Originally Posted by Surrealplaces
That's what I'm thinking
HCMC looks interesting too, but definitely something really intriguing about Hanoi. I'll be visiting Australia in the spring and was thinking of a side tour to Vietnam, are there reasonably cheap flights from Aussie to Vietnam?
I believe so but don't quote me on that. Malaysia Airlines does regular flights from Oz to VN if you feel like rolling the dice.
Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay (both in the north) are certainly worth visiting. Ho Chi Minh City much less so. It's lost a lot of its character in recent years. HN is the cultural capital of the country while HCMC is the economic capital. That's about all I can say about it unfortunately.