5 Days In Hanoi
We stayed in Hanoi for five days as we wanted to take time to recover from jet lag, fully explore and also take a trip to Ha Long Bay. Our first day in Hanoi was disconcerting. We honestly didn’t know if we liked the city or not. There are motorbikes everywhere (literally) and they rarely stop at the red light. We felt overwhelmed and so scared to cross the street. Though after a couple of days, we fell in love with this hectic and chaotic city. There are great spots to discover and we really enjoyed the authentic Vietnamese food. Hanoi isn’t a touristy city at all, you can really experience how locals live and we thought it was a great place to start our trip with.
Our favourite activities in Hanoi
Walk around Hoàn Kiếm Lake at night
The lake looks magical when the lights are switched on at night.
Train street is the ideal spot for your Instagram pictures!
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
The citadel is a beautiful sight and it take two to three hours to visit. The place is soaked with interesting history and it was a lovely sunny afternoon spent outdoors.
Hanoi’s French Quarter
Hanoi’s French Quarter hosts most of the city’s foreign embassies, government buildings and affluent residential neighbourhoods. Its beautiful architecture definitely worth to wander around and you’ll find upscale restaurants in the area.
Day trip to Ha Long Bay
Going to Ha Long Bay isn’t the cheapest activity to do in Vietnam, but it’s just too amazing to be missed. There are plenty of options at different costs to choose from. We payed £160 ($195) per person for a private 6-hour trip with 2-hour return transfer from our hotel in Hanoi which isn’t bad at all. It was really difficult to pick a tour as you are literally facing hundreds of options. We picked a day tour with Vega Travel and we had a perfect day trip. See the review of our tour here.