The cab companies you can be sure to give you a fair deal are: Hanoi Taxi, Taxi CP, and Mai Linh. The shuttle bus from the airport is about VND 40,000 ($2 USD). The bus is the cheapest method and usually will cost you VND 5,000 (25 cents USD); they won’t take your luggage without an additional fee standard is VND 3,000 (14 cents). Scooter Taxis are also a popular way to get around, but you need to make sure they provide you with a helmet for your safety. You can expect to pay VND 10,000 to 15,000 (50 to 75 cents USD).
About Hanoi Airport
Hanoi, Vietnam airport abbreviated HAN is located in Hanoi the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red River and as of 2010 the city is 1000 years old. During the summer you can expect hot humid weather, during the fall the weather is very pleasant, the winter is cold and humid and spring brings rain. Most people in Hanoi only speak a little English, so hiring an English speaking guide maybe necessary.
Hotels near HAN
If you’re doing Hanoi on the cheap stay at Especen Hotel which has really good service or Hanoi Backpackers’ Hotel a Aussie-run hostel. If you can afford to spend a little more stay at the Hanooi Elegance Emerald or the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.
Things to Do in Hanoi
There is a lot to see and do here even if by foot. The old Quarter’s streets are lined with souvenir and and snack shops. You can check out the night market on Friday’s and Saturday’s after 7pm. Other popular activities include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Hoa Lo Prision, and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. If you want to tour the city catch one of the "green" carts and electric cart you can hire to take your tour. There are Internet cafes all over the city if you need a quick connection. In Hanoi they love their beer and coffee. Most places take cash only, but that’s ok because ATMs are everywhere.
A lot of people write about eating cobra blood wine and dog meat, but these are very rare and even most of the local don’t eat them. A trip to Hanoi is not complete without a bowl of pho. You can order chicken (ga) and beef (bo). If you’ve eaten pho before you’ll note that in Hanoi it differs; the noodles are larger and the brother is sweeter. Your vegetables may even differ from what you are used to.