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Hanoi, Vietnam

Posted on 05 March 2012 by brett

Night Sleeper Bus to Hanoi

We departed Hue on our first night bus bound for the capital city, Hanoi.  The night bus was quite interesting with three rows of double bunk reclining sleeper seats.  Mostly tourists purchased the seats and then locals boarded the bus and packed the aisles for their nights’ rest. Luckily we had both opted for top seats, otherwise we would have been sleeping next to a bunch of strangers.  The night wasn’t too bad and we both got a decent sleep given the accommodations. We arrived in rainy Hanoi at 9am the next morning. We were immediately bombarded by taxi and moto drivers as we stepped off the bus at the local travel office. We had already been warned about the fake taxi driver scams so we were extremely skeptical in accepting any rides. Christie had three reliable taxi companies written down but none of the drivers appeared to be with any of the companies that used meters. The drivers wanted to charge us 150,000 dong ($7.50). The problem was that we had no idea where we were in relation to the Rising Dragon hotel…… and there are like five hotels with some variation of that name in Hanoi (we later discovered the Vietnamese copy business names and trick tourists into paying for the wrong service). Continue Reading

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