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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Obviously you never got off the tourist trail in Hanoi? Personally, I love Hanoi and would rather live there than practically any other place in SE Asia. Have a look at the expat site here:

http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/en

I wont go through the link. I am trying to say no to the call of Vietnam. I have a friend who is now based in Saigon and an offer to something in Hanoi. I am now vegetarian, so the great food argument is not going to work. Yes, I wanted to know something about the expat scene... I was only in the old quarters and its the ussual.

As for Saigon, I love the small streets with the GIANT trees and that brick red church with the Virgin. But North East China is better place to live and travel, so I am struggling to say NO.

12. Posted by rubic (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

For my 10 days visit to Vietnam, I focused in the north with 3 main destinations: Hanoi, Halong and Sapa and I loved them.

I stayed 2 nights on board and that was great because I could feel the sound of sea and silence at night. I loved staying in local home in Sapa, to wake up early in the morning and take a deep breath of fresh air. In Hanoi, there were narrow and crowded streets, but very interesting at night. I had a walk around Hanoi old quater, seeing hawkers selling all kinds of foods for customers, of which was a feature of Hanoi, trying a glass of beer on the pavement or walking around Hoan Kiem Lake to feel the life style of Hanoian.

That was a short trip and I knew that I missed so many thing to do and see and I am planing a new trip to Vietnam next year, longer and deeper trip along this country.

13. Posted by kako (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

For my opinion Hanoi is a good place.

14. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting rubic

That was a short trip and I knew that I missed so many thing to do and see and I am planing a new trip to Vietnam next year, longer and deeper trip along this country.

I explored Hanoi, mostly on foot and I probably walked for Hectares of urban space. I went from the main Lake(with the KFC) and to those smaller lake beyond the Old quarters, I think it was a long walk... I hated the motor bike taxi drivers so I opted to walk till my feet bleed than patronize those US dollar scavengers on wheels.

I thought the old quarters and the area beyond are the same banana. It wasn't really old quarters but poor quarters. It has its charms, I loved in it in some hours, but most of the time, I just thought it is just another third world city in Asia, oh no, it has millions of travel agencies, that is the difference. I love the tree lined streets though and the square where the locals bring their children to do biking and rollerblading at night time.

I feel like I want to give it another try. I failed to see the so called beautiful Saigon. I was with a friend in that city and that gave me some great memories. I almost lived there, since I got a job offer in my 7 day visit, before I headed south. My life would have been totally different if I stayed... I'm glad I didnt though.

15. Posted by elliots (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

I loved Siagon and could live there. The people especially were really nice.
Unfortunately I found the people in Hanoi much harder to deal with and disliked the place accordingly

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17. Posted by rubic (Inactive 6 posts) 6y

Vietnam is still a developing country, people living is still poor and I completely understood that. The streets were crowded and traffic jams were terrible. But I love people there. They were kind and friendly, willing to answer every question. Vietnam has many beauty spots which attracted me a lot. next time I will focus on the countryside and natural sites.

18. Posted by good_life (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y

If you are a beachy guy, Nha trang or Phu Quoc is the best choice.

If you love highland climate and people, Da Lat is so beautiful to live in.

19. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

Quoting good_life

If you are a beachy guy, Nha trang or Phu Quoc is the best choice.

If you love highland climate and people, Da Lat is so beautiful to live in.

no I am not beachy, but I can be bitchy and that made Hanoi fun.

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