Guest Post City Guide: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam City Guide

After visiting Saigon, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc we’ve become huge fans of Vietnam. Today we’d like to bring you a guest post from Naughty Nomad (aka Mark Zolo) covering a city we haven’t made it to yet, Hanoi.


Hanoi is moto mayhem. The locals aren’t the most pro-western. Ha long bay near-by is mandatory.

Hanoi in a word: implacable.
C.O.H: 3 / 5
Q.O.G: 3 / 5
S.T.L: 2.5 / 5
Naughty Nomad’s City guide ratings explained

Costs €$£
Beer: Around €.60 a pint
Bed: €8 for a private room. Bud: €5 for a cigarette box.
Board: €1 for a basic meal.
Budget other: Beers get pricey in the high end nightclubs.

The Girls

Vietnamese girls have paler complexions and look slightly more Chinese than the other races in Indo-China. They are attractive, but Vietnamese girls do not exude the warmth of the typical Thai. They are ultra petite like the Filipinas, but they lack the sexy accents and a bigger language barrier exists. These girls know what they want and they are pretty good hustlers.

Tila Tequila ethnically Vietnamese

Tila Tequila ethnically Vietnamese

They don’t like Americans; they may act nice for the purposes of potential financial gain, but as far as they’re concerned you killed Gramma. There is a lot of pick pockets and freelancers at night. My experience here involved attempted murder one night and being robbed another. That said, there is always a diamond in the rough. There are gentle and genuine women if you know where to look. If you’re looking for more friendly Vietnamese girls, head south to Ho Chi Minh.

Nightlife Recommendations

Most of the nightlife is around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. Nomad’s advice:


Jazz Club Minh
Good for a warm up and some live music. You might find more sophisticated locals here.

New century New century is a big high-end nightclub with lots of girls. Note the ones that approach you are mostly working girls. You might have to shore but it’s difficult to build up emotional connection with these girls, they are pretty hardened. They’re are good girls here too.

Read the rest of the guide for the low down on getting high at and also check out Naughty Nomad’s “Hello Hanoi” travel story.

Sounds like Naughty Nomad’s experience was a lot different than ours. We are huge fans of Saigon and Nha Trang with virtually no complaints.

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