5 Things to Advois before traveling in Vietnam – Avoiding scams in Hanoi

Hanoi is known as the capital of Vietnam and is one of the most developed city of Vietnam tourism industry. Hanoi is famous for 36 streets and a lot of famous historical sites such as Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Temple of Literature, One pillar Pagoda. In addition, Hanoi street food is also very special and is highly rated by many cuisine magazines in the world. Hanoi is also one of the safest destinations in the world. However, there are still exist bad things such as robbery, fraud … Now, we will point out 5 things that you should never miss when you are going to Hanoi, in the hope that you have a perfect trip.

I) 5 Things to avoid When walking in the streets in Hanoi

  1. First up, survey your surroundings. Remember that traffic in Vietnam drives on the right-hand side of the road. When you are on the road, you always have to look around before crossing the road. Because in Hanoi, the means of transport seem rarely give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the minor road. Only if you feel safe, you should go and do not use mobile phone.
  2. You should always take your private property such as mobile phone, camera, money ,… with you. That would be a nice way to be safer, you should wear a bag in front of the chest.Because some thieves often take advantage of your backpack to pick your pocket.
  3. When you want to buy something like food, souvenirs, clothes and the first thing you should ask price before buying. Because in Hanoi, a lot of sellers often say higher prices for tourists than local peoples. You can make a bargain and pay the price from low to high, until you feel that it is suitable for the value of the product.
  4. You want to take Taxi or Motor taxi but you do not know the name of the famous and safe taxi companies. So we will give you some tips, you should remember: Before you get in the car, you have to give the address, and ask price in advance. You should check the distance shown on the GPS and compare with driver’s offer, you pay only the Km shown on the GPS. The normal price for taxi is from 12.000VND up to 16.000VND for 1 Km. In addition, when the driver returns small change you should check carefully before leaving. Because sometimes the driver will return you with money not in face value or with counterfeit money.
  5. If you come to Vietnam, you will know that street vendors and shoeshine boys are every wherein Hanoi old quarter. They often invite you for high prices or they will put food in your hands then make you buy at any cost. If you do not really need you should definitely talk and leave. In case you want to buy,you should bargain with them. The price for 1time brush shoe is from 10,000 up to the most expensive is 20,000. And the price for some fruit or donuts is about 15,000 to 30,000.

II) Book tour at Travel Agent in Hanoi :

If you are in need of a tour package for your holiday such as Halong, Sapa, Ninh Binh or laundry service, rent a bike or motorbike … You can ask for information at hotel where you are staying. But normally, in some hotels, their prices will always be higher than Travel Agency in Hanoi.

However, if you want to book tours at Hanoi Travel Agent, you should note the following issues:
– Always you should check carefully itineraries, photographs and prices of tours that are the same kind of tours you have asked at hotel. Sometimes there are several Travel Agencies will give you better price than the price of hotel. But that’s probably 1 not prestigious Office, maybe they will set for you other image and itinerary which they have shown you.

-Always you should consider carefully Travel Agent whether if they have an address, website details and clear or not? Sometimes their hotline or name card is also one of the factors to consider as prestigious Travel or not? If their office does not have a clearly address so we suggest you should not book tour with them to avoid other undesirable things during your trip.

– If you want to book tour with Travel Agents you should check the list of reputable Travel Agency in Hanoi on Tripadvisor page or with Google search. Then you can come and book tour at that office. Because they are reputable offices, you do not have to worry about the price or fraud issues. They always help you get the best price and best schedule. One of them is the Hanoi Explore Travel Agency. They helped us to set Halong Bay Tour, Mekong Delta Tour and the most memorable is Tam Coc Mua Cave Tour in Ninh Binh you will experience with local people, enjoy a lot of famous foods.That is an interesting experience.


III) Making a hotel reservation in Hanoi:

You can choose to stay at Hostel or Hotel with ability to pay, in Hanoi Homestay model highly developed nowadays, this model is suitable for those who want to go private or family travel.

