Hanoi Travel Guide
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WHEN TO GO
Mar-Apr & Sep-Nov Weather is mild and pleasant and great for long strolls.
May-Jul Hanoi at its hottest (28-35ºC) and most humid.
Dec-Feb Hanoi in winter is quite cold sometimes gettting below 10ºC, you won’t be sunbaking on deck at Halong Bay.
If you’re sticking to Hanoi, health issues and quality of medical attention is fine. A bout of stomach illness is not uncommon (take Imodium or similar), but overall traffic accidents are your main worry. Do take these recommended vaccinations
Nationals of United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and some others can get a 15 day visa on arrival. Other nationalities need a visa in advance but you can do this online at Vietnam Visa on Arrival through our visa partner, the most respected Vietnam Visa agent.
LOCAL TIMETime in Hanoi:
Vietnamese Time Zone is (GMT+7) Vietnam has never used daylight saving time.
CURRENT HANOI WEATHER
Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is around 30 kilometres from the city centre via a multi-lane highway. There are buses, taxis and mini-vans that ply this route, but your best bet is to organise a pick-up through your hotel – which you should book in advance (around US$15). Despite the traffic, Hanoi’s a great walking town, particularly when so many taxis are fake versions of Mai Ling taxi service.
Hanoi Daily Costs
Daily Budget Up To:
- Guesthouse/Cheap Hotel: US$3–18
- Noodle street food dish: US$1–3
- Bia Hoi (draught beer): from US$0.30
Daily Budget From:
- Air-con hotel room: US$25–50
- Good local restaurant meal: US$5–10
- Local Taxi Ride: US$2-5
Daily Budget From:
- Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
- Quality 3-course meal: US$25–50
- Internal Flight (eg Hanoi-Danang): US$60–120