Showing posts from December, 2017

Getting Around Hanoi - Wheels or Heels?

I was really impressed with how easy it was to get around this sleepy capital city in one of the last communist countries in the world. Here's some tips on moving around here!

Getting to the Old Quarter
Upon touching down at Noi Bai International Airport, you may wish to take the airport shuttle (Bus No. 86) that plies along the route between Hanoi's city centre and the airport at a modest fare of VND 30,000 (S$1.90) per person. You will be able to find it near the left end of the taxi stands upon walking out of Terminal 2 (International Terminal).

Just hop onto the bus, drop your bags at the standing area and grab a seat if there's any left. Else, you can just stand around like me and enjoy the air-conditioning and the WiFi to let your family and friends know "I'm in Hanoi!" as the bus journeys down south to the city centre.
Once the bus heads out, the bus conductor will collect the fare from you and hand out the tickets, so there's certainly no rush to p…

Welcome to Hanoi - The Motorcycle Capital!

In this series, I will be sharing with all of you about my ventures in Hanoi during my visit in October/November 2017. Hopefully, my experiences and itineraries will be able to help those of you out there who are planning to visit this charming little city with its unique kampong feel.
First Impressions

Hanoi is located in northern Vietnam and is the capital of the one of the last communist countries in the world. Also the capital of the former socialist state of North Vietnam, it is not difficult to see that communism is deeply rooted in the heart of this city – with the worshipping of their late leader at the symbolic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the statue of Lenin erected in the centre of the city and the stereotypical crimson red banners with familiar communist imagery.

Founded in 1010, Hanoians are celebrating their home’s vibrant history of more than 1000 years as we enter this new millennium. While this city may not be as famous as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) which is commonly mistake…