Hanoi is the political capital of Vietnam and historically has a reputation for being a reserved city. Keeping in mind the prevailing conservative customs, be on your best behaviour and dress modestly. The liberated spirit of Ho Chi Minh City may not seem far away, but there is a distinct difference in social mores between Vietnam's two largest cities. When you stroll through Hanoi, make sure to keep your belongings close. Throughout the city, especially in tourist hotspots like the night market in the Old Quarter, pickpockets and professional thieves go to great lengths to unburden you of your possessions. Be mindful of their practiced expertise; do not become an easy target. Although Hanoi is a very safe city by world standards, it pays to keep your radar on.

Most of your destinations in Hanoi are within walking distance, but for further sites or hotter days, hop on the bus, grab a taxi or take a ride on a xe om. If you ride a motorbike, be sure to wear a helmet and keep your bag, purse, backpack and mobile phone close at hand. It may seem like there is a lot to consider and worry about, but don't let practical considerations bog you down; there is little to no violent crime in Hanoi. Keep an alert, open mind and you'll discover a flock of friendly locals willing to assist you at every turn and enough dazzling sights to distract. Be smart, be safe, and most of all, enjoy yourself!

Need to Know in Hanoi

Embassy Listing in Hanoi

Embassy Listing in Hanoi - Vietnam. This table includes some (not all) of the Embassy's in Ha Noi. To Dial ...

Mail

The postal system in Hanoi and much of Vietnam is fairly reliable. Don't seal your parcels before taking them to ...

City Bus Service

Scam-free, cheap, but a bit challenging to comprehend at first, the buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and surprisingly comfortable. ...

Airlines

Local Airlines There are four carriers offering domestic flights in Vietnam. Flights are relatively cheap and are a faster and ...

Trains

The signature route of Vietnam Railways is still the north-south line known as the Reunification Express. Numerous Reunification Express services ...

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City Bus Service

Scam-free, cheap, but a bit challenging to comprehend at first, the buses in Hanoi are relatively fast and surprisingly comfortable. ...

Debit / Credit Cards

An increasing number of Hanoi outlets accept MasterCard and Visa, but the capital city is still a cash-based economy. American ...

Trains

The signature route of Vietnam Railways is still the north-south line known as the Reunification Express. Numerous Reunification Express services ...

Phones

Vietnam's GSM 900/1800 network is compatible with most of Asia, Europe and Australia, but not North America. In Hanoi you ...

Airlines

Local Airlines There are four carriers offering domestic flights in Vietnam. Flights are relatively cheap and are a faster and ...

Motorbikes

Saigon's motorbike and car traffic doesn’t really flow so much as swarms and lurches in waves. If you travel to ...

Pharmacies

Although the selection of popular pharmaceutical drugs available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City pharmacies is good, you would ...

Travellers' Cheques

Keep a reasonable amount of cash on your person as travellers' cheques can only be exchanged at authorised foreign exchange ...

ATM

Most major foreign-issued credit and debit cards are accepted at ATM's in Hanoi and HCMC. Travelers can access Plus and ...

Embassy Listing in Hanoi

Embassy Listing in Hanoi - Vietnam. This table includes some (not all) of the Embassy's in Ha Noi. To Dial ...

Xe Om

Xe om literally means, 'motorbike hug'. Catching a xe om is an easy, affordable and fun way to see the ...

Mail

The postal system in Hanoi and much of Vietnam is fairly reliable. Don't seal your parcels before taking them to ...

Cyclo

This passenger bicycle is leisurely propelled through Hanoi's maelstrom of traffic by a cheerful driver on a raised seat behind ...

Hospitals/Clinics

Hanoi is home to a number of international-standard hospitals and clinics that treat minor ailments. They take walk-ins, but it ...

Taxis

Want to know the number one rule for taking a taxi in Hanoi? Make sure your driver starts the meter, ...

Dental Clinics

Vietnam is one of the cheapest places in the world to receive world-class dental treatment. There are a number of ...

Currency Exchange

It is probably a good idea to bring a stash of U.S. Dollars with you if most of your time ...

Internet

Vietnam is well-equipped with ADSL, and Hanoi vibrates with free wireless hotspots _ even the local noodle shop has 'Wireless ...

Electronics

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