We were welcomed to Vietnam by the chaos, energy, and thick humidity of Hanoi.
Diving right in to walking around the Old Quarter, enjoying cold beers, and getting post-flight massages was the only way to stay awake after the long flight. Hanoi is known for it's food and while it may seem challenging to figure out which stand to go to and what to order, a local guide can take you around to all the best spots. Tasting things like Bahn Xeo, Bun Cha, and lots of other things whose names escape me.
Travelling from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, spend a couple days exploring the beautiful bay. Cruises—like the one we did—go to different spots in the bay and provide activities like kayaking to secluded beaches and hiking to caves on small islands. Riding alongside giant rock pillars jutting out of the water is almost as breathtaking as watching the sun set over the bay, lighting up the horizon.
South of Hanoi is Hoi An, known for it’s Old Town covered by multi-colored lanterns, delicious Bahn Mi, and customized hand-made clothing.
Despite the chaotic energy, Vietnam has beauty to be found in the nooks and crannies.
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