About Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or “ascending dragon,” but it hasn’t forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.

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Climate : The weather in Hanoi in March is very mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 23°C.

Currency : The Vietnamese unit of currency is Dong. USD is also widely accepted. Visitors may give dollars as payment but receive change in Dong. Currency can be exchanged at the majority of the city’s banks and at official bureau exchange counters located throughout the city as well as some hotels.

Taxes : A 5% VAT is applicable in most shopping malls, hotels and restaurants as well as a 10% service charge.

Language : Vietnamese is the official language but English is widely spoken.

Time Zone : GMT +7 hours

Electricity : 220 volts (2 pin prong)

Business Hours : Most Hanoi shops and offices are closed for lunch, usually from 11 or 11.30am to 12.30 or 1pm. Most offices close at 5pm and are shut on Sundays.



Sunrise at Phu Quoc Island

Visa Application : Entry into Vietnam requires a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of entry. If your passport will be expiring during your stay in Vietnam, be sure to apply for an updated passport prior to your arrival.
Visas are available by applying at any nearest Vietnamese consulate/embassy before travelling. As visa regulations are constantly being reviewed and updated, please check with the nearest Vietnamese Embassy in your home country.

Should you need assistance in applying for Vietnamese visa, you may contact +65 6411 6676 or email to




Airport Transfers : The JW Marriott Hotel is a 30 to 45 minute drive from Noi Bai International Airport. You can arrange for your airport transfer directly with the hotel or take a taxi from the airport. For a map of the area including the JW Marriott Hotel: click here.

If you wish to arrange for airport transfer from JW Marriott Hotel, please contact the Concierge team via email:

Should you require any further assistance, please contact +65 64116676 or email


Taxi : Reliable taxi companies are mentioned below for convenience and reasonable taxi fares. Do note that most taxis only accept cash.

1. Taxi Group (typically in red and blue)


Taxi CP and Taxi Hanoi are two brands under Taxi Group. Hence, they will have the same appearance as the picture below but have different phone numbers.

Taxi Hanoi: (04) 38 53 53 53
Taxi CP: (04) 38 26 26 26



2. Mai Linh Taxi (typically in green)


Mai Linh Taxi is another reliable taxi company which offers different types of taxi services (Mai Linh Taxi, Mai Linh Limousine, etc.)

Mai Linh Taxi: (04) 38 22 26 66

The estimated taxi fare from Noi Bai airport from JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi is USD $20 to 25.

For map to JW Marriott Hotel: click here.

Should you require any further assistance, you may contact +65 64116676 or email to


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