I want to start by saying I received a lot of negative comments when I decided to go to Hanoi. There is still a tremendous amount of stigma associated with it because of the Vietnam war. My advice to anyone who travels or wants to travel is to not let negative comments mislead or steer you away from your desires. Unless the destination has proven to be unsafe, the world is your oyster.
Hanoi is a remarkably beautiful place with a lot to offer for every tourist. From the food, busyness, ambiance, and shopping, you will get a lot for your dollar. You will be greeted with kindness and if you order car service from your hotel (as I always advise if you’re traveling solo), you’ll be picked up in luxury at a shockingly low price.
I’m not sure why I didn’t look into whether I needed a Visa until the day before I was leaving, but it’s not outside of my character. I literally woke up at midnight and said, “Do I need a Visa?” Of course, I did! I stayed up most