Hi. I know my question is a bit late considering the date of this topic, but I was hoping some of you would indulge me with some practical advice.
We are planning to fly to Hanoi in December. We are contemplating the first or second week. Does it get very cold during this time? We come a very warm place so 10C below can be chilly for us. We are avoiding floods and extreme heat, though.
We would like to see the Perfume Pagoda, Water Puppets, the temples in Hanoi and eat eat eat! We love taking photos and eating our way around the region. We will arrive at 10 am, so I guess that gives us half a day on the first day, and then 2-3 whole days more before leaving via a very early connecting flight. Would this be enough to at least get a good traveller's feel of Hanoi? We do not want to just be tourists.
Is an overnight in Halong Bay an absolute must? We just came from El Nido, Palawan (which seems very similar).
Last but not least, are there any reliable airport transfers we can pre-book? Does the Hanoi airport have a nice lounge where we can relax in between flights?