arrived at 4am from Hue on the overnight train. We had a four berth A/C class which is the best class you can book on this train. Although the train was comfortable, sleep was interrupted as another passenger embarked at around 1 am. Although he immediately fell asleep and started snoring, we were awake. I was surprised the train arrived in Hanoi on time at 4am so we had to wait until 7am at the train station until be could venture to find a hotel. We were lucky and found a room in the first hotel we looked at and they let us check in at 7am.
We ended up spending 7 nights in Hanoi as we vetoed a trip to Sapa as the weather was becoming cold and rainy. We did not want to endure the same weather that we will experience on our return to Victoria.
Hanoi has many museums, and sites to visit. One of the most interesting was the Museum of Ethnology which profiles the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. It has a living museum with traditional houses and depictions of living situations. We took a local bus as the museum is 7 kilometers from the centre of Hanoi. The bus ride to the museum was also interesting as we were able to see areas outside the old quarter and typical tourist streets.
We also visited the historical area with the presidential buildings and the Ho
Chi Minh museum and surrounding area. The area is reminiscent of France with its large boulevards and French architecture.