HANOI, VIETNAM

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Back in June, myself and Dylan packed our 35L backpacks (which was incredibly hard, but surprisingly possible – for myself at least) and headed over to the intensely beautiful and chaotic Vietnam for two glorious weeks away from the “real world”. I’ve finally sorted through the photos and will be sharing them over the next couple weeks, destination by destination, as a bit of a photo diary.



Hanoi was our first real experience of Vietnam, and after landing in the chaotic culture shock that was Ho Chi Minh City the night before, it was a welcome relief (more on that one later). We spent about four nights in the majestic city, staying in a gorgeous Art Deco style apartment on the edge of the French Quarter, and spending our days wandering as far as we could through Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake, and much more.

















Highlights of Hanoi definitely had to be the super cheap Bia Ha Noi, walking in the rain (oh my god, it was so hot and humid that the afternoon rain was a treat) and this delicious, delicious Pho from a place called Pho Thin in the Hai Ba Trung District.









The low lights definitely had to be the bizarre smell that accompanied Hanoi - Dylan described Hanoi as having one of three scents (depending on it's mood, I guess) - the first being sewerage, the second being a eggy smell, and lastly (and definitely more preferred) it was the smell of cooking. Also, my personal low light was being bitten - bugs love me.



































8 comments:

  1. You're so right about the smell! I found Hanoi a massive culture shock and struggled with it, but your photos are amazing and leave me nostalgic!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! We found the same with Ho Chi Minh so didn't end up staying for those reasons!

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  2. It looks like just the best trip! So glad you guys had a great time, these photos make me want to explore. Maybe you can take us next time?

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    1. It was INCREDIBLE! Of course we will take you next time!

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  3. Such beautiful photos, definitely reigniting the travel bug in me!

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    1. Oh man, looking back on these photos is doing the same to us! You definitely have to go.

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  4. Such gorgeous photos, this really makes me want to travel to Hanoi!

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    1. Thanks Meagan! You definitely have to visit Hanoi, it's so beautiful!

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