Travel Date: November 2014
We were coming to Hanoi from Bangkok, which was about an hour and 40-min travel (via AirAsia), and we arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) at around 8:40 in the morning (FYI: Manila is one hour ahead of Hanoi; but there is no time difference between Bangkok and Hanoi).
Going through the usual immigration clearance was, to me, not very strict in this airport, as they did not even provide a disembarkation/embarkation card/form to fill up.
Tips at the airport
If you’re traveling to Hanoi, it’s best to have your money in US dollars since I think they do not exchange for Philippine peso here (nor did I see any money exchange shops around Hanoi that exchange for peso). Also, it’s better to have your US dollars exchange to Vietnamese Dong (VDN) in here as they have higher exchange rates in the airport. Vietnamese Dong is really confusing for me because of the many zeroes of their money denomination, so be sure to check your bill before paying for anything.
Getting a Taxi at the airport going to Old Quarter
One option is to have your hotel arrange for a taxi pick-up from the airport, which saves you the hassle of finding one outside the arrival area, especially if you’re arriving late at night.
In our case, we opted to get a taxi on our own since it’s daytime and we didn’t have a strict schedule to follow that day. Head straight outside the arrival area and you will immediately see a queue of public taxis. Make sure to choose a metered taxi (flag rate is VDN12,000). Plus, I highly suggest that you prepare a printout of the name and address of your hotel in Vietnamese characters in case your taxi driver is not an English speaker.
From the airport to our hotel in Old Quarter (Luong Ngoc Quyen Street) is about 40-45 min ride, which cost us VDN390,000 (about PhP820).