10.10.2016 - 11.10.2016
Hanoi was an assault to the senses with its neon signs, constant tooting of car horns and smells wafting from street food stalls, especially after spending a day travelling through airports. The grand hotel lobby looked out of place down a back street of the Old Quarter, and we dumped our bags and headed out for some Pho from a local street vendor before dropping into bed just after midnight for a much needed sleep.
The big comfy hotel bed
The awesome egg coffee drank looking out to the lake from the second floor window balcony at the hidden Dinh Cafe
Learning the Mausoleum was closed for renovations throughout our stay and we wouldn't be able to see Ho Chi Minh's body.
Trying to dry the wet stinky boots from out jungle adventure before heading off to trek in Sapa.
Change money on arrival as local stalls don't accept USD
Walk through the Old Quarter, past the lake and on to try and find an elusive Cannon camera.
Eating and drinking:
Bahn mi ( Vietnamese pork and pate roll from a local street stall
DIY fresh spring rolls with marinated fish whilst sat at the side of the street
Breakfast at the hotel from the rooftop with views across the Hanoi skyline.
Without specific instructions we would not have found Dinh Cafe which was located through a bag shop, down a dark corridor, up narrow dusty stairs and along another dark corridor to the second floor to drink their awesome and very reasonably priced egg coffee on the open balcony overlooking the lake.
May de Ville Old Quarter - very plush and perfectly located. We booked and extended check out and arranged to store our bags whilst we visited Sapa and Halong Bay before returning back to Hanoi for a few more days. We also arranged our transfer from the airport and to the train station with the hotel.
May de Ville Old Quarter: http://www.maydeville.com/oldquarter/home.htm