First of all, I suggest you download the Google translator, the one that works offline. Because vietnamese people hardly speaks english. But they are nice people.
Ok so, upon arrival in Vietnam, you will have to fill up a form for your information of your stay in Vietnam and for your visa. Adults fee is $50, and kids is $25. My kid’s are 9 yrs.old and 6yrs.old. Our visa is good for 3 months. After paying the visa, you go through immigration and the guy will stamp your passport. Then, you are done…Welcome to Vietnam!
When we arrived in Vietnam, we have someone to pick us up at the airport from my husband’s work. It’s about 20 minutes from the airport to the city. We stayed at TIMES CITY where you can see this mall named VINCOM MEGAMALL TIMES CITY..Its is an underground mall.
Located at 458 Minh khai Street- Hai Ba Trung District- Hanoi. This place is perfect for me because I don’t need to have a ride to go to the mall or if I need to go have grocery shopping. The mall is just right downstairs of our apartment. A view from our apartment.
The mall main entrance you will see this Kois.Inside the mall, you will find branded clothes, bags, shoes, home stuffs, food area.
A Chinese restaurant’s, if you are a fun of sushi they have it here too. Also Thai food and if you are in a budget, you can try the KFC where they don’t only serves fried chicken. We used to get this marinate chicken with rice and some cucumber. They also serves a salad and a soup. For 4 of us we spent about $17 for our meal included the drinks.
Also they have aquarium here,the fee is $7 per person. If you love bowling, you will enjoy it here.And if you have kids, they have playgrounds too.
Do you like karaoke? Here sing with your friends. No worries no one can hear.lol.And oh don’t forget the movie theater..
This mall is good for family entertainment. And of course, if you live nearby, you might wanna go on grocery shopping. They have a supermarket here called Vinmart and what is nice about this, is if you got a lot of groceries, they can deliver it to your doorstep for a fee of $5. Phew! You don’t have to carry your groceries.
Outside the mall, you can find more shops, like coffee shops, restaurants, spa, hair salon, nail salon.and accross is a Hospital and a school, the school behind me is called VINSCHOOL. Living in this area is you don’t need a car..it is a walk away to everything. There is also a gym around this area. After walking around and your hot because of the humidity. You might wanna go for a swim in their underground wide swimming pool but if you like to see the outside view, there is a swimming pool for outside view too. But to be able to use their swimming pool, you should be a resident in one of the tower in Times city, best spot is at Parkhill, the pool is just at the entrance of the apartment.
But of course you may want to explore the city and try new things. You may want to see the lake. We took a taxi named Taxi Group..this is the taxi recommended by my husband’s work. We have a taxi card and also the driver can’t charge you more. And they seemed nice, one time my husband left his phone in a taxi but the driver drove back where he dropped us and gave back my husband’s phone. We gave the taxi driver a tip..it was so nice of him.
Shrouded in mystery and legend, “the lake of the returned sword” is a tourist hotspot on any visit to the city. You can sometimes also spot turtles swimming in the water! Around the lake you will find restaurants, here we tried their famous Rice Noodle soup called Pho. I heard that they also eat this for breakfast and anytime. Well, based on my experienced I love it. If you are not a fun of spicy food, make sure to tell them not spicy.
There are more shops around here like, clothing stores, shoes, paintings, souvenirs, bars and if you love coffee there is a street where the shops only sells coffee. You will see people sipping and sitting on low plastic stools on the sidewalk while gossiping with friends. You should try their egg coffee or they called it “Ca phe trung” at Café Giang. Egg coffee is a Hanoi specialty. A creamy soft, meringue like egg white foam is perched on dense vietnamese coffee.