Hanoi Travel Guide


The overview of this essay:

You wonder if how much money I should bring for a trip in Vietnam or the price of goods is cheap or it is easy to find a good accommodation in Hanoi,… A range of questions you appear before deciding to book Vietnamese tour. We supply detail information about traveling expenses, accommodation expenses, entrance expenses or food in Hanoi.



For foreigners, Vietnam-For foreigners, Vietnam is a country which has travelling expenses much cheaper than other countries. It may be a special point which appeals to them much. If you want to get a sense of how much you will spend in Hanoi, the first thing you need to know is the exchange rate between Dong (Vietnam’s currency) and USA Dollar.
– At the present time, 1USD = 1$ = 22.680.000 Dong. It’s roughly equivalent to a bowl of noodle) in Vietnam. Remember that you can exchange USD to VND at almost Banks and ATM in Vietnam.
– What will happen If you do not exchange toVND ?
When you buy some food, books, goods in Vietnam, and you pay by USD you’re likely to be cheated because salesman tends to round the value of Dollar down.
For example: If you buy a bowl of noodle 20.000 dong they will charge you 1 dollar
Instead of paying you back the change : 2.680 dong. Be careful with it.
-You know that, there will be many things you have to pay for when you are in Vietnam such as: money for a good accommodation or hotel, meals, traffic and other kinds of goods

  1. Travelling Expenses:
    The fuel prices always change by the day which leads to transport expenses considerable increase. Taxi, grab bike or train, plain fare is also higher than before.
    This is the current Price quotation for a Firm of taxi and grab bike in Vietnam
    You can choose taxi or grab bike for your journey.
  2. Taxi Price:


Kinds of taxi Price for opening car Price for next kms Price from the 31th km
Taxi kia Morning 10.000đ= 0,4$ 13.600đ=0.6$ 11.000đ=0.48$
Taxi Huyndai i10 10.000đ=0,4$ 13.800đ=0,608$ 11.500đ=0.507$
Taxi Huyndai verna 11.000đ=0,48$ 14.800đ=0,65$ 11.600đ=0.5$
Taxi Innova J 11.000đ= 0,48$ 15.800đ = 0,7$ 13.500đ=0.6$
Waiting time 45.000/h = 2$/hour
Price for the first 2 km 12.000đ = 0.5$
Price from the 2th km 3.800đ/km= 0,2$/km

Moreover, in the area of Hanoi, I recommend that you should use bus- a very cheap, convenient and available transport in Hanoi only 7.000 VND for a fare. However, keep off the bus because it is too congested in rush hour. For suggestion, you can also discover Hanoi streets as well as do sightseeing by walk. Certainly, it is a good chance for you to taste some street food or drink lemon juice on pavement with local people. It must be interesting. Enjoy it!

  1. Renting A Motorbike:

It will be more and more interesting If you have intention of renting a motorbike and drive it on the way of Hanoi with a continuous line of traffic
However, Be careful with traffic in Vietnam
If you go far from Hanoi, you will see the big gap between complex life and simple life of rural area and you’ll be coursing through some of the most amazing, remote countryside
How much will you pay for renting a motorbike in Hanoi ?
The price for renting a motorbike in Hanoi fluctuate from 150.000 -> 200.000 per day ( 7$-> 9$). Remember that you have to take the helmet when driving and refuel it before return.
The price for renting a bicycle is about 1$ per day.



Depending on what class of Hotel you would like to live at. The expenses will fluctuate from 20$ -> 30$ per day for first- class hotels and 10$-> 15$ for medium- class hotels. You should know that, Vietnam Government will not license hotel to accept foreigner without offering air- conditioner, fridge,  private bath, cable TV and so on. And you can demand it if your hotel you rent doesn’t equip.
If you a student and someone else and you want to frugal as much as possible then you look for signs “ Nhà Nghỉ” “ Nhà Trọ”… It will cost you only 5$->7$ per night with enough amenities (soap, shapoo, toothbrush, fresh tower, ect)



Maybe foods, souvenirs and goods in Vietnam….will charge you more than other services because of its immense charm. Hanoi streets food is one of the famous and traditional kind of eating, with a wide range of dishes for all the class of people and some dishes are only 5000đ-> 10.000đ ( >1$). You can freely choose what you want for your meals. You also can eat local or Western food of food of your country in Hanoi. I have a tip for you that: go out and enjoy Vietnamese street foods, traditional foods If must be cheaper than food provided from Hotel.
I would like to recommend a list of street foods which are traditional and famous food in Vietnam.


