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HaNoi travel tips

Posted by brucemoon on 27/4/2009 at 15:08

Hello

For those interested, here are two travel tips for HaNoi.

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Travel tip 1.

There is a shuttle bus between HaNoi airport and the Old Quarter operated for Vietnam Airlines. The cost is 25000VN dong in early am/pm and 35,000VN dong during the middle of the day.

A taxi will cost about 175,000VN dong for a one way trip.

The Vietnam Airlines shuttle bus (a 15 seater Toyota van) picks up outside the Domestic terminal about every half hour.

The bus leaves from outside the Vietnam Airlines office on P. Quang Trung (at the corner of P. Trang Thi) with the booking office directly opposite the Vietnam Airlines office (generally) on the half hour.

You can pre-pay or pay on enter. But, for pay on enter, priority is given to Vietnam Airlines passengers.

The trip takes anywhere between a half to one hour - depending on traffic!

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Travel tip 2.

There are many many taxi companies in HaNoi.

Many have VERY suspect meters and Travelfish is replete with stories about taxi scams in HaNoi.

There is apparently one company that is 'honest' (if that can ever be a measure in Vietnam).

There is only one taxi company that locals use: Hanoi Taxis.

Don't be fooled with Hanoi Tourist Taxi, or Tourist Hanoi Taxi.

Remember that if you want a taxi (and it can be a very cheap way for local travel) ONLY use Hanoi Taxis.

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Cheers

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Posted by daawgon on 7/5/2009 at 00:37

There are other bus services at Noibai that one can take into the central city - the Kumho and Jetstar buses, and also at 25,000VND (they operate during daylight hours only)

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Posted by waterbeo on 8/5/2009 at 00:18

Posted from within Vietnam.

:)) I myself prefer Mai Linh taxi.
From NoiBai to the city center, it's a half cheaper as from city to the airport. :)
To other taxi company, a package from the airport to city or vice versa, normally at VND250000/trip.

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Posted by brucemoon on 8/5/2009 at 06:31

EVERYBODE

waterbeo

is a 'would be' travel agent.

Mai Linh taxi is renowned as being the worst taxi operator. Some years ago, I went to a cafe in a Hanoi taxi. The meter showed 16,000VN dong.

I grabbed a Mai Linh taxi for the return. The meter for the same distance showed 140,000VN dong. I told the driver to call the police as he was cheating. Fortunately he drove off. Others have said they've not been so lucky.

NEVER go in a Mai Linh taxi.

cheers

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Posted by TheGoose on 8/5/2009 at 16:46

Posted from within Vietnam.

Mai Linh are terrible.

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Posted by chithanh119 on 9/5/2009 at 11:09

Posted from within Vietnam.

Thanks for your nice tip

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Posted by Archmichael on 17/5/2009 at 10:25

Brucemoon:
Second all that --- used Ha Noi Taxi a few times with no problems. Mai Linh, though, ripped off coming back from the Ethnography Museum and dropped well short of destination.

Happy Trails!

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Posted by Vxh on 7/4/2010 at 11:01

Not sure about Hanoi (personally I prefer Saigon over Hanoi) but as far as in Saigon, MaiLinh & Vinasun has been my preferred taxis. Best customer service thus far within Saigon and have not had one that cheated me the whole time I was there(1 month). I'm not really sure how reliable Mailinh is in Hanoi but personal experience has shown that Mailinh is good in Saigon & outside Saigon. I have gotten scammed by some kind of green color(fully green) taxi in Hanoi, his meter was flashing like mad. I winked at my friend and requested the driver to pull over quickly. Keep an eye on the meter and how fast it goes up from various taxi rides and you will be able to spot the crooked ones easily.

If you ever get in an argument with the taxi, tell them you will call the police right now if they continue to harass you. If that doesn't scare them away, walk to a nearby restaurant or hotel and request that they call the cop(this should usually scare them away already). Bring an unlocked cellphone with you and buy a SIM for a local number( fairly cheap). You can use your cellphone to call the police or scare them with it. Most crooked taxi driver will not stick around in the present of local police(some police will help if you tip them :P...).

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Posted by travellingsarah on 9/4/2010 at 13:26 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Personally, I've never had a problem with Mai Linh in Hanoi, and was told they were reliable. Guess I must just be lucky! Had trouble with other operators though - we've now taken to agreeing a price up front when travelling late at night. It might cost a few '000 more but at least you don't have to worry about it and won't end up jumping out in the middle of nowhere at midnight.

When we have been scammed we've either just got out and not paid or told him we're getting out and negotiated a fixed price for the journey at that point.

As previously said - you just need to keep an eye on the meter and shout up if you can see it's speeding.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 9/4/2010 at 13:26 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Personally, I've never had a problem with Mai Linh in Hanoi, and was told they were reliable. Guess I must just be lucky! Had trouble with other operators though - we've now taken to agreeing a price up front when travelling late at night. It might cost a few '000 more but at least you don't have to worry about it and won't end up jumping out in the middle of nowhere at midnight.

When we have been scammed we've either just got out and not paid or told him we're getting out and negotiated a fixed price for the journey at that point.

As previously said - you just need to keep an eye on the meter and shout up if you can see it's speeding.

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Posted by violets on 19/8/2010 at 19:25

You can also get the regular buses around Hanoi. The number 2 bus is particularly useful, going out past the temple of Literature and the Army museum.

Bus 14 goes to the museum of ethnography and goes about every 10 minutes, leaving from the top of Ho An Kim lake. Get a bus map and go out exploring, just to see a whole bunch of different areas of hanoi; it's a big city and so different away from the tourist area.

Buses cost 3000vnd. For 5ooovnd you can go to Bat Trang pottery village or Coa Loa.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 20/8/2010 at 14:48 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

BTW - shuttle buses to and from the airport (either Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar or the private ones) are now 30,00VND.

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