First stop in Vietnam was in the capital Hanoi. After visiting so many places over the last 13 months it's easy to forget what makes each place different from the next but in Hanoi we were pleasantly surprised. Much less manic than the Indian cities we'd just left, with nice quiet roads, cafes, bars and restaurants. We stayed in the old town which had a really chilled feel about it and the weather made for a nice few days just mooching around the city.
The city has a few things to see, we went to an old prison from the French colonial times, a big lake marks the centre of the city and was great for a stroll in the sun and we popped in and out of the hundreds of places for food and drink.
Making the most of cheap Asian prices again, Gemma managed to get a fully made up set of prescription glasses and I got my I phone screen changed all for about £35! I think the prices in England when we get back home are going to be a shock to the system...!
We had to stay in town for a few days so we could submit our Chinese visa application, a long winded process of form filling before leaving our passports and hoping for the best!
As with Thailand the food is good in Vietnam if you go to the right places. Something you normally miss from home is decent bread and as Vietnam is on old French colony the baguettes are great! Baguettes, noodles and getting into my iced coffees saw off the final day before a night bus to Sapa....