From historic Hue to hyped Halong and humid Hanoi

After weeks of travelling through Vietnam, we are finally in the north.

It’s not like we aimed for the north as some kind of Mecca for our Vietnam travels but we always wanted to get here in good time so we at least know our flight home is not too tough to catch.

The old city gate to Hanoi
The old city gate to Hanoi

But before we jet out of here (via Bangkok and Stockholm), we’ve got a lot to do in the north of this colourful country. We’ve just been to the beautiful (if somewhat overhyped) Halong Bay, and we are soon off to Sapa for a tour of the valleys and mountains with the Hmong tribe.

The floating limestone mountain wonder that is Halong Bay
The floating limestone mountain wonder that is Halong Bay

For now we’re wandering the streets of Hanoi, tasting our way through the city on a street food tour, soaking up some of the best documented history at the myriad of historic sites in Hanoi, and dancing through the persistant rain that’s hit the city (due to a nearby tropical storm).

Jo wandering through a market in Hanoi's Old Quarter, on the only sunny evening we've had here.
Jo wandering through a market in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, on the only sunny evening we’ve had here.

It is hot, sticky, damp, and exciting. While Hanoi is no Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), it’s certainly got a lot to offer no matter what you are looking for (including more of Ho Chi Minh than in Ho Chi Minh city, funnily enough). It’s a sprawling capital city containing a labyrinth of avenues and shops, bars, restaurants, and more.

The capital is perhaps not the most exciting city, however it’s one of the highlights of our Vietnam trip. Check out some snaps in our gallery below.

Next stop: Sapa. An overnight train beckons. We’ll see you in the mountains.

 

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