I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam because it is near and it sounded exotic. When my Vietnamese friend invited me over for her wedding celebration earlier this year in February, I made a trip to Hanoi and fell in love with the city!
These are the things I love about the city:
1. Food and Drinks!
Of course, as a true foodie you can’t go to any country without trying their local dishes. To be honest, most of the time I have no idea what I put into my mouth but I make it a point to not question and eat like a local when in foreign land. That principle pays off every time.
3. The Scenery.
As a visitor to Hanoi, it is quite inevitable to miss out on the Halong Bay cruise. It’s almost mandatory to go there or your trip will be disregarded. I went on a cold and rainy day and the view was unfortunately covered in fogs but you can still see its beauty.
4. The weather.
I feel like such a noob when I landed in Hanoi. I knew it was going to be chilly as warned by my friend, but I thought by default Southeast Asian country’s weather is hot so I arrived in my t-shirt and jeans. I was shivering not long after and finally bought a North Face jacket there. It was nice to have a cooling weather in South East Asia!
5. The people
As cliché as it is, the people are certainly the biggest pull factor. My friend was such a nice host and I made new friends there. They are polite, hospitable and one of the most genuine people I’ve met.
I would definitely come back to visit them!
P.S: Stay tuned for more details on where to go in Hanoi.