The most economized ways of traveling from Noi Bai international airport to center of Hanoi

If you are not in hurry, let choose some following saving ways to transfer from the airport to the center.

Currently, taxi price for a trip from Noi Bai to Hanoi’s center is about US $15-25 depending on the distance.  Another way is joining with some others which will costs you around US $7 to 12. However, if you travel alone and are not hurried or want to save money, you can choose some of ways below:

Public buses

There are currently 4 buses from the center to Noi Bai including three cheap ones and one high quality.

  • No 7: Depart from Cau Giay station, running through Nguyen Van Huyen, Hoang Quoc Vieta, Pham Van Dong, Thang Long bridge, Vo Van Kiet and T1 terminal stop at Noi Bai and vice versa. The bus departs from Cau Giay at 05 AM and the last one from Noi Bai is at 10.30 PM.

The total time for the trip is about 60 minutes. The problem of this bus is that there are many stops and it is very crowded so sometimes, you will have to stand for the whole trip. Ticket fee: VND 8,000 (US $0.3).

  • No 17: Depart from Long Bien station (on Tran Nhat Duat), going through Chuong Duong bridge, Nguyen Van Cu, Ngo Gia Tu, Duong bridge, Dong Anh town, connecting road no 2, Vo Van Kiet, Vo Nguyen GIap, T1 terminal stop at Noi Bai and vice versa. This bus runs from Long Bien station at 5AM and the latest bus in Noi Bai is 10AM.

The total time for the trip from the starting point to ending point is about 1h45. The good thing of this bus is uncrowded and travelers often have empty seats. Ticket fee: VND 9,000 (US $0.4)

  • No 90: Depart at Kim Ma, through Nui Truc, Lieu GIai, Thuy Khue, Lac Long Quan, Nha Tan bridge, Vo Nguyen Giap, T1 domestic terminal stop at Noi Bai (Departure hall, 2nd floor), T2 international terminal. The bus leaves at 5.30AM to 09.10PM and at Noi Bai international airport from 6.40 AM to 10.30 PM.

The total time for the trip is about 60 minutes and the bus is not crowded. Ticket fee: VND 9,000 (US $0.4).

  • No 86: Depart from Hanoi railway station, through Nguyen Du, Tran Hung Dao, Da Tuong, Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Tre, Long Bien transit point, Yen Phu, Nghi Tam, Au Co, Nhat Tan bridge, Vo Nguyen Giap, T1 domestic terminal (departure hall, 2nd floor), T2 international terminal (departure hall 2nd floor), entrance of parking lot of T1 terminal. The bus runs from Hanoi (from 5.05AM to 9.40PM), to Noi Bai (from 6.18Am to 10.58PM).

The total time for the trip is 60 minutes. This is a high quality bus with large spaces for luggage, dual languages of English and Vietnamese sound system, free wifi and it is not crowded. Ticket fee: VND 30,000 (US $1.5)

Shuttle bus of airlines

The airlines including Vietnam airlines, Vietjet air or Jetstar also provide shuttle bus service from the airport to Hanoi’s center with 16 or 45 seat cars. Even though, you do not take their flights, you can still buy their bus tickets. The buses often park right in front of exit gates so we can find them easily. You should check the price before getting on. In general, these buses have fixed routes, but they are also flexible depending on customers’ requirement.

The ticket fee for these buses are about VND 40,000 (US $2) per person. These buses will park at No 1 Quang Trung, 204 Tran Quang Khai and 69 Tran Nhan Tong.

Truc Bach Lake – the beautiful view in Hanoi

If you have a chance to visit Hanoi, you should go around to find something new about Hanoi’s beautiful lakes. Truc Bach Lake that is located in Northwest of Hanoi’s Old Quarter is one of the wonderful lakes in the capital. It has been attracted many of tourists from over the world because of its charming beauty. This lake is known outside Vietnam as the place where the United States politician named John McCain landed during the Vietnam War after being shot down.

Truc Bach Lake – the beautiful landscape in Hanoi

Sightseeing in Truc Bach Lake

People can see an impressive view of the looming shadow at the far edge when staying in Truc Bach Lake. Starting to go around Truc Bach lake to visit ancient pagodas and the statues that are combined with several significant structures, historic relic and cultural relic as well. Most people who go to Hanoi Travel all are attracted by these architectures around this nice lake. Truc Bach lake along with Ly Tu Trong Park and West Lake might make a harmonious nature and impressive landscapes in Hanoi capital.

