Click photo to view photo album It's nice to have 3 lakes in the city, you will find it relaxing to walk along the lake side. However, when you look at the traffic, you may feel very stressful. You may find it hard to cross the road with so many motorbikes coming from different directions. I find the horn-pressing practice very annoying because every driver presses the horn when they want to get pass a car that is in front of it, so you end up being bombarded by the horn sound every few seconds. I like the Ethnology Museum and would suggest to spend a few hours there.
Hanoi is the 2nd largest city in Vietnam, we used Hanoi as our hub for our visit and make short trips to Ha Long Bay, Sapa and Hue etc. We had some good food at a few places such as the Sofitel Metropole Hotel (where we stayed for the 1st 2 days), "Little Hanoi" and "Empreror". We wanted to try "Koto" (Know one teach one), but it was closed on Christmas day (the day we went there). Historically, Hanoi is an important city especially in Vietnam's modern history, home to "Uncle Ho", Ho Chi Minh's president palace.
Places of interest: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Vietnam Ethnology Museum, Van Mieu (Temple of literature, the first University in Vietnam), Perfume Pagoda etc. While you are in Hanoi, you should watch the "Water Puppert" show. It is very entertaining and an unique traditional art of Vietnam.