"Hotel pick-up.  We start the tour on historic Long Bien Bridge Yen Phu Street.  After introductions and a brief look at the story behind the bridge there is an overview of camera settings.  We then head up to Long Bien Bridge to shoot the Establishing picture.  Time now to move into Long Bien market Hanoi's biggest wet market to learn how to shoot Relationship pictures.  Our focus is on how to take naturalistic photos of people at work and play.  In Dong Xuan market we continue with Relationship pictures.  The market was originally built by the French in 1889
From $160.00
2-Day Halong Bay Signature Cruise from Hanoi
"Day 1: Hanoi - Halong (LD)7:45am - 8:15amPickup and transfer to Halong Bay.12.00pm Arrival transfer to Signature Cruise.12:30pm You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Check into your cabin and freshen up.1pm As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizi extraordinary limestone karst landscapesOan Lagoon Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng Village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Signature Halong Cruise will stay close to Drum Cave for the evening.6:00pm Join Vietnamese cookingL)6:00am The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea
From $383.00

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Bus from Hanoi to the airport

If you wish to go to the airport from the city centre, using local transportation, you have to take two buses:
1. take bus 9 behind the Tourist Office near the Hoan Kiem Lake. Travel until, Cầu Giấy, the last stop.
2. take bus 7 to Noi Bai - airport.

In both buses, the ticket is payed directly to the driver.

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Jan 20, 2015

Cheated by sinh cafe travel, 58 hang be str, hanoi


Be aware, please reconfirm and recheck when you select travel agent and buying bus ticket.

I and my wife, cheated by sihn cafe travel, which sales are fang and fiona, address: 58 hang be str, hanoi, vietnam, tel (84-4) 3934 4103, email -,
They cheat us, we pay for the sleeping bus ( they show me picture big white sleeping bus with rest room) @ usd 16 per trip, total 64 usd, for dalat - muine, muine - saigon,
But on the actual, we only got the minibus and sitting bus to saigon, that provide by sihn tourist, and the price only $5 and $ 6.
Be aware select travel agent when your visiting vietnam.

Too much fake sihn tourist in vietnam...

Mar 14, 2012

Airport Bus To/From Hanoi City

Vietnam Airlines provides minibus service to/ from the Hanoi International Airport. The main bus-stop in the City is located at 2 Quang Trung, Hanoi, south of Hoam Kiem Lake. Walk toward south of Le Thai To Road along Hoam Kiem Lake, then turn right on Hang Khay Road. You will see the Vietnam Airline Main building, go across the street you will see the bus-stop to the Airport.

The bus-stop in the airport is just right outside of the Airport.

Fare: US$2 per person.

Non-Vietnam Airlines passages are allowed to use this service.

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Jul 24, 2011

Public busses in Hanoi

There are plenty of public busses. From the airport take the number 7 and go to Cau Giay, where you find busses to all corners of the city. Should be about 40 minutes. The 17 to Long Bien and the 7 leave both at the right side of the terminal. A bus map you can obtain free also at Cau Giay and at 16 Cao Ba Quat, or better look up the website, there you find an interactive bus map.
There are no good busses in the old quarter, so you better walk.

Apr 04, 2011
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Airport Mini Bus to Hanoi City

Once out Noi Bai airport arrival hall, walk across the first lane to the quite spacious center pavement. Turn right and walk around 50 meters towards the parked mini buses. On the way you will pass 2 different airport taxi companies with sign board stating the taxi fare as USD15/way to Hanoi city. Walk further down and you will see at least 2 quite worn down mini bus (Ford Transit). It is supposed to be only for Vietnam Airline passengers but the driver rarely ask to see the boarding pass. Further down the road, you will be able to take the local airport bus.

From my observation, the mini bus is not owned by Vietnam Airline but more privately managed by individual or small company who has contract & privilege to supply such service. The fare is around USD2 or VND35K/pax. The final destination will be Vietnam Airline office downtown near French Quarters. Travelling time is around an hour due to bad traffic jams at all time. The driver will only move when the mini bus is filled up with 17 passengers (3 rows of 4 passengers each, a row of 3 passengers near the door and another 2 passengers in front seat with driver). Quite packed but what do you expect for just USD2 fare ?

Dec 30, 2009

Friendly lady on the Vientiane-Hanoi bus...

