Hanoi Has Asia's Best Architecture
If you've been around Asian cities enough, you've come to expect mostly drab, modern concrete structures without style. That is DEFINITELY not Hanoi! the homes in Hanoi are the most architecturally remarkable in all of Asia, in my opinion (not that I've seen all of the cities in the continent). Colorfully painted and an interesting combination of Vietnamese and French designs, you will definitely enjoy looking at homes as you drive through the city.
Dancing in Lenin Park
Lenin Park has already been described as a place to watch people doing Tai Chi early in the morning. However, there's also sport in the evening. If you enter the park from its south side (opposite Bach Khoa University), and walk to the right, you'll soon come across a paved circle on which people gather in the evening to enjoy dancing classes. I came there with some friends of mine and we were immediately joining the group and having fun! There's even an instructor, in case you lack the skills to do a proper waltz... no equipment needed - only curiosity
Shopping at the Old Quarter Area
The famous Old Quarter area north of Hoan Kiem Lake is very good for shopping, especially for ladies. While walking along the maze of chaotic and small streets, you will be many shops selling all kinds of stuff. For ladies, you can buy shirts, dresses, skarfs, handbags, shoes, silk sleeping bags etc. There are also many shops selling local crafts (e.g. beautiful lanterns) and souvenirs (some of which are very good for decorating your house), as well as nice paintings. You need to bargain hard to bring down the prices, which they normally will reduce about 20-30% maximum (this is unlike China where they will reduce the price as much as 70% sometimes!).
Sometimes the best place is where you can be yourself, sit on a stool and watch whaterver 's on TV. Despite being an excellent restaurant ( " Bun Cha" here is superb ), the bar has series of small tables which is good for doing nothing particular. The staff dont care if you just hang out, which is good because the many football fans watching the Premier League do just that. Has a selection of interesting rice wines for the more adventurous, and its location on Ma May street makes it a good rest stop for tourists.
Vietnam Airline Minibus
The Vietnam MiniBus pick up point is located just outside the airport exit.
You only have to pay USD2 per person and give them the exact address (best in writings) you wish to go to.
So what is the catch?
After alighting another group of 6 pax to their hotel, it was our turn to reach our hotel.
I told them to send me to Phan Thai (Camellia Hotel) at Hang Giay St. In the end, they send me to (their friend hotel) Dan Thai and insist that this was the hotel.
I was already warned that they will pull this kind of trick on us to earn extra commission.
I refuse to alight until they dump me somewhere near Dong Xuan Market. I have to walk for about 10 mins with my luggages in search of the my hotel.