Hanoi can be a bit undermining to jogging and biking habits – the crowded streets and air pollution do not inspire one to outdoor exercise. However, the new road around the circumference of West Lake provides a great walking, jogging or biking route, and there are a number of gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools to help you keep in shape regardless of air quality or weather.

Hair salons and beauticians abound in Hanoi, and you can get exquisite service at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at home.