Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Dong Xuan market, selling household goods and street food.Read more
Guesthouses are convenient for local calls within Hanoi. For international services, Skype offers the cheapest rates, either via a wi-fi hotspot or on shared computers in guesthouses and hotels.
Hanoi transportation is improving rapidly in terms of both quantity and quality. When you travel long distance from one province to another, airplane, buses from credited travel agency and train are the safer options.
Hanoi has many ATMs, and on the main roads around Hoan Kiem Lake are international banks where you can change money and get cash advances on credit cards. Some ATMs limit the amount you can withdraw to only 3,000,000d. ANZ and HSBC ATMs are usually more generous.
A valid passport and a visa are required for all foreigners visiting Vietnam. Vietnam Visas are issued by Vietnamese embassies and consulates or Vietnam Department of Immigration. Some overseas offices of Vietnam Tourism and Vietnam Airlines are able to issue tourist visas.