When coming to Hanoi. the best way is to choose places in the heart of the old quarter, because it is convenient for you to visit, go shopping and enjoy foods. You can make hotel reservations through online booking sites such as Agoda, Booking, Expedia.com, it is easy for you to find a hotel that fits your criteria. Moreover, that won’t take long. Because when you book a room on these pages,you are assured that the hotel has arranged a room as your request. However, you should choose a hotel or a prestigious hostel that is highly appreciated by customers who have stayed to avoid unexpected circumstances occur such as they don’t have room, they don’t get your booking, or the quality of room is not the same as the image provided for the online sale site.

When staying in a hotel we should obey the rules of the hotel, not make noise that affects everyone.

– Staffs in hotels are usually very well trained so they are always friendly and helpful when you need them.

– Always you should remember bring your passport to reception to check in, after that you can get it back. However, you should keep your passport in the safe or backpack in your room, should not carry them when you go out to avoid falling or stolen.

– After check out, we should give a small tip for staffs in hotel to express your gratitude for their enthusiastic service during your stay.


Top Travel Agent in Hanoi

We will mention name of the Best Travel Agency in Hanoi and Vietnam for those who are looking for information on prestige office.
Here is a collection of top 5 Tour operators and Travel Agent in Hanoi. Most of these are highly reputable and recommended on TripAdvisor

Best travel agent in viet nam – Hanoi Explore Travel

List of Top Travel Agency in Hanoi :

1. Hanoi Explore Travel Agency :

– Address : 37 Ngõ Huyện, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
– Hotline : + 84 974 805 797
– Email : info@hanoiexploretravel.com
– Website : http://hanoiexploretravel.com

Hanoi Explore Travel Agency one of the great and Best Travel Agency in Hanoi is highest rating, are used the best tourism services by clients. It is located in the heart of Hanoi old quarter, near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera and Big Church in Hanoi. With all staffs are full of enthusiastic, energetic and always be well-educated about skill, expertise in tourism industry, so you will always get the advice of experts in travel industry. Go with team:Mr.Lee – Moderator – with over 10 years experiences in travel industry. We are sure that you will have a fantastic holiday with them. And the most special and unique thing is contract guarantee of quality service when you book tour with them.

 2. Vietnam Eco Travel
– Add : No 31, Lane 116, Ngoc Thuy Str, Long Bien, Hanoi
– Hotline : + 84 914 815 535
– Email : info@vietnamecotravel.com
– Website : http://vietnamecotravel.com

This is also one of the Best Travel Company in Vietnam. It was founded more than 10 years, with more than 60 employees and more than 10 offices throughout Vietnam. They are full of products from Ninh Binh Tours, Halong Tours, Sapa Tours, Mekong Delta Tour and all Tours specialize in Farm Trip in Vietnam, Tam Coc Mua Cave Tour,  … This company is also in the top 10 best travel companies in Vietnam on TRIADVISOR for 3 years consecutive from 2014 to 2018.

3. Handspan Travel
Hand span’s Treasure Junk is the only true sailing ship operating on the bay and Best Tour Companies in Hanoi providing Vietnam Package Tours. That means you get to meander peacefully through the karsts without the constant hum of a diesel engine. Crack open a cold Bia Hanoi and you’ll be in heaven.
The contact details:
– Address: 78 Ma May street, Hanoi
– Telephone: +84 4 3926 2828
– Website : http://www.handspan.com/

4. Buffalo tours
Buffalo Tours is a leading inbound Best Tour Company in Hanoi and destination management company in Asia, hosting hundreds of thousands of journeys annually. We operate in 11 destinations throughout Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia – with sales offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Russia. Buffalo Tours embraces its origins in Asia to connect travellers to the cultures and people of this amazing region. We use our knowledge of Asia and expertise to create an environment where guests can make their own unique memories.
The contact details:
– Address: 70-72 Ba Trieu, Hanoi, VIETNAM.
– Hotline: +84-4-3828-0702
– Website : https://www.buffalotours.com/

Hanoi Explore Travel Agency’s Logo

How to Contact to Travel Agent in Hanoi ?

You can contact and find more information from these agencies through the following two forms:
1. Contact through the internet : in each a Travel Agent in Hanoi, They have full information such as address, phone number, email, and website so you can easily contact with them, you can visit their website and preview their itinerary tours that you want to book. After that you can book online with Travel Agent in Hanoi or send an email to get more information for your trip. However not at all agencies would also have a professional website to book tour online so you should understand before booking tour online and if whether it is safe for your credit card information or not? Or when you make a tour deals if whether it are being charged% bank service or not? And how much does it cost % for 1 time online tour booking? And how is the exchange rate of foreign currencies into VND for online tour booking?

