Hanoi rocks…and bangs…and clashes

After escaping the rogue street vendors and their illegal stall outside our window, we enjoyed a night of blissful peace in the suite at the back of the hotel we were kindly offered instead.

But it was only to be one night. With Tet New Year (Year of the Cat) coming up on 25 January, the race is on to finish building as many hotel rooms as possible in Hanoi to accommodate the wave of revellers expected. This now involves construction work going on throughout the night, and one entrepreneur cutting metal sheets until 4am.

We’re now in the basic room at the side of the hotel. With its lack of balcony, tiny frosted double-glazed window and alley view, it’s rapidly become one of the most desirable addresses in the city!