I am arriving in Hanoi early morning (8-9am), the day prior to commencing a 7 days tour which will include some of the more tourist orientated areas of Hanoi (Old Quarter) and then continues to Halong Bay.......I am looking for suggestions for what to do or see on the arrival days that wont be repeated in the tour. Thinking there might be a less visited area of Hanoi, Or some day trip that i could be picked for from the Airport on arrival (travel light so no large luggage to be a problem), and then dropped in the later part of day at my hotel.
Also that evening I would probably visit the Water Puppet Theatre. I notice my hotel offers to make bookings (at a cost i guess)...are booking essential ? Saturday evening in two weeks time. Is there only the one theatre in Hanoi, or the whole country, or will there be options elsewhere to experience this.