It was our first day in Hanoi and we slept through most of it - thanks jet lag! We woke up in the evening, incredibly hungry. However, leaving the hotel was a little daunting and crossing the roads was going to be a bit of a challenge. Eventually, we had to do it… We had to venture out, find some food and see the local area.
The easy option for food was probably going to be fast food. So, going off of the photos on the menu, we tried our best to communicate what we wanted. What we got, was actually the nicest rice I have ever eaten, amongst some vegetables and other bits.
After that, we could take on anything. We only did a few laps of the nearby streets and what we saw was amazing - the street food, the conical hats and the many, many motorbikes. Just like that, I was in my element. I was in love and we had only touched the surface.
The next day, we moved to a cheaper hostel - £4 a night! One of the receptionists advised us on what to check out around the city. First up, was a nearby lake - what I liked to call Temple Lake, but it’s actually called Hoan Kiem Lake. It has two temples sitting on two small islands. One of the temples is accessible via a bridge and it doesn’t cost much at all to go in. Locals come to pray despite all of the tourists that visit, and some even bring offerings. The whole area is amazing - all of the greenery, the fish in the lake and no access for cars on the surrounding roads. I would almost call it tranquil.
Later that day, we also went to the Vietnam History Museum. I liked it, but it would've been more interesting with a guide and more information (just like most museums). What was really cool to see was the similarities that Vietnam has to the Western World. For example, th