The 24th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2019)

General Information

About Ha Noi

Ha Noi is the capital of the socialist republic of Vietnam. The center of culture, politic, economy of the country.

It’s the largest city in Vietnam, it lies on the red River in the north center of Vietnam.

And it has a population about over 6 million people (as 2008) Ha Noi has become the capital of Vietnam since 1010

Climate and Clothing

Ha Noi is situated in a tropical monsoon zone with four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summer, from May until August, is characterized by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall. September and October comprise the fall season, characterized by a decrease in temperature and precipitation. Winter, from November to January, is dry and cool by national standards.

Business Hour

o Department stores and shopping centers generally operate seven days a week, from around 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM.

o Banks and post offices are open from around 08:00 AM to 04:30PM, Monday to Friday, from 08:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Saturday.

o Temples, museums and other tourist attractions are open from 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Money Exchange

– Money

The official currency in Vietnam is Dong (VND).You can use the website of Vietcombank to see the daily exchange rate. The US dollar, preferably crisp clean bills, is widely accepted among major shops and restaurants in Vietnam. The downside to this is that the prices will be converted from Dong at the vendor’s chosen exchange rate, which may or may not be close to the official exchange rate.

– Notes and Coins

The largest denomination is currently 500,000 VND (approx. USD 24). Other paper notes are 1,000, 2,000, 5,000; 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000 VND. Most Vietnamese people prefer notes to coins and occasionally may refuse to accept a coin. It is very common that ripped or torn notes are refused, but faded or discoloured notes are usually fine.

– Visa and Master card are becoming more accepted in many of the bigger hotels and restaurants, with usually a surcharge of 3%.

– Banking & ATM: There are a number of international banks operating in Hanoi with 24hour cash withdrawal facilities. Most ATMs enables you to get cash from VISA, MASTER CARD, Plus and JCB – but be wary of high charges from your bank if you make a withdrawal on a credit card. Under Vietnamese law, ATM may only dispense cash in Vietnamese Dong. Most banks will only allow you to withdraw a maximum of 2,000,000 VND, or just over $100, but ANZ and HSBC machines will allow you to withdraw up to 4,000,000 VND.

Health & Safety

– Drinking Water: In Vietnam, avoid tap water as much as possible and only drink bottled water. Also, ice outside may not be safe because it may have been made with contaminated water.

– Food: One of the best things about Hanoi is street foods. If you really want to eat street food during your time here, reviews from a good source.

– Sun and Insects: make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellent products. – Your personal kit must have solution to stomachache, headache and such. – Pharmacies can be found in almost every in town. Write down the name of the medicine you want to buy, or use body language to explain, as not many pharmacist can communicate in English. – Emergency contact number: Police (113) – Fire (114) – Ambulance (115) – List of Private Clinic and Hospital in Ha Noi:

- Bach Mai hospital: 78 Giai Phong street, Phuong Mai ward, Dong Da district, Ha Noi -  Tel: 844 3869 3731 - Fax : 844 3869 1607 - http://www.bachmai.gov.vn/

- Hanoi Medical University Hospital: No. 1 Ton That Tung street, Trung Tu Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi - Tel: 024.3574 7788 - Fax: 024.3574 6298 - http://benhviendaihocyhanoi.com/

Telecommunication

– Simcard

Nearly every shops in Vietnam sell preactivated GSM SIM Card. For the best coverage, ensure that the SIM card you get is either on the Viettel, Mobifone or Vinafone networks. The normal SMS SIM Card costs around 80.000 VND and is valid for 2 month. After your first call you will see the actual expiration date, and a bonus of 50.000+50.000 VND for making calls. Topping up is usually by scratch card. At Arrival Terminal of Noi Bai International Airport, You can buy sim card at: Agribank (Agriculture and Rural Development bank), Vietcombank, Eximbank booths.

– 3G and Wifi:

3G:The three top mobile companies also provide decent 3G service in Vietnam.