My first day started with heavy rain and loud thunders from Singapore. I got worried because I thought it would be tough to hail a taxi and might miss my flight. Luckily, I managed to get one and arrived at the airport an hour earlier. The fare was a pain in my wallet because of the 50% midnight charge, $22.35!

 

Got a seat along the exit door. :)

Got a seat along the exit door. 🙂

The flight from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh was on time. Actually, a stopover in HCM wasn’t planned but because Jetstar cancelled all direct flights from Singapore to Hanoi, they had to reroute it. It was a blessing in disguise because my colleague Cuong is in HCM at that time so he helped me get a good exchange rate for my Singapore dollars, brought me a delicious Boon Tit Neung and gave me (for free) a sim Viettel card with a 1-month unlimited internet access. 🙂 The flight from HCM to Hanoi was delayed for one hour though. It’s JetstarPacific BL798. 🙂

 

Boon Tit Neung

Boon Tit Neung

If you are planning to take the airport bus from Hanoi airport to the Vietnam Airlines office, you can purchase the ticket before the plane lands. The crew in our flight was selling each ticket for 40,000 VND. This is much cheaper than if you are going to take a taxi, which would normally cost $18-$25 USD. 40,000 VND is almost equivalent to $2USD. 🙂

Jetstar Pacific Bus Ticket - 40,000.00 VND ~ $2 USD

Jetstar Pacific Bus Ticket – 40,000.00 VND ~ $2 USD

When I stepped out of the airport, I got confused as to which bus to take. If you bought the Jetstar Pacific Bus Ticket, make sure that you take the Jetstar bus. It is a the right side of the airport (left side if you are facing the entrance). There are mini-buses which costs the same as the Jetstar bus.

 

The Jestar Pacific Bus

The Jestar Pacific Bus at Hanoi Airport

 

Inside the Jetstar bus

Inside the Jetstar bus

There are signboards right outside the airport that shows the cost of a taxi and a mini-bus.

Price of Vietnam Taxi in Airport

Price of Vietnam Taxi in Airport

Vietnam Airlines Mini Bus Price Board

Vietnam Airlines Mini Bus Price Board

ho chi minh domestic airport

ho chi minh domestic airport