Hanoi was the final stop on my journey through Vietnam and it turned out to be one of my favourite places. It’s the capital and second largest city in the country, so as you can imagine it’s a big, hectic, loud and buzzing place. It has a similar size and vibe to Ho Chi Minh City in the south but, for me, Hanoi was my favourite of the two.
There is a lot to see and do here in terms of tourist attractions and shopping, and the nightlife is awesome, but I think what I loved so much about Hanoi was wandering down tiny side streets and finding really cool shops and cafes to hang out in. Hanoi has a really cool cafe culture, similar to Ho Chi Minh City, and I just loved exploring the city.
I also think it’s the best place to experience the crazy motorbike traffic that people will tell you about when they’ve been to Vietnam. Crossing the road is a pretty intense experience! You have to step out into the road when a wall of motorbikes is coming towards you and trust that they will stop, which they do. Eventually you get used to it, but it does take a while.
The sights I visited while I was here included the Hoa Lo Prison, where John McCain spent some of his time as a Prisoner of War; the Temple of Literature, which was a temple of Confucius; and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures of my time in Hanoi. What is your favourite city in Vietnam?