Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam – is in the north of the country, which was unified after the Vietnam War. I found it has a more traditionally Vietnamese feel than Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City in the south, and more French colonial influence from before the Vietnam War remains. As a northern city, it also has more influence from nearby China.
Hanoi is a very photogenic place indeed. This is the beautiful Huc Bridge, which leads across the large Hoan Kiem Lake, in the centre of the city, to the Ngoc Son Temple. Crossing the bridge, and paying the entrance fee to see the temple and take some photo opportunities across the lake, is a must-do while in Hanoi.
Last month I had my fantastic first trip to Vietnam. I’ve got so much I want to share about this fascinating country and its food and culture, and I’ll be writing several themed posts over the coming months. But just for now, these are extracts adapted from my journal, written while I was in Hanoi, and some of which I published on Facebook and Instagram at the time. They are not comprehensive at all, but just scratch the surface of all I did and saw, highlighting one stand-out experience from each day, in the same style as the journal I’ve already posted from my time in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.