2. Contact directly at the Travel Agent in Hanoi: this is considered as the best form and most utility. Because when you come directly at the Office, you will have more information and more choices about prices. Moreover,it is easy to pay directly at the office in USD or VND without losing charge. And the most importantly you will see directly images, detailed itineraries of each tour and you will always get the best advices from experts to get the best trip.

P/s : Source by : hanoiexploretravel


ArtFest of 5th Avenue

This semi annual art festival has over 70 select artists from across the country. These artist will participate in this three-day festival held the weekend of Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23, 2011, from 10 AM to 5 PM each day.  ArtFest of 5th Avenue will be held in the original Arts District of downtown Scottsdale, featuring galleries, fountains, and picturesque storefronts featuring Fine Art and contemporary entertainment. There are over 50 one of kind boutique shops along 5th Avenue to enjoy also. You can spend more than a day finding unique gifts between the artist and the shops that line 5th Avenue.


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“Wesley’s Jewelry” is now Robert C. Wesley, Jeweler

Old Town Art Installation
Anyone in the area of Brown and 1st Street early this week may have noticed artist Elizabeth Conner beginning to install her sculptural work “Hidden Histories” at the corner of the parking garage and at the lot entrance. “Hidden Histories” will reference historical elements of Scottsdale’s past such as: the pima cotton and citrus fields, Western motifs, the yaqui people, and the eclectic industries such as ice, metalwork, and art. The grouping of objects also reference the heat and plant life of the desert as they provide a place of rest and interaction for pedestrians moving through the area. For more information, please contact Judith Patrylak with Scottsdale Public Art at (480) 874-4670.


New Neighborhood Connector Service Underway
Scottsdale’s transit division began a new service to the community on Sunday, June 4. That’s when the “Neighborhood Connector” started operating between the new Granite Reef Senior Center and Scottsdale’s downtown and Civic Center Mall area. This free service will help residents, business owners, seniors and students trying to reach key destinations in the southern area of the city, by providing another transit option. The new service is designed to connect neighborhoods south of Indian School Road to McDowell Road.
The Connector will run seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every 20 minutes. Trolley drivers will pickup and drop off passengers any place along the route where the trolley can safely stop, and riders may simply wave down the trolley anywhere along the route. The Connector serves the Granite Reef Senior Center, Eldorado Park/Boys and Girls Club and pool, Coronado High School, Osborn Post Office, Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn Hospital, Vista del Camino, Loloma Transit Station and the Civic Center Mall including the library, Center for the Performing Arts, City Hall, and the Historical Society. For more information contact Debra Astin, Transit Manager at (480) 312-7696 or dastin@scottsdaleaz.gov.


Camelback Road, from 66th Street to Goldwater Boulevard Westbound traffic on Camelback Road, from 66th Street to Goldwater Boulevard, will be reduced to one lane at times from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily through June 16 to permit power line installation. During those same dates and times, lane restrictions will take place at times in both directions on 66th Street north of Camelback Road.

Stetson Drive, North of Fifth Avenue to West of Scottsdale Road Stetson Drive, north of Fifth Avenue to west of Scottsdale Road is completely closed to southbound traffic through June for construction of a parking garage. Stetson will remain open to northbound traffic in this area.


Due to a mechanical problem, the Downtown Trolley service will continue using its existing route. Service on the new trolley route was scheduled to start today, Jan. 20, but was postponed to permit technicians to resolve some mechanical issues with the Marshall Way Bridge. For more information on the trolley service, call the city’s Downtown Office at (480) 312-2732.



5th Ave is home to many events and festivals throughout the year. Street Festivals, The Scottsdale Grand Prix, Sidewalk Sales, weekly Live Music series and much more! Visit our lively, vibrant street during one of the many festivals and discover the wonders of Famed 5th Ave



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Over 35 eating establishments are within a five minute walk of our famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain, one of Arizona’s most photographed spots. Visit 5th Avenue for a daytime meal, or an exciting evening at the nightspots along our story-book street.