If you haven’t been to, or considered Vietnam as your next travel destination, I would sincerely encourage you to do so. Many locals will know how to speak English, and the low cost of living makes for an economic travel expense as well. There is a wealth of local food offering, but also high-end, French-inspired cuisine that you can enjoy while in its major cities.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, both officially and as the food capital of the country, with unique dishes you can only find in Northern Vietnam. Here I list out the top 5 must-eat foods in Hanoi that are the most unique and authentic.
If you’re visiting Hanoi, one of the most recommended side trips to take is an overnight or two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay. I’ll provide a quick rundown of what to expect on two leading cruise providers, highlight similarities / differences, and my opinion on which I liked better, and why.