Vietnam Travel Video: Hanoi, Halong Bay and the Perfume Pagoda

Our Vietnam Travel Video shows off our favorite parts of our two stays in Hanoi. Starting in the Old Quarter, we made our way to places like Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Vietnam Military History Museum. Also, we sampled Anthony Bourdain’s Food Recs, and day tripped out to Halong Bay and the Perfume Pagoda.

Fun fact!  I was so delayed on making this video, that we were able to visit Hanoi for a second trip and mash the two trips into one video.

Breaking down our Vietnam Travel Video

In case something from the video caught your eye, and you’re looking for more information.  I wrote up a simple breakdown of our Vietnam Travel Video.  Below are the timestamped sections from the two-minute travel video.  If that doesn’t jump start your google searches, please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Old Quarter, Hanoi (0:00-0:19)

The first part of the video is all about Hanoi’s Old Quarter. From the delicious food to jam-packed streets Old Quarter is the chaotic heart to the cities tourism.  This area isn’t for timid travelers. While you’re there you’re pretty much playing the real-life version of Frogger with all your senses under attack by vehicle exhaust, and tourist gouging vendors.

Halong Bay (0:20-0:35)

Halong Bay is a few hours east of Hanoi.  For this reason, we had to hire a tour company to take us.  Guided tours aren’t something we enjoy doing, but our time constraints didn’t even us any better options to explore the bay.  The cruise brought us to a few different locations inside the bay.  In addition to the views, we got to Kayak into a beautiful lagoon and walk through a very colorful cave system.

Hanoi’s Famous Landmarks (0:36-1:15)

Heading back to Hanoi, we jumped on the opportunity to use Uber to visit the cities famous landmarks.   As a result, we were able to see the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Vietnam Military History Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison at our own pace.  Equally important, we also got to try two of Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant recommendations; Bun Cha Huong Lien and Bun Suon-Thit-Mong Gio-Luoi both were excellent.

Perfume Pagoda (1:16-1:55)

Finally, The video ends with our second day trip out of Hanoi to see the perfume pagoda.  The tour had us traveling up the Yen River to a sacred mountainside filled with countless temples and sites.  At the top of the mountain, we got to check out the Huong Tich cave. We really enjoyed this entire excursion.

Filming Vietnam

We didn’t have any problems filming in Vietnam.  Regardless of where we went, inside or outdoors security never once asked us to put away our cameras.  It was great. 

Trang and I shot this video with our trusty Nikon D810 and D750 full frames and a bunch of different gear.  An Old school Merlin 2 stabilizer, our current three-axis gimbal, GoPro, and a Mavic Pro all made significant contributions to how we captured our time in Northern Vietnam.

If I had one regret, it would be that I didn’t shoot any time-lapse photography on this trip.  While our time in each place was limited, I still should have tried to capture something!

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Our experience in Vietnam

Our time in Vietnam was a mixed bag.  We enjoyed the country at times, but we ran into a lot of problems that were hard to squint past.  While I don’t think we’ll be heading back to Hanoi again, we are open to seeing more of the country once the kiddos are older.

I’ll have to write up my thoughts in Hanoi in another post someday.

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