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Lower Mekong Initiative Workshop

Event Video

The Lower Mekong Initiative Workshop overviewThank you to our partners at the University of Oregon, The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) for putting together this video of the event.


Updated - August 17th

Transportation Information: From Noibai (Hanoi) Airport to Venue / hotels

Taxis or mini bus to the center of Hanoi are available at this airport. Just go outside the Arrival Terminal, past one lane and all transportation are located there. If you arrive on Saturday or Sunday between 8am and 10pm, there will be 2 staff from VinaREN waiting inside arrival hall with LMI WORKSHOP sign (pictured below) to assist you, as well as 2 staff members present at the Hoa Binh Hotel.

Airport Sign

Your transporation options from the airport to the hotel:

Taxi: This is the most recommended way to travel to the hotel. Go outside the Arrival Terminal, past one lane and take any taxi.

Also, please be aware that there is another hotel called Hoa Binh Palace and this may confuse your cab driver. 

Let your cab driver know that you want Hoa Binh Hotel, 27 Ly Thuong Kiet Str., Hoan Kiem District.  This hotel is across the street from the NASATI - National Centre for Scientific and Technological Information, 24 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District (see Helpful Phrases below).

Mni bus: Go outside Arrival Terminal, past one lane, then turn left. After about 50 meters, you will reach the mini bus stop.

Helpful Phrases

Xin chào ! Hi !
Xin cảm ơn ! Thank you.
Xin tạm biệt ! Goodbye.
Tôi xin lỗi ! I am sorry.
Hết bao nhiêu tiền ? How much is it?
Nhà vệ sinh ở đâu ? Where is the rest room ?
Tôi muốn đi đến_____.
Khách sạn Hòa Bình. Địa chỉ: 24 Lý
Thường Kiệt, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội.  I want to go to_____. Hoa Binh Hotel. Address: 24 Ly Thuong Kiet str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Useful Information


The weather in Hanoi is hot and wet, sometimes rainy. The temperature is around 26 ~ 36°C (78 ~ 89°F) in August.


Transactions are using Vietnam dong (VND). The exchange rate is quoted around 21,000 VND to USD 1 as of August 2014. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the Noibai International Airport upon arrival, or at government-authorized banks and tourist hotels.

Tipping / Taxes

Tipping is not required. A 10% value-added tax are added to room rates and meals.

Time Zone

Hanoi is 7 hours ahead of UTC / GMT.

Local Transport

City traffic is very crowned with motorbikes. The most recommended transportation is taxi.


Vietnam uses electric current of 220 volts. Most of the electrical outlets are available.

Recommended restaurants

LMI Recommended Restaurants

Maxx Café:

Add: 30 Ly Thuong Kiet str.

Price: 3$-10$

Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Vietnamese, French

Van Nam:

Add: 27b Ly Thuong Kiet str.

Price: 3$-20$

Cuisines: Vietnamese

Vedette Cafe & Lounge:

Add: 27 Ly Thuong Kiet str.

Price: 3$-20$

Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Vietnamese, French, Japanese


Add: 53a Hang Bai str.

Price: 2$-10$

Cuisines: International


Add: 2 Hang Bai str.

Price: 2$-20$

Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Vietnamese, French

Peak Coffee & Lounge:

Add: 28 Ly Thuong Kiet str.

Price: 2$-10$

Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Vietnamese, French