We were welcomed to Vietnam by the chaos, energy, and thick humidity of Hanoi.
We dove right in to walking around the Old Quarter, enjoying cold beers, and getting post-flight massages. Since Hanoi is known for it's food, we had a local guide take us around to all the best spots in the city, tasting Bahn Xeo, Bun Cha, and lots of other things I don't remember the name of.
From Hanoi we went to Ha Long Bay and spent a couple days on a boat, cruising to different spots in the bay, kayaking to secluded beaches and hiking to caves on small islands. Riding alongside giant rock pillars jutting out of the water was almost as breathtaking as watching the sun set over the bay, lighting up the horizon.
After our time in Hanoi, we headed south to Hoi An where we customized hand-made clothing, wandered under the ancient town lanterns, and got stuck on bikes in a thunderstorm.
Oh, and consumed way too much Bahn Mi & Bintang.
EAT | Banh Cuon Nong
DO | Ha Long Bay Cruise
SHOP | Tuong Tailor
DINNER | Morning Glory
ROOFTOP DRINKS | The Chef
DO | Walk around old town Hoi An at sundown