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Getting to Hanoi

You can get to Hanoi over-land from elsewhere in the country via train or car, but most people chose to come by plane. Hanoi's small international airport external link (code: HAN) is a little less well served by international airlines than Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors coming from Europe may fly into Bangkok and then on to Hanoi via Thai or Vietnam Airlines. From the Americas, there are flights via Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Malaysia Air System
The Malaysian national carrier flies internationally between Kuala Lumpur and major cities around the world.
Singapore Airlines
The Singaporean national airline flies daily between Singapore and Hanoi.
Thai Airways
The Thai national carrier flies daily to Hanoi from Bangkok.
Vietnam Airlines
The Viet national carrier flies to Hanoi (Saigon) from major cities around the world.

Hanoi Airport Arrivals

Passengers on international flights should be given a two-part customs form to fill out before arrival. On entering the terminal, follow the signs to immigration. You'll need your passport with the visa along with the customs form for immigration. After passing through immigration, you can collect your bags. There's only one baggage carrousel for international arrivals, so there's no confusing where to get your bags. Once you retrieve your bags, you must stop at the customs counter and submit your passport and customs form there. They will keep the top white copy and return your passport along with the yellow copy to you. Be sure to keep the yellow copy with your passport. You will need to submit it on your departure.

Hanoi Airport Transfers

Taxis are easy to get at Hanoi airport. There is a queue just outside the terminal, at roughly the center of the drive. As at all international airports, you should avoid any touts who approach you in the terminal building. Taxis are metered, with the cost of transport to a city center hotel running about 200,000 Dong (