A few days ago, we travelled to Vietnam for a few days of break.
We flew directly to Hanoi, which is just a 1.5 hours direct flight away from Hong Kong, so it’s very quick and easy to get to.
From the airport we took a taxi to take us into the city. The ride takes about 45 minutes, as the airport is quite far out of the city.
We stayed in the Hotel de l’Opera, which is very central and a great location to explore the surroundings. It is next to the famous Opera house which was built between 1901 and 1911 and is modelled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris’s two opera houses, and is considered to be one of the architectural landmarks of Hanoi.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and also its second largest city, with 7.1 million inhabitants (so its larger than Hong Kong, but because it’s more spacious, it does not feel half as crowded!).
It is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, so there are many beautiful old houses dotted around the city.
We spent four days exploring and re-visiting the city (our first and only other visit was in February 2008, so six years ago). We walked around the Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter, ate many versions of the local speciality Bun Cha and different rice noodle rolls, drank too many coffees (but so good), tried the fresh Hanoi beer and met many friendly people.
Overall, we had a great time and recharged our batteries… so follow me over the next days when I tell you all about our trip to this fantastic city.