About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
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If you want an authentic, socially responsible but quirky look at rural life in Vietnam, then consider a Hanoi Eco Tour. Learn about basic planting and farming techniques, try your hand at traditional cooking methods or take a peaceful bike ride into the surrounding countryside.
Several companies run motorbike tours into the surrounding countryside and if motorcycling is your thing, it’s an amazing way to see some of Northern Vietnam. Cuong’s Motorbike Adventure run multi-day all inclusive tours with English speaking guides, including a spectacular ten-day Grand Loop Northern Vietnam tour.
Meals on Wheels, Hanoi style, is certainly nothing like most westerners might imagine. Scooter drivers collect tourists direct from their hotels for an evening of food, drinks and fun. You’ll ride pillion, visit around half a dozen different eating venues, and get a tasty and varied overview of the food the locals eat.
Locals and tourists alike will tell you the one thing you must do in this region is to take a boat tour of Halong Bay. You can get tours that include stops to take in the local sights and the chance to get out on the water in a kayak to explore the beaches, caves and islands. Overnight Halong Bay tours are also available.
This guided full-day cycling tour takes you around the bustling backstreets of Hanoi and out to the nearby countryside for a taste of two very different sides of Vietnamese life. Vietnam Velo offer a choice of mountain bikes, road bikes, BMXs and hybrids.
The Mai Chau Ecological Lodge offers a beautiful back-to-nature experience just 135 kilometres outside of Hanoi. If you need a few days' break from the city surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, this is the place to head.
If you want to get outdoors and have a break from city life without leaving Hanoi, try a leisurely stroll around West Lake, and take some time to simply sit and enjoy the views while watching the world go by.
A great one for the foodies, Hanoi is blessed with some fantastic food, but the choices on offer can seem overwhelming. The Hanoi Street Food tour takes you out onto the streets and leads you directly to the best food in the city.
HanoiKids is an organisation that puts tourists together with young English-speaking students who will give you a guided tour of the city for free. It’s really more of a cultural exchange, as the students are keen to practice their language skills and learn about other cultures. You’ll only pay for any paid activities that are part of the tour, and you can chat with your guides about what you want to see or do, though they may well have their own ideas about what they’d like to show you!