Venue: Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Address: K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84-24-3719-9000
URL: http://www.sheratonhanoi.com/

Access from Noi Bai international airport
* DIV will provide airport transfer. Please kindly mention your flight schedule on the registration form

Need a visa
For Vietnam visa application, please contact directly to the local Vietnamese embassy or visit the official website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam: visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx for specific visa requirements.
For any visa document request, please contact the APRC 2018 Secretariat.

Visa exemptions
Citizens of certain countries may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. The list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Vietnam is as follows: 

Special Exemptions
APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders may visit Vietnam for less than 60 days without visa. More information on visa exemptions can be found at: http://lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn/Lists/BaiViet/B%C3%A0i%20vi%E1%BA%BFt/DispForm.aspx?List=dc7c7d75-6a32-4215-afeb-47d4bee70eee&ID=306

Noi Bai International Airport
Noi Bai International Airport, located in Hanoi, is the largest airport in the North of Vietnam. Noi Bai airport is 45 kilometers away from the city center. 
It provides various services such as shopping, dining, currency exchange, ATMs and transportation options. International carriers operate at Terminal 2 while the domestic ones operate at Terminal 1. 
For flight schedule and other necessary information, please go to the website http://www.noibaiairport.vn/Home/default.aspx

* Please be noted that airport pick-up and see-off will be provided by DIV for delegates. 

Transportation in Hanoi
Taxis
Meter-taxis with prices ranging from VND 10,000 to VND 15,000 for the first two kilometers, then VND 8,000 per succeeding kilometer. 
Uber and Grab services are available in Hanoi
Some reputable taxis brand names: 
· Hanoi Taxi  +84-24-3853-5353
· Mai Linh Taxi  +84-24-3833-3333
· Taxi CP  +84-24-3826-2626

Public Transport
Electric Bus: Hanoi’s eco-friendly Electric Bus tour is actually a pretty good way to get your bearings in the city. It travels a network of 14 stops in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. The main departure point is the Northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, and another departure point is outside Dong Xuan Market. A complete journey around the Old Quarter takes about an hour, with a recorded English-language commentary while traveling. 
Price: VND 30,000 for a trip around Old Quarter (about an hour)

Cyclo: 
Passengers sit in the front cab, while the driver stays behind. Cyclo cabs are made for two passengers and are ideal for exploring short-distance sites within Hanoi's city center. The ride in a cyclo should cost you about VND 100,000 per hour.

Hanoi city
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. Nestled in a great bend of the Red River, Hanoi has a compelling charm. Throughout thousand years of history, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter, over 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (built in 1070), Hanoi Opera House, and other attractions.

Attractions in Hanoi
The One-pillar pagoda
The One-pillar pagoda or Dien Huu pagoda, is one of the most special architecture in Vietnam. Situated right in the center of Hanoi, the pagoda was constructed under Ly’s dynasty in 1049. It has the pillar-based design demonstrating the Holy Lady sitting on a lotus. In 1105, King Ly Nhan Tong extended the pagoda and added Linh Chieu bond. Nowadays, it is still a symbol of Vietnam architecture and Buddha religion at the center of Hanoi.

Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture which was built in 1070. Dedicated to Confucius and Vietnam’s most revered scholars, the country’s first university was founded here

Hanoi Old Quarter 
Hoan Kiem Lake is the focal point of Hanoi’s exotic Old Quarter. This UNESCO-protected heart of Hanoi is made up of 36 streets, with the Old Quarter’s 13th-century lanes crammed with bikes, scooters, cyclos, street vendors, and full of shops where you can find beautiful silks, mysterious vegetables, as well as traditional souvenirs.

Hanoi Opera House
An essential part of Hanoi's history, Hanoi Opera House is without doubt one of the most famous cultural and architectural monuments of Hanoi. The Opera house was constructed for ten years from 1901 to 1911 and modeled on Palais Garnier – the older of Paris two opera houses. Hanoi Opera House embraces the European architectural style under the Renaissance period with the Italian-made marble floor, copper chandeliers and exquisite French murals on the ceiling, thus making the place one of Hanoi’s singular architectural landmarks. Hanoi Opera House is the site to perform arts and cultural activities for various purposes such as political and social functions, conferences, seminars, international events.

