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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