“Hanoi on the cheapest way to travel”

Please consider this as a cheat sheet. You’re welcome.

Perhaps, you have finally decided to tell your friends that you’re planning to travel in Vietnam, specifically Hanoi, which is a great place for a non-stop traveler. Because of its appealing combination of an old and modern architecture. If you wanna see Paris in Asia, this is the place to go. But wait,  you’re not willing to splurge too much for an international experience to get yourself on the road.

But hey, you don’t need to be rich to travel and experience the handiworks of God. All you need is research, research, and research to get some ideas and just look out into the activities that you just wanted to do in certain countries ahead of time and determine how much things were going to cost to save time and money.

Some of the ideas below might help you that Granny would approve of for being a budget conscious person.
1. Book tickets from airline site rather than a travel site

If you want to land a good deal within your budget, booking plane tickets directly from the airline’s website often offers the lowest or near-lowest price of your desired destinations. For the record, Vietjet and Jetstar are two common low-cost airlines in Vietnam but I prefer Vietjet because they have online check-in and self-check-in counter available at the airport in Hanoi to get rid of queues. With a self-check-in machine, you can print out your boarding pass and go directly to customs check, go on board and enjoy the flight. But if you do have a heavy luggage, you can simply be handed over your boarding pass at Skyboss lane (priority pass lane of Vietjetair)  and they will make all the check-in as usual.

 

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TIP: Don’t book a seat when BOOKING online for you to save from $1 to $3.But do that when CHECKING in online within 48 hours before departure time to choose your desired seat without paying any charge.

2.ORANGE is the new bus

One of the foolish things I’ve done thus far just to find ways to save money and time coupled with odd experience was to sleep at the airport, get the last-minute booking to stay and simply wait the next day to catch this orange bus, which I ended up laughing at myself with circles around my eyes. Pretty dope!
Anyhow, I found myself standing outside the domestic terminal(TERMINAL 1) with the orange signpost and went on board as early as 6:30 in the morning that costs me only 30,000 VND ($ 1.30) per person.

This orange bus runs frequently from Noi Bai Airport to City Center and vice versa daily and it takes about 55 minutes depending on where you want to get off and if you’re caught in a traffic jam.

Granted that you’re coming outside Vietnam (from Noi Bai Airport Terminal 2). You can proceed to the stand no 2 outside the terminal, then cross the road and the bus stop is just right there. It is opposite the stand no 02.
Schedule:

Noi Bai airport: 6.18 – 22:58; every 25-30 mins
Route: Bus from Hanoi city center to Noi Bai Airport: Hanoi Railway station – Hoan Kiem Lake – Long Bien bus station – Nhat Tan Bridge – Noi Bai Airport (Vice versa)

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TIP: Ask help from the assistants inside the bus to drop you off in your desired destination. You don’t have to worry because they can speak English and the tourists can enjoy the free wifi that is available on the bus.

3. Ditch the hotel and go with the flow

One of the essentials, when you’re planning to travel, is to know exactly which area and hotel/hostel that’s best for you and hassle-free, really.

The ideal place to stay in Hanoi is the heart of the ‘Old Quarter'(Hoan Kiem District), particularly in Ma May Street not to mention this is known for cheap hotels and backpacker hostels. But if you want to find the ultimate comfort with top quality beds and linen with bar and lounge. I highly recommend Funky Jungle Hostel which offers good quality service with friendly staff and an easy lot to find the orange bus NO.86 back to the airport since you can just simply spot the bus at the back of the hostel.

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You have to turn right from the hostel and go straight until you reach the first block and take that block down to the Ly Quoc Su Street that appears in the picture. Once you arrived on this certain spot, you have to cross the road.  (The picture is not mine)

TIP: Just pick a hostel/hostel that provides according to your needs or wants without breaking your bank.BTW, you can book online thru booking.com, Agoda, Hostelworld or go directly thru their website.

4. Cloud Nine foods
You can’t walk far without stumbling on bun cha or pho anywhere, which are very common and easy to find.But if you’re on the go for something different but tasty, you should try “pho tron at 65 Lan Ong Street, which is known for the chicken street. It’s a dry type noodles dish that includes dried beef, pork chops, bean sprouts, dried onion and other raw vegetables and finished it with peanuts and dried herbs served in a sour and sweet sauce made from fish sauce, which they keep it as a secret.
And you can stop at Trang Tien Ice cream shop at t No. 35 Trang Tien Street for the best dessert after your dinner on super delicate and fresh dry noodles. This is just a perfect melt on your mouth, not in your hand unless you have two in your both hands.

You will surprise by the crowd who are fervently lining up just to get the best ice cream in town. I’m pretty sure, you will never miss the green banner sign outside the ice cream shop.

TIP: Don’t feel awkward when getting two cones of ice cream or a bowl of noodles, when you still want more. HAHAHA . It’s okay ’cause nobody knows you.

5. Prioritize things that are easy to explore

Hanoi is the home to French-inspired architecture, broad boulevards coupled with street foods and markets. But the expansive lakes and Buddhist pagodas are the most visited places in the center of Hanoi that includes Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, which is very scenic and sits on an island on Hoan Kiem Lake

And staying in the Old Quarter, one must wander around this ultimate maze of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and simply people watch, which is one of my favorite things to do or you can hit the weekend Night Market to get cheap souvenirs for your family and friends back home.

TIP: If you are carrying a purse, have it in front of you. Do not carry loads of cash or your passport around with you.

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Making the most out of it while staying in the center of Hanoi.

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And staying in the Old Quarter, one must wander around this ultimate maze of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and simply people watch, which is one of my favorite things to do or you can hit the weekend Night Market to get cheap souvenirs for your family and friends back home.

TIP: If you are carrying a purse, have it in front of you. Do not carry loads of cash or your passport around with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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