Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city after Ho Chi Minh. There are plenty of cultural places to visit around the old town: the imperial citadel, the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh or the temple of literature. However, this is not what makes Hanoi so special.
While I did not like much Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi is the real deal. The intense streetlife going on everywhere is the same as the one of Ho Chi Minh. I can’t explain why but the atmosphere is somehow different. The food specialities are crazy good and there are tones of street food restaurants where you can try these delicious cheap eats: Bun Bo Nam Bo and Bun Cha Ta!
Hanoi was my last destination in Vietnam before flying over Thailand. I loved the food and I loved the people. Plus, there is a lot of landscape variety across the whole country!