Hanoi was just like Ho Chi Minh City – busy, noisy, lots of horn beeping, great street food and you can’t walk 50 metres without being asked if you’d like to buy something or want a tour on a motor bike or in a rickshaw.
But Hanoi is far more attractive. You can happily get lost in the winding, narrow streets of the old quarter for hours. A walk around Hoàn Kiếm Lake is a pleasant experience, with the quaint Turtle Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the centre of the lake, and the Temple of Jade Mountain on Jade Island connected to shore by the red-painted wooden Huc Bridge the highlights.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the city head to Ba Dinh Square where you’ll find the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum; or walk around the gardens at the Temple of Literature.
MUSIC: “Be nice” by Jahzzar