Getting there & away
Hanoi is the gateway to the northeast and there are excellent roads connecting the capital to Haiphong, Halong City and Lang Son. As the terrain gets more mountainous the roads become more mischievous, but they are generally good throughout the region. Buses are fast and modern in the lowlands, but slow and creaking in the highlands. There are also rail links to Haiphong and Lang Son, but the trains move at a snail’s pace.