Many people might be surprised when getting around this beautiful lake. The banks or the lake were paved with impressive stone and surrounded with tiles. More interestingly, there are many small flower gardens planted around the lake namely roses and daisies. Besides, grass is built around the lake making a green and peaceful atmosphere. The straight rows of willow and bamboo trees also make it more beautiful so.

Activities in Truc Bach Lake

Truc Bach Lake has plenty of funny activities around its banks that you can stop for a coffee, beer or lunch and even getting together. At night, Truc Bach seems to be more attractive through lights. You can walk around Truc Bach lake to explore its beauty by your own way. It is very easy to see many of couples on motorbikes enjoying the sweet night together.

In addition, this is an ideal destination with fine tea and coffee shops that are very romantic. Eating and drinking your favorite dishes like Pho Cuon might be the best. Visiting Truc Bach Lake, you can enjoy a cup of Trung Nguyen coffee at nearby restaurants, or row on the lake to behold the landscape.

Currently, Truc Bach Lake is one of the great spots for domestic and foreign tourists going to Hanoi. This is shaded by flamboyant and tress that constitutes a harmonious complex of beautiful view that fascinate anyone in Hanoi.

In general, Hanoi’s lakes, along with the parks and historical landmarks surrounding them, are exactly worth a visit to Hanoi. If you go to travel to Hanoi, try to get up early as the sun is rising to see how the lake beautiful is. Truc Bach, Hoan Kiem and West Lake especially are very attractive since the sun comes up. Watching the sun set is the best idea to start up a fresh day in Hanoi Travel.

I love Da Lat city.

Why I love Da Lat?

Life is a trip. It is interesting when you have new experience. Discovering the new world or finding new land is very exciting. The life is boring if we don’t have trips. There are many beautiful lands in all over the world. One of them is Vietnam which has many beautiful landscapes. You can find the new experiences and pleasure.

There are many beautiful lands to visit in Vietnam; one of them is Da Lat city. I love Da Lat city a lot. Although, have visited for several times, I still love to come back again.

Da Lat city is very beautiful. The period from November to February is considered as the best time to see flowers. During this period, farmers are harvesting to sell before Vietnamese New Year which makes the atmosphere livelier and more hurly-burly. You can enjoy flowers and explore the local activities here. From March to June, Da Lat has very little rain and is very cool.  Discovering the city at night is also great.

How to travel to Da Lat?

If depart from Ho Chi Minh City, you can travel by car, bus, motorcycle or airplane. Bus and car are quite safe and convenient, but it takes quite a long time up to 4 or 5 hours. The most interesting vehicle is motorcycle. You can discover a lot of things on the way. During the trip if you get tired or want to enjoy the landscape, you could stop at any time. However, it is dangerous if you are not familiar with driving or road in Vietnam.


Where to live and what to see in Da Lat?

Da Lat is a touristy city, but there are many great hotels or resorts namely Edensee Lake Resort & Spa, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, Peace Resort, Dalat Cadasa Resort, Du Parc, Saphir Dalat Hotel… These places are all famous and extremely beautiful and are easy to find. However, if you want to be discounted, you should make reservation in advance.

In Da Lat, there are many wonderful sites to explore such as,

Da Lat city has plenty of wonderful sites to visit. In the center, you can see Da Lat Market (Sheol Market) which is the most famous one and has so many specialties. Bao Dai Palace (also known as Palace III), Dalat Railway Station, Dalat Flower Gardens, Dalat Cathedral (Church Chicken) Highlands Biological Institute/Institute of Biology Dalat, Domaine de Cathedral Marie/Territory Notre Dame, College of Pedagogy Dalat (beautiful architectural wonders built during the French colony) are suggested sites. Besides, valley of Muoi Loi peach flower with many beautiful and strange flowers is very suitable for nature lovers. Furthermore, Linh Phuoc Pagoda is a unique work here which is built with a lot of debris of glasses and being also called Temple bottles.

In the North central zone, there are Love and Spring Valleys, Suoi Vang lake (Golden Spring), Lang Biang Mountain which were all built up by the talented man. Views of nature here is very beautiful and romantic which is suitable dating couples.

Dalat Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam, Prenn Waterfall, Waterfall Datanla are located in the Southern city. Here nature is very beautiful and majestic.

