Introduction to the Grand Prix
The Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix is held at the Hanoi Street Circuit. It is the latest addition to the F1 calendar and will host its first race in 2020. The track features elements similar to Nurburgring, Suzuka and Monaco circuits. This modern circuit was designed with overtaking and spectators in mind by Herman Tilke. Featuring a 1.5km straight, the cars are expected to reach speeds of over 330km/h.
- First Grand Prix: 2020
- Number of Laps: 55
- Circuit Length: 5.607km
- Corners: 23
- Fastest Lap: n/a
- Language: Vietnamese
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time: GMT +7
What are the best grandstands to watch F1 Vietnam Grand Prix?
Since 2020 is the first year when Vietnam Grand Prix race was introduced, we can only speculate which of the grandstands will offer the best spectating.
Turn 2-3-4 Grandstand – fans expect that turns 1 into 2 will be the overtaking hot-spot. A seat here should be the place to capture that action as see the cars speed out of turn 5.
Starting Grid Grandstand – as with most circuits, it is ideal for viewing the race preparations, pit-stop action and the post-race formalities.
It is unclear how good the general admission viewing platforms will be at the moment.
How to get to F1 Vietnam Grand Prix?
Getting to and around Hanoi
Most convenient arrival point in Vietnam is the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). It is located around 30km away from Hanoi Old Quarter, the main tourist area in Hanoi. Noi Bai connects several domestic flights as well as flights from nearby countries in South East Asia. Those travelling from further afar will likely need to connect through Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.
Transport in Vietnam is relatively cheap compared to most destinations on the F1 Calendar. There are several options to get from the airport to your accommodation:
The most convenient way to get to your hotel is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful outside of the airport but are notorious for ripping off tourists. Therefore, make sure you use a reputable taxi company. We recommend Vinasun or Mai Linh. You should also check the price before getting into the car or request to use a meter.
Alternatively, download Grab – Asia’s ride-sharing app to your mobile phone and hail a car to your destination. Grab tends to be a little cheaper than taxis but make sure you get into the right car by checking its number plate. Also, check your destination with the driver as scammers may try to get you into their car instead.
Your journey should take you around 1 hour and cost around $10-15 (200k-350k Dong).
By shuttle bus/van
Vietnam airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar operate a shuttle service from the airport to Hanoi’s old square. There are buses and vans available but a van is probably a more convenient option as drivers will drop you off at or near your hotel. Many streets around the city centre are too tight for large buses to go to and you may end up walking.
A one-way journey should cost you around 40k Dong or $2. As with most services catering to tourists, some drivers will try to overcharge you and we have heard of people being charged triple this amount. Prepare to negotiate or walk around and find a different driver.
Shuttle buses will be located outside of the arrivals gates. Likely, someone will offer their services as soon as you step out of the terminal but if you’re unsure, ask for directions at the tourist helpdesk.
By public bus
Bus number 86 and 90 operate every 20-30 minutes between Noi Bai Airport and Hanoi Railway Station. It only stops at a few stations and off-peak travel time should be just over an hour. Keep in mind that during peak times, these buses will be quite busy. Tickets cost 30k Dong or $1.50.
Getting to the Hanoi Street Circuit
By taxi/ride sharing
Due to low transport costs, this is the most convenient way to travel around Hanoi. If choosing a taxi, make sure to use a reputable company as we have mentioned above. We recommend asking your hotel’s reception desk to organise you a taxi.
Grab is widely used by tourists as well as locals around Hanoi. The biggest benefit is that you agree a price before hailing a ride. The traffic in Hanoi is definitely hectic with scooters flying by in all directions. Get the full Hanoi experience and hail a Grab Bike!
Where to stay for the F1 Vietnam Grand Prix?
Compared to most other destinations on the F1 calendar, Vietnam is a relatively cheap place for fans to visit. Fans travelling for the Vietnam Grand Prix will find plenty of accommodation options to suit any budget.
Old Quarter– This is an area where most tourists visiting Hanoi tend to stay. Located close to many of the sight-seeing attractions, it hosts plenty of restaurants, nightlife and tour operators.
Ba Dinh – located north of Old Quarter, an area where you can find most of Hanoi’s historical monuments. It is more suited for those who wish to escape the busy streets of the Old Quarter.
Tay Ho – located north of Ba Dinh around the West Lake. A quieter area, more suited for those who wish to relax by the lake-side cafes away from the hustle of Hanoi city centre.
The circuit itself is located in the Nam Tu Liem district which is a business district with not much to do for tourists. There are not many hotels near the track so watching the race from the hotel room/balcony doesn’t look to be possible.
What else is there to do in Hanoi?
Hanoi is a great city to visit and you could spend a few days here while travelling for the Vietnam Grand Prix. You can wonder around the busy city streets with endless restaurants and bars to choose from. Some of the tourist’s favourite attractions are:
Water Puppet Theatre – water puppetry is a long established tradition in Vietnam and features on most tourists’ ‘to-see’ lists. The best regarded one is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre located in Hanoi Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake.
Hoa Lo Prison – dubbed by the American POWs as ‘The Hanoi Hilton’, the French built this prison during the French Indochina era. Later, the North Vietnamese used it during the Vietnam War. While most of the prison has been demolished, the gatehouse was turned into a museum which showcases the horrible conditions the prisoners had to endure.
Ha long bay – A popular trip whilst in Hanoi is to sail to and around Ha Long Bay, known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There is a multitude of options when considering boat class, duration and which part of the bay you want to visit. Make sure your tour agent explains the options to you well so you can choose a trip that suits you.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Ho Chi Minh is regarded as the greatest leader in the history of Vietnam by many locals in Hanoi. His body is laid to rest at this incredible mausoleum in the city of Hanoi which is open to tourists.
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