This will proooobably have to be a two-parter. I spent the most time of any country in Vietnam, and my other posts probably should’ve been two parts themselves… Also, I’m gonna try a new format, with sections! Lawdy, at this point, it’s been a while, so I’m struggling to sit down and write it all down before I forget it.
- Getting into Vietnam, friends, and Hanoi
- Ninh Binh
- Cat Ba Island and Ha Long bay
- The Ha Giang Loop
- Motorcycles and setting off
I flew into Hanoi, where my friends from back home were going to visit me. When I got into the airport, Phil was already there. It was great seeing a familiar face after so long on the road and meeting and saying goodbye to people in such quick succession. I had already booked a hostel for us in Hanoi. Hanoi is one of those big tourist cities that has such high throughput that there are tons of cheap and excellent hostels. We got there from the airport pretty easily at night and immediately went out to sample the local snacks. A night market was still going, but I quickly noticed that it seemed to have much less focus on food than night markets in other countries, where it would usually be a long procession of different food carts.