I couldn't forget the beauty of the city and the friendliness of the local people in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was unforgettable for me, being the first time traveling to Hanoi and received a good impression of the places and people over there. We were told that the mentality and culture from the North (i.e Hanoi city) and South (i.e Ho Chi Minh city) of Vietnam are totally different since, they were occupied by Vietnamese and French respectively. The locals in the North region of Vietnam like, Hanoi deveop the typical Asian and Chinese mentality where they spend thrifty for the sake of their children's future and education while, the locals from the South region of Vietnam like, Ho Chi Minh spend lavishly in order to enjoy luxury lifestyle.
I hadn't been to Ho Chi Minh city but I believe it would leave disappointment in myself after receiving bad remarks from my friends' trips experience in Ho Chi Minh. I really enjoyed my one week trip in Hanoi as I loved the friendliness of the locals who didn't harassed the tourists to purchase souvenirs. They respected my decisions and walked away when I showed no interest to buying their products.
Hanoi is still a developing city but it also shows some laid-back lifestyle among the locals there. There aren't many foreign businesses like, fast food industries, shopping malls and hotels in Hanoi yet. Most of the businesses are run and occupied by the locals in terms of food, hotels, tour industry and craftsmanship. If you haven't experienced the laid-back lifestyle in a small town like, Hanoi then, you should try it. You will really appreciate the relaxing and easy lifestyle compared to the stressing and hectic lifestyle in the city.
Majority of Vietnamese don't speak English fluently thus, you might face some difficulty to converse while traveling alone around and outside of Hanoi city. Bargaining isn't a problem for them as they are able to negotiate with you in writing. However, public transportation isn't reliable outside of Hanoi city so, it's advisable to join the local tours over there.
The government also advises the tourists to book taxis and transportation from the hotels, airport staff and local tour agencies in order to prevent yourself from being swindled by illegal operations and taxi drivers at the airport as well as within and outside of Hanoi city.
|Hanoi International Airport in Vietnam|
|Tourists are reminded to book taxis from hotels, tour agencies and airport staff to prevent from being swindled by illegal taxi drivers in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Hanoi Old Quarter is surrounded by craft work businesses, food, hotels and shopping area along the 36 Old Streets in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Tons of motorcycles in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Quan Chuong City Gate is preserved with its original walls and gates since 1749 to prohibit the soldiers from troubling the passing-by people and the beginning of the resistance against the French in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Trung Nguyen Coffee or also known as the most popular No. 1 Vietnam Coffee|
|The main mode of two wheels transportation (motorcycle) to transport things and humans in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|The laid-back lifestyle of the locals in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|The uniqueness of sitting on little stools with small tables along the pathway on the streets of Hanoi in Vietnam|
|All kinds of shop businesses, including IKEA, can be seen in the downtown of Hanoi, Vietnam|
|(Clockwise from top left) Vietnam National Tuong Theatre, Hang Da Galleria, Trang Tien Plaza & Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|The slow and laid-back lifestyle in Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Top selling souvenirs of pop out 3D greeting cards and paintings by using threads in Hanoi, Vietnam|