Great dental care needn’t cost the earth. Our dentists in Hanoi deliver comprehensive dental services for the budget-conscious traveller – without skimping on the quality.
Formerly known as Thang Long, and renamed in 1831, Hanoi lies on the banks of the Red River, where human settlements date back to 3 BC. Vietnam’s capital, and largely unscathed by the bombings of the Vietnam War, it is an attractive, small city where the Parisian ambience of its grand colonial buildings and sweeping boulevards give it a certain European charm. Among this is Hoan Kiem Lake, fringed with Banyan trees and an ancient Chinese pagoda at its center, where people congregate at dawn for synchronized t’ai chi.
With a population of only 4 million it is certainly less densely populated than many of Southeast Asia’s other cities, including Ho Chi Minh in the south of the country. However, it is still an effervescent city, and a stroll through the Old Quarter will remind you this is Southeast Asia as scooters and cyclos zip through narrow back lanes, and sidewalks become workshops, bike parks, street cafes and all other manner of uses besides walking on. It wouldn’t be truly Asia if there wasn’t a certain amount of chaos. With so many distractions you’d be forgiven for not noticing the skeleton of the city – 15th century merchants’ houses, pagodas and temples, hidden from view by the swarming humanity going about their business.
West of the Old Quarter is the Ba Dinh district, where the most important historical and cultural monuments of the city are located, dating back to the 11th century when the Imperial City was built, although only One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature remain.
The city is a fusion of ancient and modern, and having experienced a recent construction boom some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country have sprung up, drastically altering the skyline to a modern cityscape.
It is cosmopolitan and there is no shortage of facilities and amenities to satiate the needs of modern travellers. Dental patients will find the standards of dental care excellent, and with more than enough to see, do and experience when their treatment is over.
The city lies on the banks of the Red River, in the northeast of Vietnam.
A city that is not so big it is overwhelming, there are peaceful enclaves so it doesn’t appear as frenzied as some other Asian cities.
While medical and dental tourism in Vietnam may be slightly behind some neighboring countries in terms of numbers, it isn’t in terms of skill and expertise. As the country’s capital, it is inevitable that Hanoi will have more than its fair share of good-quality dentists offering services to international patients.
Dental clinics who are offering these services tend to be contemporary and modern, equipped with the best technology and have medical staff who are well trained, many who have trained outside of the country in Europe, the US, Australia or Japan.
Part of the remit of these clinics is to make international patients feel comfortable. To do this, they have English speaking dentists and often have internationally-recognisable qualifications, memberships or affiliations, such as to the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, or the International Standards Organization.
Sometimes international patients are suspicious of the low prices, thinking that the materials used in dentistry must be inferior, but this isn’t the case. Dentists in Hanoi use the same materials your dentist at home would use, imported from the same manufacturers. Prices are cheaper because overheads here are far less than at home – and these savings are passed on to patients:
• Average cost of a dental crown in the Australia $1,450, At a Hanoi dentist as little as $160• Average cost of root canal, post and crown in Australia $2,800, At a Hanoi dentist only $700• Average cost of dental implant and crown in Australia $5,000, At a Hanoi dentist around $1,450
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Accommodation in Hanoi ranges from 5* splendor to clean, basic hostel rooms for a few dollars a night. Most of the major hotel chains are represented here, as well as some unique, quirkier options, so whether you want to stay in French colonial grandeur, or in the Old Quarter there’ll be something to suit your style and budget.
Hanoi is an extremely safe city. There are no western foreign office warnings about traveling here, and there is a low risk of terrorist threat in Vietnam.
The quality of care is excellent, as long as you are prepared to do a little homework, and check out your prospective dentist and clinic. While there are good dentists here, there are also likely to be some not-so-good ones – so make sure you don’t find one of them.
We always stress the importance of background checks, and it is important to look at a number of things, which taken together will give you an overall picture as to the reliability of a dentist or clinic.
Our checks include criminal and legal records, dentist qualifications and professional memberships. If these stack-up, we also like to visit clinics, and look for obtaining real patient testimonials. Obviously we know from time to time that every dentist is going to get a less than exemplary review, but providing the feedback is generally positive, patient reviews are an accurate barometer of the standard of care received.
These, alongside our high definition clinic photos should enable you to make an informed choice about whether a particular clinic is the right one for you.
If you have chosen a reliable dentist it is less likely that something will go wrong. However, even with careful checks, very occasionally problems may occur. Mistakes do happen sometimes – dentists are not superhuman – and sometimes it may not be anyone’s fault but just your body’s response to the treatment.
Nevertheless, this isn’t much comfort if you do have a problem. All of our clinics have warranties and guarantees on the work they do, and the materials they use, and if an issue arises with your treatment we will see to it that it is resolved free-of-charge.
