Looking for cheap flights to Hanoi?
As the second city of Vietnam by size of population and the first by its designation as the nation's capital, Hanoi is one of the two major international gateways into Vietnam. Alongside Ho Chi Minh city, which was once called Saigon, Hanoi is the perfect entry point for intrepid travellers looking to visit this amazing country.
As soon as you descend the steps from your plane, please note that we thoroughly recommend Vietnam Airlines as the best way to fly to Vietnam as they have enjoyable regular flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you'll find yourself in a land buzzing with energy. The feel in air in modern Hanoi combines an ancient culture and an ambitious modern nation with a young growing population whose values of hard work, fun, achievement and family values are obvious to all who come here.
So if Vietnam sounds like the sort of place you'd like to visit and a flight to Hanoi is on you itinerary, we, at Alternative Airlines, will find you the best way to fly.
See the sights of Hanoi
Visiting Hanoi, with its warmth of climate and smiling people, is an experience you will remember for ever.. ask anyone who has been there and see their vibrant response, its amazing! Hanoi is a diverse mix of cultural influences which constantly jostle for your attention. Firstly it's ancient, with over 1000 years of history on this spot as it sits alongside the famous Red River flowing down from China to empty into the South China Sea. Then its ultra modern and booming high tech industrial estates where much of the world's software is crafted by gifted technicians. Between these two extremes is one the world's great cities which is experiencing one of this century great economic booms fuelled by 89 million Vietnamese people and its proximity to the vast markets of modern China.
The Vietnamese are great planners, unfortunately the growth of Hanoi has out-stripped their ability to plan and implement hence to the first time visitor it appears chaotic.
Flights to Hanoi arrive at the Noi Bai International Airport which is about 25 miles north of Hanoi city centre and is the only international airport serving the city and the northern part of Vietnam. However soon Hanoi will be served by a totally new major international airport, Hanoi International Airport, costing over $8 billion which will start construction in 2011.This is a massive infrastructure project involving seven years of building work over three phases and including a hospital, two heli-ports, schools, apartments and hotels as well as building the largest and the most modern airport anywhere in Asia. The Vietnamese certainly don't lack ambition ! Phase one alone is planned to accommodate 480 flights a day and 35 million passengers a year with growth aimed at achieving 850 flights daily and 62 million passengers annually by 2025 and then to 1,096 flights daily and 80 million passengers annually by 2035.
From the current Hanoi Noi Bai airport to the city centre is along two highways, both of which deliver the arriving passenger in the centre city in around 45 minutes, depending upon traffic conditions. The journey itself is a rewarding experience with your bus or taxi sharing the main highways with cars of all shapes, motor scooters by the hundred and a separate - but frequently shared lane for often multi-peopled bicycles.
Tips for a great holiday in Hanoi.
Its probable that the international visitor will visiting at least one other region or city of Vietnam but Hanoi is special. As well as being selected by the world renowned Frommer's travel guide as one of the world's "Top Destinations in 2010", Hanoi also has the distinction of being named in the top 10 cities for food in the world by Shermans Travel. Note it actually came second after Barcelona and ahead of New York, Roe and San Francisco. Don't let the name put you off and visit Le Mat - known to tourists as Snake Village - just outside the centre and venue for many unique gourmet restaurants.
The climate of Hanoi is characterised by hot, humid summers and cool winters similar to Mediterranean Italy or parts of Florida in the U.S. Hanoi has a single rainy season which falls during the south monsoon between May and September. Rainfall is rare and always light during the October to April. Visitors should check what they need in terms of clothes depending upon the time of year. Leisure clothes are frequently highly coloured and business is dome in dark coloured tailored suits. Whatever the attire is always topped off by a polite and welcoming smile.
Book affordable flights to Hanoi with Alternative Airlines
From November 2011, Vietnam Airlines will have direct flights to Hanoi form London Gatwick Airport with special rates available through Alternative Airlines. We have over 25 years experience of offering competitive air fares to cities around the globe and specialise in destinations which are off the beaten track, We have special deals with Vietnam airlines for flights within Vietnam and on their regional network throughout Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Vietnam Airlines currently has direct flights to Hanoi from Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow but it's one of the world's fastest developing airlines, both in terms of size and upgraded standard of customer service.
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