I used Hanoi as a base for day trips and multi-day trips whilst I was in the North. These included to Tam Coc- Ha Long Bay on Land, Cat Ba Island where I visited Ha Long Bay, a day trip to a Rice Paddy Farm and to the mountains covered in Paddy Fields in Mai Chau.
Next, I flew down to Hue where I spent a couple of days walking around the Imperial City and relaxed with a Massage. I then took a bike tour over the Hai Van Pass as featured in Top Gear. My final stop was in the UNESCO World Heritage City Hoi An, which was by far my favourite city in Vietnam.