I flew from Bangkok to Hanoi and arrived at night. Stayed at a backpacker’s hostel in the old quarter, close to the market. This is a golden rule for me – Always be close to the city centre to avoid the mess over transportation. Wake up with the mix of confusing noises coming from the market, people, motorbikes… a chaotic city with frenetic rhythm.
To get to know Vietnam, I decided to give a deep dive into the country, making a 1700km north-south travel by train, starting in Hanoi (official capital) until Ho Chi Minh – ex-Saigon (economic capital), visiting Halong Bay, Hué (imperial city) and Can Tho (floating markets). Check the dedicated posts.