It may become more problematical if you have already left Hanoi, as you will, of course, have to travel back. Our dentists’ warranties do not include additional travel or accommodation expenditure, so we would advise, for your complete peace-of-mind, that you take out medical complications insurance. It is a small extra expense but should the worst happen and you do need to return you will get your travel and accommodation costs reimbursed.
Yes – our dentists speak English as well as Vietnamese – and some speak French and Italian.
English is now the second language in Vietnam, rather than French – and is taught in schools.
Our dental offices usually accept a variety of payments alongside cash. You will have to check out the individual clinic listings on our website, but debit/credit cards, personal/traveler checks and bank transfers may also be accepted. Credit card transactions may incur an additional processing fee of 3-4%.
It is improbable that your dental insurance will be accepted by your dentist in Hanoi. If your insurance has ‘out-of-network’ care it may be possible for you to claim back your expenses once you have returned home. Phone your insurance provider before you travel to check, and make sure they send any forms or documentation you might need so you can bring them with you.
You can visit all year round as our dentists are open throughout, apart from major holidays, like Christmas.
The weather is warm and humid in Hanoi, especially in summer. Most of the rainfall is between May and September. In winter it tends to be overcast and foggy, but still mild.
Certainly the newer hotels rated 3* and above should be wheelchair friendly. Out in the city you may find it a little more difficult getting around, although some places are easier than others. In the Old Quarter, particularly, the sidewalks are littered with obstacles – from parked bikes to street vendors to groups of people standing around chatting – and you will have to go round them to get past.
That said, most people will usually help out if you are in difficulty, but you will probably find it easier if you have an able-bodied person with you.
Our Customer Care team will be able to advise you on how to get to one of our dentists, so give them a call.
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Apart from the usual common-sense precautions you should take in any city, Hanoi is very safe. You should be aware of scams, especially when taking public transport. Make sure you agree a price, and be explicit how many passengers it is for before you embark on your journey. Misunderstandings about fares are common.
Don’t drink the tap water – even though it is heavily cholorinated, and peel fruit before you eat it.
There are a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and around Hanoi which you might like to visit. The Thang Long Imperial Citadel dates back to the 11th century. It has some remarkable buildings, lovely gardens and is free to get in. Across from the main building is the original main gate – the Doan Mon Relic – and also the Vietnam Military History Musem and Tower. Considering the complex is in the middle of some busy roads it is peaceful and tranquil and a nice respite from the city noise.
You may want to visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh while you are here. His body has been kept in state here since his death more than four decades ago, and there are still scores of visitors who come to see it. This is an austere place with respect and reverence required.
The Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s House is near the mausoleum. Refusing to live in the palace, Ho Chi Minh had a simple wooden house built where he lived until his death. Simple and airy, it overlooks mango-trees set around a small pond and is another place to come for peace and quiet.
There are several museums in Hanoi, including the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnamese Revolution Museum and The Vietnamese Women’s Museum and, rather awkwardly located north of the city, is the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. This absorbing museum gives information covering minority groups you’re likely to see on a trek and exhibits such as shaman’s masks. Outside in the gardens are example of traditional houses in the minority regions as well as a replica Giarai tomb, and it is worth making a trip to discover more about the indigenous tribes in Vietnam.
Outside of Hanoi, no trip to Vietnam is complete without a top to Ha Long Bay – literally, The Bay of the Descending Dragon. UNESCO World Heritage Listed, these limestone cliffs are dramatic, but impressive because of the sheer number of them – almost 2,000. Get a cruise out of Hanoi or Halong City, the town which overlooks the bay.
While you are out this way try to get to Cat Ba Island. There are 3 beaches located near the harbor town and a national park. Kayak through mangroves and lakes, discover the Hospital Cave, and be sure to take advantage of the seaside restaurants as the sun goes down. You can take an organized tour here for a few days for just a few dollars.
You’ll never be short of things to discover in and around Hanoi, that you’ll wish you were staying for longer.
The international airport at Hanoi (Noi Bai) receives regular flights from around the world.
Cyclo – These bicycle rickshaws are the best way of getting around for short trips. They’re cheap but you’ll have to bargain to get the best fares. You’ll find the drivers outside main hotels and markets.
Xe Om – Motorbike taxis are also great for getting around, and a similar price to the cyclos. Again, make sure you agree your fare first.
Taxi – For traveling at night taxis are the best, and safest way of crossing the city. More expensive than Xe Om and cyclos they’re still cheap by international standards.
Noi Bai International Airport: 16 miles (27 kms), 35 minsHa Long Bay: 91 miles (147 kms), 3 hrsVietnam Museum of Ethnology: 3 miles (4 kms) 12 minsCam Pha: 117 miles (188 kms), 4 hours
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