Hanoi- what a stark contrast to Saigon. It feels a lot more communist here and the differences in North and South Vietnam are apparent as soon as you arrive.
Hanoi was less affected by the war and so the old architecture still remains, the Old quarter is very beautiful to walk around.
We walked around the whole day, and saw the roads dedicated to shoe sellers, silk street, and then for art and for different memorabilia. It is so fun just to walk around the city and enjoy the sights
The truth is, I was super poorly in Hanoi and I needed to get better for my Halong Bay cruise and so I didn’t enjoy this city as much as maybe I could have.
The streets are busy and crowded in the Old Quarter and to the south east of the lake you can walk to the French quarter which boasts wide streets and long boulevards- a beautiful French feel in this area and perfect for people watching and coffee.
The best way to spend a day in Hanoi is to either join an organised walking tour or follow the Lonely Planet walking tour guide, soak up the atmosphere of the old quarter and the French quarter.. Walk around the lake and enjoy some music and bars in the evening.
At midnight I was asleep in my room and I heard a voice on a megaphone saying something in Vietnamese. I think she was telling everyone to close up and go home because I heard the sound of shutters closing and sudden commotion- a couple of minutes later it was eerily dark and eerily quiet! I wish I had enough time to check this place out more.. But maybe on another trip!