If Saigon is the frenetic, commercial heartbeat of Vietnam, then verdant and historic Hanoi is the sedate, intellectual soul of the country. Its leafy boulevards, serene lakes and sweeping white French colonial architecture set the scene as tourists and locals go about their business at a pleasingly civilised pace.
||Vietnamese dong (VND)
VND10,000 ~ US$0,43
||Nhan Dan (State newspaper, also available online in English)
Vietnam News (English daily)
The Vietnam Investment Review (English business publication)
Word Hanoi (English publication for expats in Hanoi)
||Shops are generally open from 8-8.30 to 21.00, 22.00, but can close for lunch for one or two hours. Banks are open Monday-Friday from 7.30-8.00 to 11.30 and from 13.00-16.00, and are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Governmental offices are open 7.30-16.30, excluding a one-hour lunch, Monday-Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
||7 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem
Opening hours: 8.00-21.00
+84 4 9263366