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List of Transport Mediums to Get around the City – Know How to Get Around Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam and the nation's second biggest city has plenty to offer. Be sure you know your way around since a smorgasbord of sights and experiences await you.

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Cyclos

This is one of the most unique and iconic ways to travel around Vietnam. These are essentially bicycles that have been modified to contain two wheels at the front with a comfortable seat between them for carrying passengers. One should be mindful when hailing cyclos because the drivers are known to rip-off tourists. Agree to a price and determine the route prior your journey. 100,000 Dong is considered a very fair price for a 30-40 minute ride; some may try to charge more than twice that for a journey of about 300m. There are various outlets that offer cyclo-tours, which are more professional and reliable than enlisting one from the road.

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Taxi

There are many taxis you can utilise in the streets of Hanoi and these are generally a bit more reliable than cyclos. It is however best to stick to metered taxis since some might try to negotiate a fee that is much higher than what the ride is actually worth. If you're on vacation and utilising any sort of accommodation, even Hanoi serviced apartments near Daeha business center such as the Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi should be able to arrange a taxi for you. Having this arrangement will also help you overcome the language barrier since you can request the reception to inform the driver about your required destination(s).

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Motorbike Driver

This is another fairly unique manner to get around in Vietnam. These are essentially motorbikes that operate as one-person taxis for you travel in a hastier fashion around the city. They are referred to as 'Xe Om' in Vietnamese and can be easily be procured from anywhere. When it comes to motorbike-drivers, one should again be sure to agree upon a price before embarking on the journey in order to avoid any unsavoury scenarios. Be sure to bargain as well since there are more drivers than tourists meaning you can always obtain a very favourable price.

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Motorbike Rental

This is probably the most fun way to experience Hanoi. Procuring a scooter or motorbike is very easy and will cost between $5-6 for the entire day. This is the best way to get around traffic and explore the incredibly city of Hanoi at your leisure and pace. Many shops will contain parking spaces for bikes, and people will even help you park it, making it very convenient for you.

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Uber/Grab

Uber recently made itself available in Hanoi, allowing you to easily hail a ride with the use of your Smartphone. Since the fares are pre-determined it will spare you the ordeal of haggling for prices as well as the risk of being ripped off. There's a local app called Grab which you can also, and it offers a variety of options encompassing cars, metered taxis, and even bikes. A local number and an internet connection however is required in order to use the Grab app.

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