We moved to Hanoi some months back, and have grown to love it dearly. For a person with no agenda, I find the pace of Hanoi is perfect, and super to explore, even alone. Armed with a Lonely Planet guide and my iPhone, I love checking out the sights, be it Pagodas, museums or the busy shopping lanes. The best part of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake – all roads lead here, and you can take your pick of the pace – whiz past on a motobike, or sit by the lakeside with a book and a cup of coffee.
One of the popular tourist spots by the lake has to be Fanny Ice cream! I have had delicious ice creams before this, but never so beautifully presented (and tasty too)!