I arrived in the rain. It was hectic and chaotic in the streets, people everywhere, tiny chairs, a cloudy day, humid air. Chaotic traffic, people yelling, honking cars. It reminded me of the time I lived in Shanghai. Different, but similar.
After spending months on tropical islands close to the coast, I felt incredibly overwhelmed in the chaotic streets of Hanoi. I rented a room in the centre of the French Quarter and gave myself some time to adjust to the Vietnamese way of life.
Parks and books
I read my book in the park and practised English with Vietnamese kids. I wrote in my journal in cosy jazz cafes and went for walks around the city. My family visited me in Vietnam and we travelled around the country for 3 weeks.
Vietnam is a beautiful country with stunning nature, but after travelling for 8 months, I was tired of moving places and changing cultures. I longed for a sense of ‘home’ and stability so I decided to go back to the ocean and followed my journey to New Zealand.
5 coffee places in Hanoi to read and write
Some of the cafes I liked to find some peace and quiet in the hectic city:
- This cute cafe is full of little notes from travellers all around the world with heartwarming personal messages: The note coffee
- Jazz, books and cosy vibes at: Tranquil
- Art and food at cafe Manzi Hanoi
- Basically anywhere: try the egg coffee in the small street cafes
- Hanoi coffee station for cocktails, fresh juices and coffee with a view