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  • Essentials

    Here is where you will find all the basic information you need on travelling to and around Hanoi. ... Read more.

  • When’s the best time to visit Hanoi?

    Don’t be fooled by the fact Hanoi is in Southeast Asia and think shorts and T-shirts are good to go all year round. Hanoi has four seasons, and as the city’s in the northern hemisphere, that means the chilly winter starts in December and steaming summer hovers around July and August. ... Read more.

  • How much will I spend in Hanoi?

    While Vietnam is still a cheap place to visit, relative to costs outside of the region, inflation has recently been the highest in Asia: it peaked at more than 22 percent year on year in 2011 and clocked in at 14 percent in March 2012. ... Read more.

  • Avoiding scams in Hanoi

    Hanoi is probably known for being home to more scams than average in Southeast Asia. Here's what to watch out for to help you avoid them. ... Read more.

  • Avoiding taxi scams in Hanoi

    Taxi cheats are probably the one thing travellers complain most about in Hanoi. ... Read more.

  • Getting robbed in Hanoi

    If you are robbed in Hanoi, what should you do? A few tips on the importance of making a police report and keeping your passport safe. ... Read more.

  • Surviving Hanoi traffic on foot

    Hanoi is one of the craziest places in Southeast Asia to roam the streets, whether on some form of transport or on foot. Here's how to get out alive. ... Read more.

  • Medical care

    So the worst happens and you’re involved in an accident or get sick in Hanoi. Here's what to do. ... Read more.

  • Dentists and dental care

    Whether you’re struck with toothache or looking for some cheap repair or enhancement work, Hanoi has its fair share of dental clinics willing to help. ... Read more.

  • Getting a haircut in Hanoi

    Neatly groomed hair might not be a priority when backpacking, but most of us need a haircut once in a while. So where’s a good place to get a haircut in Hanoi? ... Read more.

  • Safety in Hanoi

    Hanoi remains a relatively safe city for visitors, but being aware of some typical hazards will increase the likelihood of you having a hassle-free stay. Here are some things to beware of. ... Read more.

  • How to get a local SIM card in Hanoi

    It’s really cheap and easy to get a Vietnamese SIM card when you get to Hanoi, and if you’re in the country for a while it’s probably worthwhile, particularly if you plan to book hotels in advance. ... Read more.

  • How to get a Cambodian visa in Hanoi

    Getting a visa on entry to Cambodia from Vietnam at one of the international border crossings is straightforward. ... Read more.

  • How to get an Indian visa in Hanoi

    If you’re travelling extends beyond SE Asia and into India, you can sort out a 6 month visa for India in Hanoi. ... Read more.

  • How to get a Laos visa in Hanoi

    For most nationalities, 30-day tourist visas for Laos are available on arrival at airports and most land crossings. ... Read more.

  • How cold does it really get in Hanoi?

    With the temperature dropping notably over the last week and my friend calling me this morning to ask where she could buy a heater, I thought it was an appropriate time to comment on the frequently asked question: “How cold does it get in Hanoi?“. ... Read more.

  • Buying a motorbike helmet in Hanoi

    Wearing a helmet on a motorbike has been law in Vietnam since 2007. This applies to drivers and passengers over the age of six. Officials estimate that about 90% or riders now comply with this law and, given they save lives, you’d be daft not to wear one too. ... Read more.

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