After a month in China, in HUGE dynamic cities with the population of the whole of Australia in a single city,  many days spent on high speed trains and travelling thousands of kilometers it was nice to get to Hanoi and enter the “veg out” part of our trip. From now on we should proceed at a calmer pace.. 🙂

We only booked for 4 nights in Hanoi and looked forward to seeing Halong Bay and take a cruise around the beautiful islands.

The hostel we stayed in was great and we rated it 10 out of 10. Clean, well priced, tea & coffee and fruit all day, fantastic breakfast and Kim the hostess went above and beyond to ensure our stay was great.

Little Hanoi Hostel 1

Little Hanoi Hostel 1

Kim the best hostess

Kim the best hostess

You will see the other ratings below. Be sure to check out all our posts.


1. Arrive Hanoi …. Click here

2. Cruise on Halong Bay …. Click here

3. The Old Quarter …. Click here


Wombats comments on Hanoi:
1 = bad 10 =good

Based on a stay in The Old Quarter:

  • Atmosphere: 9 out of 10

  • Accommodation where we stayed: 10 out of 10

  • Ease of using local transport 2 out of 10

  • General area cleanliness: 5 out of 10

  • Locals friendliness: 9 out of 10

  • Ability to be understood by locals: 5 out of 10 (Difficult)

  • Foods varieties: 2 out of 10

  • Restaurants and eateries: 2 out of 10


Comments: Found the streets to be dangerous due to the thousands of motorbikes and that the footpaths were not walkable due to bikes being parked on them and people eating on them. Extremely noisy with bike and car horns all the time.
The area is “Full on” and crowded but is also vibrant and alive. The foods in this area we found to be very disappointing and cooked in extremely unhygienic conditions. Willie got a real bad dose of  the S***s from eating cold Vietnamese spring rolls from a lady carrying them around the bar area on a tray…. should have known better!!!!!  Overall: Would like to look around more if we returned.







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Hanoi: 21.033333, 105.850000