  1. Pho
    Sometimes you see on the Advertisement boarding : PHO BO NAM DINH
    Nam Dinh is a city of Vietnam which PHO starts from ! And of course, Pho Bo is a speciality dish of Nam Dinh. There are two main kind of Pho: beef noodle and chicken noodle
    A fragrant bowl of Pho is about 20-> 30.000 dong ( 1$-> 1,5$) will nearly fill up your belly
  2. Bun Cha
    Bun Cha is in the list of 10 most delicious and street food in the world.
    It brings deep flavor of a traditional food in Hanoi. With a plate strings of pasta, grilled meat, a special sauce and other ingredient such as: chilli sauce, peanut and salad, It must satisfies the hardest person who once tried Bun Cha.
    A portion of Bun Cha has price of 25.000-> 30.000 (1$ -> 1.3$)


  1. Egg Coffee
    A cup of egg coffee is about 1$ -> 2$ with the great flavor of egg attracting the interest of visitors. Instead of hesitating, let go the Old Quarter and enjoy one of the most delicious beverage.
  2. Beer In Hanoi
    Apart from Eggs Coffee, beer also an ideal choice for you in the summer of Hanoi. A cup of Hanoi beer with ice, oh my god it’s so excellent.


  1. Oversea Foods
    Moreover, you can also find western- style food. You will looking at 4$->5$ for a small pizza, a plate of pasta and about 5$-> 6$ for an Indian dish with flat bread, and a steak imported from New Zealand will cost 300,000 to 600,000 VND (20 to 40 USD).
    An average minimum to budget per day would be 140.000 (6,5$) for a person.  Better to think of 10 USD per day If you don’t want to miss out any local food in Hanoi.
    How about Tabaco in HanoiIf you want to try the flavor of local Cigarette, don’t hesitate. You can go to any grocery store and bring it back will only 10,000 -> 20,000 (0.5-> 1$) for a pack of butts depending on what kind of Cigarette you like to smoke (Thang Long or Vinataba Cigarettes)
    Moreover, for someone who doesn’t like those kinds of cigarette, let buy other kinds of cigarette at grocery store. It will cost you more than local cigarette about 1$, 2$ and even 3$
    .Black Captain: 72k /pack
    . Black Devil: 55k /pack
    . Black Mild: 100k /pack
    . Black Captain 8: 100k /pack
    . Black Captain 25: 35k /cigarette
    . RichMond: 45k /pack
    . Mond apple, strawberry, grape: 35k /pack
    . Raison icepresso, Raison sunpresso : 75k /pack
    . Camel: 55k/pack
    . Cigar mini Villiger: 140k /pack
    . Cigar Cafe Creme: 130k /pack
    . Zest Korea: 40k /pack
    . Jet Thai: 35k /pack
    . Gudang 16: 70k /pack



It is will great that you come to Hanoi without enjoying the beauty of many famous places there, so let enjoy it.
This is the list of entrance fee for some famous places in Hanoi:

Thang Long citadel : 30.000 dong/ adult
Literature of Confucius: 30.000dong/ adult
Quan Thanh temple:10.000dong/ adult

Ngoc Son temple: 30.000dong/ adult
MaisonCentral (Hoa lo prison) 30.000dong/ adult
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: 15.000dong/ adult
Fine Arts of Museum: 20.000dong/ adult
Vietnam Museum of ethnology : 40.000dong/adult
National Museum of Vietnamese History: 40.000dong/adult
Vietnam Military History Museum: 40.000dong/adult

Perfume Pagoda : 50.000dong/ ticket
Ferry fee: 35.000dong/ return- trip ticket
High class ferry fee: 40.000dong/ return-trip ticket
Suspension cable fee: 90.000đong/ return-trip ticket
Thu Le Park: 10.000dong/ ticket

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