This afternoon I returned to Hong Kong after five days traveling Hanoi and Halong Bay Vietnam. I can already say I miss it. The chaotic streets, incredible food, and vibrancy of the Old Quarter are simply unsurpassable. There’s something unique and special I connect with when walking past hundreds of motorbikes, on streets forged with character and history, and a society that has developed in its own way without the rules or regulation that envelopes Western culture.

The market in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
The market in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The first two days of our trip seemed to blur past in Hanoi, as we strove to pack the tourist sites into our itinerary, while eating enough street food to satisfy a village. We promptly fell in love with the Old Quarter, which quickly became out daily and nightly go to destination, and one of the highlights of our trip. The streets here are lined with vendors, stores, food, grime, and history. It’s a chaotically charismatic place, not for the faint of heart, but those who will or can embrace it will be rewarded with an incredible experience. I’ll post a separate more detailed review in the next week, there’s simply so much to say and cover, it deserves its own piece.

One of the many spectacular views of Halong Bay.
One of the many spectacular views of Halong Bay.

The second portion of our trip was to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage and a New Seven Wonders of the World site. For those who haven’t seen or heard of the Bay, do yourself the favor and look through at some of my pictures (more to come), it’s one of those truly remarkable places that leaves you in complete and utter awe. Once again, I’m going to review this separately. It isn’t fair to group this with anything else.

In closing, Vietnam we’re going to miss you dearly. We will definitely be returning to see Ho An, Da Nang, and Saigon. In the meantime our next two trips are to Thailand, but stay tune for more in-depth reviews of Vietnam.

Bailey and I in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Bailey and I in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Erik

To see my first review of Vietnam – Touchdown in Hanoi

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