Updated: Aug 12, 2021
Pack minimal! You’ll most likely end up wearing the same thing (unless you’re a fashion blogger). I literally barely brought any clothes and I still didn’t wear half.
Bring a shirt, long pants, and runners and flip flops. Certain places you may need to be fully covered, you also don’t want to attract any attention with bare skin.
I wore a tank top, then put my purse under a t-shirt so you couldn’t even see my purse straps. But honestly it has been very safe.
Crossing the road… just walk and put your hand up. The first time might be scary because it seems like everyone will drive into you, but they all are used to cars, pedestrians, and motorbikes so it works.
Bring a little pharmacy kit! Maybe oil of oregano, or whatever you think would be helpful if you got sick. Taisha and I currently feel horrible as I am writing this. We actually had to cancel our day/ over night to a village 5 hours away from Hanoi because we feel so bad.
Grapefruit Skin Oil
Bring a mouth cover! The air is quite bad if you’re coming from somewhere like Canada where it is so clean. I usually am never sick but I was sick in Taiwan and now Vietnam again. Its really bad in my throat/chest so I think a cover for the mouth would be very helpful.
Lastly, make sure to leave some room in your bag/ suitcase because the shopping is fabulous here!!
If you’re like me and have quite a few dietary restrictions, pack protein bars!!! They’re a life saver just incase :)
Golden Art Hotel: We’ve basically stayed here the entire time. Excellent staff and service. Very kind and very helpful, we have booked HaLong Bay Cruise and exchanged american to Vietnamese money through the hotel. They also booked a bus / tour to SAPA but we had to cancel because Taish and I felt horrible.
They also provide breakfast and you have to try the banana pancakes!!
Vietnam backpackers hostel (party)
Friends inn (small, nice private rooms, cheap)
Would suggest to stay in the Old Town - it is easy to walk around, every direction is something different. / lots of great shopping and the lake is close - where the double decker is
Day trip to Ko Roc
Walk around old town: Great shopping and a cute little street thats packed/ I believe they call it the beer street because it is the party area
1900 is a club on it which was super fun. It was a rave.
Coconut popsicles in square by pond - Amazing coffee
Double Decker tour bus: Great to just sit on it the whole time and go around.
Tip: They often add sugar and milk to smoothies, so we learnt to ask for no sugar and no dairy because 1. they both weaken your immune system, which you need it to be strong when you’re travelling and 2. Fresh juice is already so sweet!
New way (awesome traditional Vietnamese)
Trill (western/traditional mix, so vibey)
Hanoi social club (healthy)
Xofa (western/trad mix, really cool, open all hours of day, amazing coconut milk coffee)
Cafe giang (famous egg coffee! A must - don’t be scared by sketchy alley to get there)
Fruity fact (amazing juices)
HA LONG BAY
It was beautiful, the nature and the boat.
Book through hotel/hostel