Vietnam is well-equipped with ADSL, and Hanoi vibrates with free wireless hotspots _ even the local noodle shop has 'Wireless Internet' printed on the window. Vietnam is the fastest growing Internet market in Southeast Asia with over 35% of households plugged in to a fast Internet connection. 3G is available and Google Maps displays the smallest nooks and crannies of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Interestingly, Vietnamese women account for 65% of the readers of Vietnam's most popular news websites. Keep in mind that access to political or social networking websites such as Facebook can be erratic due to government controls.
Internet access in Hanoi is affordable and found on nearly every street, especially in the Old Quarter. Expect to pay in the range of VND3,000 per hour for a swift ADSL hook-up. You can also pick up some affordable, prepaid Internet phone cards at many locations in central Hanoi. If you're lurking about the Tourist Information Centre near Hoan Kiem Lake, drop in to use their free Internet service. Keep in mind that some luxury hotels in the capital city may charge a fee for Internet access.