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, which houses minimal facilities – 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?
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake, which means "Lake of the Restored Sword", is a small lake located between the Old Quarter and the French Quarter. One the major scenic spots in the city, this lake is central to the Hanoian folklore. In the center of the lake, on an islet, there is a ghostly shrine that pays homage to a golden turtle. According to the local legends, this heroic reptile was said to have reclaimed a magic sword on behalf of its master, the Dragon King, from emperor Lê Lợi who was boating in the lake.
Temple of Literature
Featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote, the Temple of Literature is a temple dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. Within the site, you will find five courtyards, each exuding the atmosphere of higher learning. Grab a book as you head to one of the quiet pavilions for a good read or sit under the shade and sketch a drawing of the scenic landscape. Stroll along the “well of heavenly clarity” and pay homage to the large statue of Confucius. To mark your visit to the Temple, head to one of the souvenir shops where you can purchase little trinkets.
Than Long Water Puppet Theater
Your holiday in Hanoi is not complete if you haven’t watched a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance. See the intricately crafted puppets dance across the water surface as they narrate out stories from traditional Vietnamese myths and folklores. Accompanying the water puppet performance is a small live orchestra, which adds another dimension to the story telling. This fun and goofy entertainment performance is perfect for families with children!
Seoul, South Korea
With its sprawling food streets, clamoring shopping districts, addictive Kpop entertainment and pulsating nightscapes, Seoul assaults your senses in everyway. Here, you can experience the life of the Korean royal family at Changdeokgung Palace and other palace sites. Reenact Korean drama scenes on your camera as you visit the many famous shooting sites around Seoul. Bag the latest styles from Dongdaemun Market, the fashion town that never sleeps or go on an epicurean adventure as you try out authentic Korean cuisines such as the Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Samgyeopsal and Samgyetang. Families with young children will enjoy a visit to entertainment theme parks like Lotte World!
Endowed with a legacy of ancient Buddhist temples, majestic palaces and expansive gardens, Kyoto is home to Japan’s richest culture and refined cuisines. Roam the serene temple grounds of Nanzen-ji and go up to the second story for fine view of the city. Other renowned temple and palace sites worth visiting are Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji. At Fushimi Inari, walk through the arcades of shrine gates that seem to form an endless tunnel through the thickly wooded mountains. Visit Kyoto’s famous geisha district, Gion, where you can enjoy dinner while being entertained by a geisha or a maiko. After dinner, you can take an evening stroll around scenic Shirakawa Area along the canal, which is lined by willow trees and traditional wooden houses. If you want a more authentic Japanese experience, stay in one of the traditional ryokans where you get to soak in onsen baths and enjoy a kaiseki meal.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Home to one of the world’s seven wonders – the Angkor Wat, Siem Reap continues to be one of Asia’s most popular destinations till today. Even with hotels, restaurants and spa resorts popping up around the city to accommodate the influx of tourists, Siem Reap has managed to retain some of its old local charm with the old French shop-houses, shady tree-lined boulevards and the slow meandering river. The main star of Siem Reap, however, remains to be the Angkor Wat. Savor the beauty of the ancient Angkor Civilisation as you explore the magnificent remains and the Angkor National Musuem. Other sites to include the Ta Prohm, the shooting site for movie, Tomb Raider. Here, you can marvel at the dark galleries and pillars that are gripped in the thick roots of trees that soar skyward under a lush green canopy.