The capital of the vast country which is Vietnam, Hanoi is a vibrant city packed with history, fragrant cuisine, ridiculous traffic and amazing coffee. A city buzzing with consistent motorbike horns, Hanoi is not for the faint-hearted, but it is teeming with hallmarks of Vietnam's turbulent past. Whether you're really into your Vietnamese history, love asian food or want to try some really wild nightlife Hanoi is the ideal destination for you.
With evidence of its French and Chinese heritage, Hanoi is one of my favourite places I have ever visited because of it' beautiful fusion of heritage which is evident in its cuisine, architecture and culture. Tucked between the fake designer shops, tiny street food vendors and questionable massage parlours, are vibrant, majestic pagoda's that look so ridiculously out of place, it's as if they've just dropped from the sky into that spot. And although Vietnam must be up there with one of the most hot and humid countries I've ever visited, there's something surprisingly refreshing about the wide streets, mostly dominated by ruthless mopeds, the families sharing pho on their tiny plastic chairs and the hearty smell of fresh Vietnamese coffee. Over 3,500 years older than the southern city of Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), Hanoi is a popular tourist destination but is still flush with its authentic past and is evidently less modern than its sister city.
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Currency: Vietnamese Dong VND
Some common words to know before you travel:
Hello = Xin Chao (Sin chow), Thank you = Cam on (kahm uhn), Excuse me = Xin loi (seen loy), The Bill Please = Tinh Tien (Din ting)
Time Difference: +6 Hours
Best Time to Visit: Hanoi have distinct seasons, the dry cooler winter lasts from Nov-April and the wetter summer May-Oct. We visited during October which was perfect for us as there was minimal rain but was still hot and sunny.
Flight Time: Around 15~ hours from the UK, usually stopping once at Abu Dhabi or Dubai
Price Range: Getting to Hanoi can be expensive, like any long haul flight is. That being said accommodation is ridiculously cheap, we stayed in a luxurious 4/5 star hotel at only £30 a night. Food and drink is also extremely reasonable in Hanoi, with an evening meal with alcohol for well under £10.
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