Hanoi Airport or Noi Bai International Airport is one of Vietnam’s two main gateways. Operating from Noi Bai International Airport are a number of Vietnamese and international airlines, including Vietnam Airlines, Pacific Airlines, AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, Lao Airlines, Nok Air and Tiger Airways. The airport currently operates one terminal that is running close to full capacity, however expansion plans for a second terminal are already underway. Within the 4-stories passenger terminal, there are minimal amenities, mainly a few small eateries, lounges and duty-free shops. If you need to keep yourself entertained, you can head to cafes providing Wi-Fi service and hook up your devices.
Located 45 km away from the city centre, Noi Bai International Airport is ready accessible by public buses, taxis and private transfers. The cheapest form of commute is the city bus service, with a journey that lasts close to an hour. However this bus service is not operated 24 hours so you may want to opt for a taxi or private transfer if you are traveling late in the night or early in the morning. Passengers who have oversized or bulky luggage may also be denied on board the buses. Other forms of commute take between 30 to 45 minutes to and from the city centre.
Where to go
Wrap up your holiday in Vietnam with a trip to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Halong Bay. The Halong Bay, which translates into “descending dragon bay”, makes for a majestic sight as you find yourself surrounded by towering walls of limestone peaks rising from the emerald waters. Spend night on the Junk Boat Cruises and wake up to breathtaking scenery. Join a guided tour into the Hospital Cave, a natural cavern that once served as a secret hospital during the American War. Explore Cat Ba Island on Halong Bay and engages yourself in a host of activities from kayaking, hiking to rock climbing.
To get a glimpse of the spiritual side of Vietnam, visit the Perfume Pagoda, which is located approximately 65 km southwest of Hanoi. The Perfume Pagoda exudes a sense of placed beauty with its intricate assembly of pagodas and Buddhist shrines built among the limestone walls of Huong Tich Mountain. Within the Huong Tich cave, you can find green stone carvings of Buddha and other deities. For good luck, touch the smooth stalactites and stalagmites that fill the cave. Other scared sites that are worth the visit here are the Thien Chu (Pagoda Leading to Heaven) and Giai Oan Chu (Purgatorial Pagoda).
Delve into the legends and myths behind Vietnam’s history when you make a stopover at Co Loa Citadel, north of Hanoi. The spiral-shaped complex was the first fortified citadel in Vietnam and once served as the capital of the country. Pay your respects at the principle temple en An Duong Vuong, where a sixteenth-century black-bronze statue of a king resides, and the Den My Chau, the princess’s temple. You can also roam the beautiful large courtyard and study some of the archeological finds at site.
Jet out of Vietnam and explore other popular ASEAN destinations such as Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia!
A melting pot of race and religion, Singapore tempts tourists with its exotic mix of Asian flavors. Go on a gastronomical adventure as you try out various local hawker fares around the island, such as Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Satay. Shopaholics can bag the latest fashion styles from Orchard Road, a shopping and entertainment boulevard home to over 5000 retail brands. Nature seekers can head down to Singapore’s award-winning horticultural attraction, Gardens By the Bay, which features two cooled conservatories and a waterfront garden with impressive 9 to 16-stories tall vertical gardens called Supertrees. Families looking to spend some quality time together can spend a day or two in the all-in-one Sentosa Island. Here you can thrill your kids with amusement rides from Universal Studios Singapore or have some wet and wild fun at the Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Top on the list of popular ASEAN destinations is also Bangkok, Thailand. A shopping mecca, Bangkok, is crammed with large shopping complexes and night markets. Shopaholics can find bargain buys at famous shopping haunts such as the Chatuchak weekend market, BoBae market, Platinum Mall and Mahboonkrong. Besides shopping, you can also visit landmarks namely the Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Relieve your body aches with an authentic Thai traditional massage at the Wat Pho massage school or massage parlors that can be found practically everywhere. At sundown, head to Khao San or Royal City Avenue and check out Bangkok’s electrifying night scene.
For some relaxing getaway, head to the idyllic beaches and clear waters of Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia. Sail on a catamaran to some of the coral sites where you can get a glimpse of beautiful untouched marine life. Rent some snorkeling or diving gear and get up close to these natural wonders. For non-swimmers, you can enjoy these sights from the underwater observatory. Besides frolicking in the seawaters, head out to Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) and spend some time in these fresh water rock pools. Visit the other natural landmark on the island, the Gunung Raya, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the island from a the tea house at the top of the mountain.
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