As I reported last year, Hanoi is a great place to visit – once. Since we have done that, and it is a three-hour drive from the coast, there was no shot of me re-visiting Hanoi today.
However, the Hanoi stop where the cruise ships dock for the day is Ha Long Bay, in the far Northeast corner of Vietnam (immediately south of China).
As it turns out, Ha Long Bay (the bay, not the city) is absolutely gorgeous and worth a visit in itself. I think it is the prettiest place in Vietnam.