Hanoi (Day 1 ½: Hanoi at Night, Old Quarter, El Gaucho Steakhouse)

After our afternoon tour around the city, we went back to Essence Palace Hotel to avail our free massage at Essence Spa. The spa is situated in Essence d’Orient Hotel & Spa which is just a walking distance away from our hotel. As the name implies, both hotels are from the same group of companies.

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From our wonderful spa experience, we took a rickshaw to take us around the Old Quarter to get to our dinner place.

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Quite frankly, our afternoon experience was just okay. But once we headed out at night, we started to feel more into the trip.

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I did not expect this part of Hanoi to be even more beautiful at night.

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We even passed by Sofitel Legend Metropole which even looked more grand in the evening.

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For dinner, we made a reservation at El Gaucho which is a popular Argentinian steakhouse in Hanoi.

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From our beef soup to wagyu tartar to our USDA ribeye main dish, we were carnivores that night!  A-woooo!

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We went back to Hoan Kiem Lake after dinner.

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This part of town is much calmer at night if you know how to get used to the wild motorcycles around the city. Most of the attractions like the Huc Bridge and Turtle Tower were lit up.

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Before midnight, we headed back to our hotel to get our first decent rest in the last 3 days. Tomorrow is another big day for us!

Hanoi (Day 2: Halong Bay, Bia Hoi Corner)

– The Tourist Pao

 

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