In january 2018 my boyfriend and I went to Vietnam for a month. We went from Hanoi down south, via Ha Long Bay, Danang, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Mekong Delta and ending in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). This is my impression of Hanoi, mostly through food, because that’s who I am!
No food, no life.
After the series of photos I list the hotels were we stayed and the museums we visited.
Especen Hotel, 28 P Tho Xuong, Hanoi
A very pleasant little hotel. The room was one of the best in retrospect we stayed at during our stay in Vietnam. We had the superior double room with lots of windows for 22 US dollars per night (the cheaper rooms in Vietnam are without windows as we came to notice…) The hotel arranged a airport pick-up car for us for 16 US dollars. The breakfast for 3 US dollars per person was a steal: One big bowl of pho, one big Vietnamese coffee and a bowl of yoghurt with fruit.
Little Hanoi Diamond, 11 Bat Dan Str, Hanoi
Also a small decent hotel without breakfast. This was our first experience with a hotel without windows. I’m not a fan, felt weird not seeing daylight waking up, it was easy to fall asleep though, because it was pitch black. They arranged a car for us to bring us to the airport.
Vietnamese Women Museum – all about Vietnamese women from colonial times to present with stories from the different peoples of Vietnam.
Hoa Lo Prison – if you’re up for it this is about the darker side of Vietnam’s history (and communist propaganda).
Other things to do
Midori Spa, 46&60 Ngo Hyen Str, Hanoi
A spa that only employs blind people (except the receptionist). It was one of the best massages I had in Vietnam (and I went to one in almost every city we went too….). To read more about them: www.midorispa.org.vn