Travel: Thang Long Citadel Visit 1


Thailand-Vietnam

Go
Bangkok – Hanoi
Suvarnabhumi International Airport – Noi Bai International Airport
I go and back with Qatar Airways
Approx 1hr

Away
Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok
Ton Son Nhat International Airport - Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Approx 1hr


Vietnam Airline's Airport Mini Bus: 2USD
From Noi Bai Airport to tourist centre (Huan Kiem District)
1hr or more depending on traffic

There are 5 options:

Vietnam Airline Mini Bus
2USD per person
Depart hourly / 14 rounds
06.00-19.00

I chose this option. The 16 seats bus parked on right side in front of the terminal. The last stop is Vietnam Airline Office at Quang Trung Street just a few metres from south of Huan Kiem Lake. Downside is the bus depart when full that 30min for waiting sometime.

Limousine / Airport Taxi
Convenient and most expensive

Metered Taxi
Think of rush hour or drive around or fake and fast metered in advance.

Transfer service from hotel
From 18USD at the time of my visit
No need to study how to reach the hotel location, suitable for big size and large number of luggage, and kid companions. Hassle free fixed rate.

Hanoi Bus No 07 and 17 (Air Con)
5000VND / Person
05.00-22.00 / Every 15-20min

The cheapest fare with last stop at Kim Ba Bus Station on the west of Hanoi for No 07 and Long Bien Bus Station for no 17 which the nearest to Huan Kiem Lake.

Downside is slowest, hottest and crowded. Beware of pick pocket; one of Thai traveler lost her money and passport.

Click below to read How to do when your passport is lost in Hanoi”.


Around Hanoi

Mostly I traveled on foot

Vietnam is notorious for taxi and moto taxi SCAM. Better to ask the hotels staffs to call metered taxis, they contact the drivers regularly and select the reliable for customers.
Mai Linh and Hanoi Tourist Taxi are acceptable.
Moto taxi and cyclo need to agree on price beforehand.

For me I did much homework about traveling and transportation in Vietnam. Google map could provide the directions and distance. Knowing the distance of our destinations is importance. Asking the locals may not the good idea.

I stayed on Hang Dieu Street in Old Quarter on the half way from Huan Kiem Lake to Thang Long Citadel. I reached both areas on foot. The last night I stayed at hotel on Ngo Quyen Street on the east side of Huan Kiem Lake. So I walked around the Opera House area conveniently.

For more information about transportation in Vietnam according to my experiences, please click articles below.


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