We did all our trip planning ourselves, with the help of the
DK Eyewitness Vietnam and Angkor Wat travel guide.
These days with everything on the internet, it's quite easy. We researched different hotels and chose
Church Boutique Hotel at 9 Nha Tho (there are six of them in Hanoi) based on good reviews. The hotel was nice, close to the historical center, and offered a good selection for breakfast. Both of us really liked Vietnam, with Hanoi being my favorite at least in terms of food. As I found out, the country is still quite divided even into the modern day, with many southerners only rarely if ever traveling to the north. Perhaps for this reason, there is quite a bit of difference in the cooking style. The Vietnamese food found in the United States is more typical of the southern part of the country, which makes sense given the history. I found the northern food to be more savory and more based on seafood and vegetables, which I like. Strangely, the southern food tasted more Chinese to me, which doesn't make much sense, since it is the north that actually shares a border with China.