Hanoi’s double-decker bus trial

HANOI, June 30 — Vietnam’s first double-decker bus started operating here on Friday on a trial basis to serve tourists, and this kind of vehicle will be used more widely in the next one or two months.

The bus, domestically made with a cost of around 8 billion Vietnamese dong (354,000 U.S. dollars), equipped with modern facilities and free 4G wi-fi service, runs along Hanoi capital’s key places of interests, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The bus is equipped with a free Wi-Fi service and two LED displays announcing the next stop and displaying images of Hanoi’s scenic spots. The double-decker bus also has an audio system to introduce the history and culture of the destinations in different languages.

The first Hanoi double-decker bus will run pass famous attractions such as the Opera House and the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Westlake, Old Quarter of Hanoi.

The project was given prime ministerial approval to be implemented in Hanoi and six other cities and provinces for five years. The bus can carry up to 45 passengers to the airport and tourism areas. Each bus cost from VND7bn (USD307,000) to VND9bn.

Nguyen Cong Nhat, deputy head of Hanoi Transport Corporation said only one bus was deployed on the first day on June 30th to gather public opinion and they would put more buses into operation in the next two months. About 10 buses will be put into operation in July.

Then, Hanoi double-decker buses will operate in Hanoi and six other localities nationwide to transport tourists to places of interests and between the localities and airports.

Estimated Hanoi city tour by bus: Hanoi Opera House – Trang Tien str – Ngo Quyen – Ly Thuong Kiet – Hoa Lo Prison – Hai Ba Trung – Nguyen Khuyen – Temple of Letterature – Ton Duc Thang – Chu Van An – Dien Bien Phu – Hoang Dieu – Hoang Van Thu – Hung Vuong – Thanh Nien Road – Phan Dinh Phung – Hang Cot – Hang Luoc – Cha Ca – Hang Can – Luong Van Can – Le Thai To – Ba Trieu – Hai Ba Trung – Phan Chu Trinh – Hanoi Opera House

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Starting/End point at Hanoi Opera House.

Some tourists say they are excited to observe the city from the second storey of the bus of course without any obstacle.

Like double decker bus in London, Hanoi’s one has red colour.

The double-decker bus begins its trial journey at the Hanoi Opera House and moves along Trang Tien Street, before going around Hoan Kiem Lake.

Observations show that the bus is not caught by electric wires or tree branches along the streets that it traverses.

After a trial period to survey the most appropriate route, the service, known as City Tour, will be officially launched in the fourth quarter.