There are numerous delicious dishes in Da Lat such as soup with bread, dirt cake, Light hamlet beef noodle, grilled nem, Strawberry cream, Quang noodle, Café and yogurt, Thanh Tri steamed rice roll…

To sum up, Da Lat has many great things to offer from landscape to food. You should not miss this place during your trip in Vietnam

Profesorbaker talks about Vietnam Travel Agency “Vietnam Original Travel”

Mr Profesorbaker is over 60 years old and as a retiree, he has a lot of free time.  Besides doing garden and go to dancing class, he travels to new destinations every winter or summer.  He was recommended by his friend to visit Vietnam which was a totally new place in South East Asia. Profesorbaker said that when he was searching Vietnam Travel Agency on Google, there were many companies shown. He clicked on each suggestion with the hope to find the best one. Then he made a list of trusted Vietnam Travel agency and emailed to all.

All agencies replied very quickly but some showed the problems with their English capabilities and others were bad when their information seemed to be copied from some websites. Profesorbaker only was impressed at first with Vietnam Original Travel as their information was clear and adequate. They also made a call to him in order to get deeper understanding about his expectation.

The trip with Vietnam Original Travel – the first Vietnam Travel Agency brought profesorbaker a great experience. After the trip, he had detailed reviews on some forums and his own blog which may be helpful to travelers about destinations, how to find good Vietnam Travel Agency, what to do, and what to eat…

Profesorbaker firstly mentioned about an overview of Vietnam as below:

Vietnam lies on the East of the Indochinese peninsula which looks like the letter “S” due to the strip of land shape. Vietnam borders with China to the North, Cambodia and Laos to the West, the East Sea to the East and Thailand Gulf to the West and South. With the coastline of 3260 km long, Vietnam has many beautiful beaches such as Tra Co, Lang Co, Nha Trang, Vung Tau, Ha Tien…Besides, Vietnam also is endowed with a long mountain range of Truong Son (with 2 breathtaking passes, Ngang pass and Hai Van pass) and stunning Bay of Halong (with karst mountain jutting out from the sea and wonderful grottos).

He also described in his own English blog about first destination – Hanoi which is the capital of Vietnam. Professorbaker was impressed by the unique architectures of beautiful colonial villas and old tree lines on boulevards. He had a tour with Vietnam Travel Agency – Vietnam Original Travel here as Hanoi was not easy to discover by himself. There are many places in which visitors need useful information from guides such as Temple of literature, National Museum of history, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Vietnamese Women Museum or the old quarter…

  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum was built in 1975 by the collaboration of engineers from Vietnam and former Soviet Union to keep the remains of President Ho Chi Minh who is the “world cultural activist” and great patriot of Vietnam. The Mausoleum is open to public from Tuesday to Sund Day.
  • Temple of literature was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius and his followers and Chu Van An (a moral figure in Vietnam education). The temple is the first university of Vietnam and was the school for royal family members and later opened to talented students.

Professorbaker advised visitors to spend time on exploring some handicraft villages nearby including Bat Trang pottery, Van Phuc Silk, Dong Ki wood carving…where visitor can get deeper understanding about Vietnam.

The second destination of Mr Professorbaker and was also recommended by many travellers and Vietnam Travel agency which is Halong Bay. Halong is one of the most marvelous destinations in the world with hundreds of historical, cultural and natural relics. Viewed from above, Halong look like a dragon down to land. Halong is recognized as Natural Heritage on 1994 by UNESCO due to its wonderful geographical and geomorphologic values. Visitors are advised by Prfessorbaker to spend 2 days 01 night on cruise for exploring the islands, caves and enjoy great activities such as, swimming, kayaking, boat rowing…

The final destination in the Northern route was Sapa where Professorbaker met ethnic minorities who stayed on hills with their tribes.  He mentioned that the landscape in mountainous areas were amazing with very deep valley with very steep sides made of rock and windy roads. Almost people here could not speak English but some spoke very well, especially sellers.

Sapa is a romantic and beautiful town to the North of Lao Cai province which is famous for numerous tourist attraction including Ham Rong mountain, Silver waterfall, Bamboo Forest and Ta Phin Cave….Visitors to Sapa should find a Vietnam Travel Agency to discover totally unique customs of the locals. In the central town, old and new villas with red roofs appear and disappear in the green rows of p-mu tree which has brought the town the beautiful European towns.  In Sapa, Visitors do not forget to visit market of H’Mong and Red Dao which open every Saturday night. The market is the place for exchanging and trading local products as well as meeting place for young people who are finding partner. This market is locally known as “Cho Tinh – Love market”.

In general, trip to the Northern Vietnam of Professorbaker was amazing. After the tour, he has found that visitors should buy tours from a Vietnam Travel Agency in some places, but we may not need in the others.