12 hours in Hanoi train station
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jul 25, 2012 1:53 AM Last Post By: mrmookie
Jul 18, 2012 5:15 AM
12 hours in Hanoi train stationWondering what I can do with a 15 hour layover in Hanoi between my train getting in from Sapa and the one heading down to Hue? Does the Hanoi station have lockers or anything or is it just easier to grab a hotel for the day? I was also thinking of just spending the day in Hanoi and taking the train the next night
again any help is much apperciated
Jul 18, 2012 6:17 AM
1I don't think there are any lockers but you should be able to get a cheap room. Personally I would stay at least an extra night. Hanoi is a terrific city.
Jul 18, 2012 8:27 AM
2I agree with violets.
Hanoi is worth a little time. Such an unusual city and never, never dull
Jul 18, 2012 11:20 AM
Jul 18, 2012 5:59 PM
4Be very cautious re: the taxis outside the train station. Early morning arrivals are targets. There are numerous honest drivers, but I'd suggest that you ignore the ones immediately outside and look for one a block or so away.
Know where you want to go so you can tell the driver, in fact write it down so you can show him.
Type ""Puku" in the search box, you'll find some good advice in the posting that pops up.
Jul 18, 2012 6:18 PM
5I'd get a hotel. I never sleep well on the trains and to hang around the train station all day is no fun. You may also want a shower, Ha Noi is pretty hot this time of year.
Jul 18, 2012 7:00 PM
Jul 18, 2012 9:07 PM
Jul 19, 2012 12:47 AM
Jul 19, 2012 5:52 PM
Jul 19, 2012 8:24 PM
10decided to spend an extra 2 days net in Hanoi, get back from Sapa Fri AM and head to Hue Sat night, besides I need to do a long run around one of the lakes and I found a good 13k route
Jul 19, 2012 9:38 PM
Jul 19, 2012 11:22 PM
12Keep in mind that you will have to run pretty early. Gets almost impossible after 07:00 due to the traffic. I guess you mean the loop around West Lake?
Jul 20, 2012 4:09 AM
13I had the same transfer time last week --arrived at 4am, and departed again at 11:30pm.
I was travelling with a large group of teenagers in tow, so decided to book a few rooms for the day.
Even if I was doing this again as a solo traveller, I'd do the same; nice to have somewhere to rest at 4am, as well as shower and somewhere safe to leave luggage.
If you're looking for recommendation, we booked rooms at Mango Hotel. We first tried Hanoi Backpackers, but they don't do early morning checkins.
Right by the train station (it's a short walk of about 5-10 mins on arrival, as you depart from the west side of the station, but right next door for the evening train south, as you can board on the east side of the station).
Check in at 4:30am, check out at 9:30pm, with breakfast included.
Surly guy that works the night shift for checkin, but day staff were very friendly and helpful.
ETA..noticed further down the thread that this info is no longer useful for you, but will leave it here as may help others doing a search on similar topic...
Edited by: EmilySnow
Jul 22, 2012 4:14 AM
14You can get a hotel room for the day for $40, with en suite, try the Art Hotel, nice people, nice hotel. You'll proably get breakfast inccluded in that price when you arrive, too. It's a place to keep your bags, snooze, freshen up.
There are lockers at the station, but only a few old ones and not very secure.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$10.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$124.68 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$110.00 per night