We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Gary, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Gary is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Hanoi. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Vietnamese, English, French
Reasons to go: Hanoi is a pleasant shock to most westerners. The hectic streets of the Old Quarter provide for almost endless wandering. If you stay here in the tourist area, you will find plenty of restaurants, shops, bars, and tour companies.
I can recommend Hanoi 3B Hotel at 99 Ma May Street. I stayed there in August and found the staff very friendly and helpful. It is a budget hotel, so my costs ranged from only $16 to $24 for the rooms I stayed in, which were very clean. Air conditioning, WiFi, and a good breakfast were all included.
A few doors up the street you will find New Day restaurant. It was always full of both locals and tourists every time I went. They have a large menu, and good food.
There are many things to do and see in the city and lots of day trips available as well.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)