When you arrive in Hanoi in the overnight bus from Vientiane a "friendly" lady will board the bus and tell you that you are about 15km from the center and that the cheapest way to get into town is to go with her with a shared taxi! thats right!!! she offers a 1dollar ride to her hotel in the old quarter and you don`t have to take the room! Take the ride - you won`t get it much cheaper!
When you are there ask her to show you on the map where you are, give her the dollar and look for another place to stay - see "Tourist traps"!
Don`t stay at the HANOI KANGAROO HOTEL!!!!

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Dec 15, 2009

Hanoi Bus

Hanoi bus is the biggest public transportation company in Hanoi.
Just find Bus Stop sign in the streets, prepare 3,000 vnd, jump on the bus, the driver's mate will find you & get the money :) Be sure you get on the right bus, just check where you wanna go cited on the Board or ask anyone around there :)
Easy and cheap!

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Sep 06, 2008

Sleeper Busses

I booked my open (sleeper) bus ticket with Sinh Cafe (the real one) in Hanoi for my whole trip since they are the most reputable company in Vietnam. Since then there is also Hanh Cafe which popularity has grown tramendously and is also the most stiff competitor of Sinh Cafe having built branches across Vietnam. They charge a marginally cheaper price than Sinh Cafe. Worth check out.

The only problem about the sleeper bus is that it has a very tight leg space. Anyone who is taller than 5'7" will have a problem. I am 6'1" and so my ride from Hanoi to Hue for 14 hours wasn't very pleasant but then later found out that I can actually book the seats on the top bunker at the back row (specifically seat number 38) and that gave me loads more leg room.

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Apr 12, 2008
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Getting around Hanoi by bus

Try getting around Hanoi by bus. Its only VND3000-5000 per ride.

The most useful is bus no.9 that goes to Ho Chin Minh Museum every 15 min or so (but be sure to say 'Ho Chin Minh' to the bus driver to confirm you're taking the correct bus). You can take the bus from Boho station at Hoen Kiem Lake, opposite the Tourist Information Centre.

Some useful sites:

- bus routes

- HanoiBus' homepage

- for interactive bus map

Jul 06, 2007

Going to the Airport

(last date took the mini-van - July 4, 2006)

Cheapest way to reach the airport is to take the Vietnam Airlines mini-van.

2 US dollars/head

Location: Quang Trung near Hoan Kiem Lake

Departure time- 5:50 p.m.
Arrival time - 7:10 p.m.

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Mar 25, 2007

Hanoi bus roiutes information

Bus is the cheapest and quite comfortable transport in Hanoi, especially when you want to go around Hanoi for sight seeing.
But in old quarter, the bus can not cover much because the road is quite small.
Right now, most of maps in Hanoi doesn't have bus route so it’s not easy for foreigner to find out the bus information, but you can see the bus information in Hanoibus website
Below the bus routes:

Passenger guide:

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May 11, 2006

Transport provided by Vietnam Airlines

You can take the airport transfer provided by Vietnam Airlines. It will cost you about USD2 for the driver to send you to Vietnam Airlines office in town. If your hotel is on the way, you just need to pay another USD1 for him to drop you at the hotel's door step.

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Apr 26, 2006

Things to Do Near Hanoi

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Indochina Junk

Indochina Junk ran our tour to and of Ha Long Bay. We took the Dragon Legend tour, which is one night. It began with pick up from our hotel (also arranged by IJ) in a luxury van at 7.30am - we were...
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City View Cafe

Having visited Hanoi 5 times,i generally like to visit City view Cafe on the 5th floor over looking Hoan Kiem Lake with a nice Bia Hoi. Sadly over the years i feel the standard of service has gone...
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Ngoc Son Temple

As with many temples in Vietnam there is a souvenir shop which sells religious items and other souvenirs that tourists may be interested in. The usual fridge magnets, books, plates and ornaments can...
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Women's Museum

This interesting exhibition on Hanoi’s street vendors was on display, upstairs, at the Women’s Museum and is well worthy of a visit even if the main museum part, downstairs, isn’t! It exhibits many...
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Old Quarter

In the Old Quarter you will find many ladies with their carrying yokes, especially near Dong Xuan Market. They will wander the streets usually selling vegetables and fruit, often sitting down at the...
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Perfume Pagoda

About a 2hour or 70ks drive from Hanoi, it gives you a chance to see the countryside, and perhaps, breathe in a little cleaner air, although there is smog still here. At the town of Ben Duc, you...
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