Overlooking Hoan Kiem's Motorized Chaos From Above in Hanoi, Vietnam
Most trekkers to Vietnam have their own stories of how they dodged motorcycles on the streets of Hanoi. It's exhilarating, overwhelming, and frustrating trying to weave through car, motorcycle, and foot traffic, so you are relieved once you emerge from the narrow alleys of the Old Quarter and reach the breathing space of Hoan Kiem Lake and its surrounding streets. Try climbing a tall building in the district—some restaurants near the lake have outdoor patios with astounding panoramas of colorful rooftops and the frenzy of traffic below. Go ahead: breathe and relax for as long as you can—you'll need it for when you hit the pavement again.