It’s much cooler in Hanoi compared with Laos and Thailand and the sky has been overcast all day. We decided to just head out for a wander around the local area. We had a couple of tasks for the day, buying a mobile phone to aid us in contacting my aunty who we would meet later in Vietnam, and booking a trip to Halong bay.
We headed to Chợ Đồng Xuân Market, a well known market just down the road, to try and buy a cheap phone. I took some explaining that we wanted a cheap and basic phone just to make calls and not a smartphone. It cost around £5-7 which was reasonable.
After securing the phone we just walked around the streets in Hanoi which is great fun as long as you avoid the motorbikes. Every corner, there’s people selling fruit, meals, and clothes. The city is formed of old buildings, and lots of interesting places.
We meandered back to Hoan Kiem Lake and went up to one of the many cafes / restaurants overlooking the north of the lake and the crazy roundabout
After a drink we found a little place to have some Pho for lunch and then booked a day trip to Halong Bay for the next day.
We thought about heading to see the very touristy water puppet show in the evening but I was feeling the effects of the change in temperature from Laos to Vietnam with a little cold.
Instead we wrapped up with what warm clothing we had left and headed out for some noodles and beer. Yum!