I’ll be honest with you, I was a bit afraid of Hanoi before we went there. Most of what I’d heard about the city was contrary to our travel style: it’s busy, disorganized, full of scammers, loud, etc. I’ve had friends travel there that have absolutely hated it, but also friends that absolutely loved it. I was worried that, after three days relaxing in Luang Prabang, Laos, Hanoi’s energy would be too much for us.
As luck would have it, when you have a bar set pretty low for a place, the conditions are set for it to really knock it out of the park. And while I’m not sure my opinion of Hanoi would be the same if we’d been there a full week instead of a mere 48 hours, I’m glad we spent the time we did in Hanoi rather than skip it altogether. Read more