Before I arrive in Vietnam I had no opinion about what I was going to face cause due, most of people thinks country is still recovering from war times and it's not safe.
I will start with a certain thing for people who have never been and wondering how is the life over there:
Hanoi is a very safe and peaceful city.
There are lot of Expats especially from US, UK, Europe living there.
- Kind & Friendly People:
Vietnamese people are very kind and friendly.
- Western Restaurants:
There are a lot of Western Restaurants which you can not find with same quality everywhere in Asia. You will never have problems of eating there.
- Air Pollution:
Hanoi is almost in ranking of Air Pollution, every day.
I was thinking I know what does it mean "Chaos" in traffic until I saw Hanoi :) This thing is something you should experience by yourself. But just as a recommendation, what I can tell is: when you are crossing, just walk straight without not moving instant move to any direction and you will be fine :)
- Traffic Rules (?):
Locals are caring of Traffic Rules only if there are any controls or being under penalty risk. Rest of times, chaos rules the traffic.
- Do not think even to rent a car!