Vietnam National Museum of History
National Museum of Vietnam History was early founded on the material basis of the Louis Finot, a museum of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient which was built in 1926 and completed in 1932. On the third of September in 1958, the National Museum of Vietnam History was officially opened for visitors. The main exhibition system is the vivid historical book of the Vietnamese nation, which includes the collections of objects dating back from ancient time, Vietnamese ancient glazed ceramics, Champa stone sculptures, and bronze items under the Le-Nguyen Dynasties. The basic warehouses are scientifically arranged and updated to be the best sample of other museums throughout Vietnam


Weather
In general, the weather is pleasantly warm and rather humid.
Average: 24-30 degrees Celsius
Recommended clothing: Shirts, trousers, and other similar clothes

Currency
The official currency in Vietnam is Vietnam Dong (VND). 
Banknotes come in denominations of 1,000 - 2,000 - 5,000 - 10,000 - 20,000 - 50,000 - 100,000 - 200,000 - 500,000 VND
Exchange rate is about 23,000 VND to 1 USD.
Credit card service is widely provided

Time zone
GMT +7

Electricity
220V-50 Hz
The following plugs are in used:

Mobile communication
There are three main telecommunication providers in Vietnam: Viettel, Vinaphone, Mobifone. All three operators offer prepaid SIM cards which you can buy in stores, supermarkets, as well as at the airport. You can buy a SIM card by showing your passport; your telephone number is already active the moment you purchase. To add credit, use vouchers stocked in stores or online payment.

Emergency Calls
113 – Police 
114 – Fire alarm 
115 – Ambulance/First Aid 


Travel information and tours

You can check out the below official websites for more travel information: 
http://www.vietnamtourism.com/en/index.php/useful/cat/01

https://www.vietravel.com/en.aspx

http://vietnamholiday.com/

Restaurants
Hanoi can be considered as a food city in Vietnam, ranging from street food to classy restaurants for wine and dining:
6 Degrees
Style: Fusion, Asian
Opening Hours: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (23:00)
Address: 189 Nghi Tam, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Directions: Above the Mini Cooper dealership on Nghi Tam, next to Honda - 2nd, 8th & 9th floors.
Phone: +84-24-3719-6069 

Thai Smile Hanoi
Style: Asian and Thai cuisine
Restaurant Type: Casual dining
Opening Hours: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Address: 7a/40 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84-24-3718-3364

Kobala Bar Restaurant Rooftop
Style: Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine
Restaurant Type: Casual dining
Opening Hours: Morning, Evening (23:00)
Address: 13, Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84-24-6293-0612

Da Paolo Westlake
Style: Italian cuisine
Opening Hours: Morning, Evening (23:00)
Address: No. 32, Quang Khanh, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Phone: +84-24-3718-6317

Shopping
Hanoi is famous for its traditional markets and narrow shophouses, but there are also a number of boutiques and shopping malls offering a wide range of international brands, as well as dining and entertainment options. The best thing about shopping in Hanoi is that you can do it all on foot, with many streets dedicated to specific trades in the Old Quarter. Here are some places where you can check out:
Dong Xuan Market
It is Hanoi’s largest indoor market - a site for visiting rather than buying. Similar to most markets in Southeast Asia, Dong Xuan Market has a bustling wet market section on the ground floor which sells seafood, meat, and vegetables. The back section sells an array of pets and fresh flowers from all across Vietnam. In the upper levels, you can find numerous stalls selling T-shirts, fabrics, handbags, handicrafts.

Opening hours: Daily 6:00 - 19:00
Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Trang Tien Plaza
Trang Tien Plaza is a place to shop for luxury items of global brands. This shopping mall has five floors including famous branding names. Fashion stores occupy the ground floor, while electronics and home furnishings are spread out over the second and third floors. The fourth floor has a supermarket where you can look for various kinds of imported products. In the top floor, there are many excellent restaurants available.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 21:30, Saturday & Sunday 9:30 – 22:00

Address: 24 Hai Ba Trung, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Vincom Center
Vincom Shopping mall is located at the heart of Hanoi, only 10 minutes away from the Hanoi Old Quarter. The mall gathers many well-known brands in Vietnam as well as in the world including clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics appliances, supermarket, game centers and a modern movie theater on the sixth floor. The mall also has various restaurants and cafeterias on the 5th floor.

Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 - 22:00
Address: 191 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

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