Now we were finally in the Northern city so we got to draw our own conclusions. The first was that it felt, well more...communist. The people were friendly but maybe not as warm, and there was more of a 'law and order' feel. The people of South Vietnam have a nickname for those in the North, translated from the Vietnamese it means "hard faces". I can see what they mean. There is a reserved element to your interactions and a bit more disdain for foreigners. Whereas in Saigon we felt embraced in Hanoi we felt appeased.
The city is rich with history and the French colonial time has had a big impact on many parts of the city. One of the few places in the world where they ask you if you want some baguette with your noodles!
Here are some of the sights and sounds from Hanoi!