Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. I was in Hanoi for 2 nights and here is my visual diary (because sometimes words aren’t just enough):
Typical street in buzzing Hanoi. This picture was taken at 7am in the morning before the hustle and bustle began.
Some yummy sugar-filled street food anyone?
We stayed at the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa an incredible hotel. I was impressed by how nice this hotel was in terms of the little details, the decor of the rooms and the service. At times unknown name brands are the way to go #DontBeASnobIfItsNotAFourSeasons
With the crew visiting the famous Temple of the Jade Mountain which is on the beautiful Ho Hoan Kiem lake.
Exploring artefacts at the temple
The tourist in me here visiting St. Joseph’s cathedral in Hanoi
Some interesting and extremely cheap street food in Hanoi slushed down with some Hanoi beer. I felt food in Hanoi was very fresh and tasted somewhat healthy compared to food in the west.
Downtime at the beautiful (I mean STUNNING) Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi #PureLuxury and the drinks and service here was simply DIVINE. Did I mention that the hotel is an award-winning colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel?
Drinks at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi #Yummmmm
I forgot to mention that one of my highlights in Hanoi was actually the nightlife. There were many little bars and clubs, some very well hidden, all with influences from the west with regard to music.
What did I love about Hanoi: The culture, the food and how affordable things were. The people were also super warm. Not sure Hanoi receives many dark coloured sisters so I got stares but warm stares at that.
What did I hate: Not staying longer. You know that feeling when you get a dose of something great and in a flash its gone…yes that feeling.
Would I go back: Hell YES!!!
Have you been to Vietnam before? If so, what did you love about it the most? Share with us other Sassy adventurous readers 🙂