My last destination in Vietnam was Hanoi. I had purchased a flight to India while I was in Hue, and had a week to relax. Like most travelers, I stayed in the ancient Old Quarter. If anyone visits, I highly recommend Cocoon Inn. It's a brand new accommodation that provides luxurious custom mattresses, massive electronic key card lockers, and an en-suite bathroom with toiletries. Staying in the dorms, your bed has heavy duty black out curtains, a pull down desk, shelving, light, fan, usb and regular power socket, as well as the most comfortable sleep of your life! The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and the location can't be matched anywhere else.
Originally, Old Quarter streets were named for the products that were sold. Certain streets still sell those items, but as time has passed, many have changed. It's quite convenient to find small shopping strips catering to what you need. If you need chopsticks, there is a street for that.
Clothes? Your own personal shopping heaven.
Bras? They have you covered. No pun intended.
Food! These were my favorite streets. . .
Whereas we have grocery stores, they have the street markets. And during the normal evening rush hour after work, the vendor road is so packed with people and bikes you can't move. Literally. This was the aftermath once I pushed my way through! (I wasn't the only one who documented their feat)
Hanoi was full of surprises around every corner. As motorbikes dominate the roads, the creativity and immensity of effort to carry things always amused me. You'll find those in the mixture below :)