Day 7 (Thursday 25th July 2013) was a slow start as we had the morning to sleep in and then relax on the beach before our 1pm flight to Hanoi.
We would stay Thursday night in Hanoi before heading to Ha Long Bay for Friday night and then returning to Hanoi on Saturday till our holiday end on Tuesday.
Hanoi is such a different look and feel to Saigon with a large old town that is more like I expected of Vietnam.
St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
West Lake (Ho Tay), in centre of Hanoi
Our hotel in Hanoi was the Splendid Start Suite Hotel. It is well located opposite the St Joseph’s Cathedral in a street full of boutique hotels. At US$45 a night the family room is large with a good range of TV channels and a hearty breakfast included. There are bits and pieces in the rooms that may require you to get the staff to attend to – e.g. broken video cable in Nanra’s room and loose shower head in ours – but the staff are so friendly and accommodating that they are the highlight of this boutique hotel.
Family Room on left and Nanra’s got the Honeymoon Room on right
Dinner for our first night in Hanoi was at the Green Tangerine. A very upmarket restaurant in the old town of Hanoi. It’s food was French with a Vietnamese Twist. Our reviews were mixed. Those that went for the more western fare of steak really enjoyed while those of us that went for the Vietnamese Taste were not as impressed – mainly because the down scale Vietnamese was better and many times cheaper.
It was a chance for some of our party to have a good steak and switch back to western food – the steak was outstanding.