Practical Information in Hanoi

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Formal Name:



Social Republic of Vietnam (AKA Vietnam)


Capital of Vietnam


Vietnamese; English is spoken in tourist destinations.


3,344.7 square km


6,500,000 people

Population Density:

1,875 people per sq km


A tourist visa is required for all visitors to Vietnam.


220 V; 50 Hz (occasionally 127 V in older areas)


2-flat blades (with or without grounding pin); 2-round pins (with or without grounding pin); 3-flat blades


Noi Bai International Airport


Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation, but they can be difficult for foreigners who do not speak Vietnamese. Taxis can have a similar problem, but if you carry a map or directions written in Vietnamese you will be okay. Just make sure the driver agrees to use the meter. Always wait for your change or use small bills. Motorbike taxis are plentiful but dangerous. Cyclos (rickshaws) are a good way to travel but can take longer. Regardless of which type of taxi you use, always agree on the payment before getting in. You can rent a vehicle and driver for a day.




Banks will change foreign currency and traveler's cheques. They are usually open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and some are also open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., though not all reopen. Keep in mind that while shops and hotels will change your foreign cash (clean, undamaged bills only) they will not accept traveler's cheques as a rule.


There is an ATM that is compatible with Star and Plus cards located at the ANZ Bank.


The practice of tipping is not compulsory, but is appreciated. Five to 10 percent is more than enough. Keep in mind that restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists will include a 10 percent service charge on the bill. Taxi drivers appreciate a few coins as a tip (watch out, they may just try to keep your change without you offering).


No vaccines are required to enter Vietnam. You may want to carry anti-malarial or anti-diarrhea tablets when visiting Hanoi or other areas in the country.

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UTC + 7; No DST

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Dial 113 in an emergency. Also, please note that you are required to register with the police within 48 hours of arrival in Hanoi if your travel agent has not already done so for you.


Dial 115 in a medical emergency.


Dial 114 to reach the fire department in an emergency.


There are many foreign embassies located in Hanoi. Contact your nearest local embassy in the event of an emergency.

Departure Tax:

When leaving Hanoi on an international flight you will be required to pay a departure tax of $12 USD.






Find a health care provider in the place you travel to is very important. L’Hôpital Français de Hanoi is located at 10 minute drive from Hoan Kiem Lake, the historic and cultural center of the capital city, and in the heart of the great Northern tourist region of Vietnam to the South.
The Hospital is the reference International Medical Center for Northern Vietnam, served by a multi-disciplinary Vietnamese and French team with strong awareness in multi-cultural approach.

The Hospital is at your service to attend emergencies as well as medical and surgical pathologies and ailments within a qualified professional and technical environment.

See more information about the Hospital at:

March 19, 2010 change by tiffanymparker

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