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60ish women going to Hanoi & Hoi An - ?s re hotels, Ha Long Bay, transport

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I am going to Vietnam in early January with a friend - we are 60 and love to see things but not necessarily in to lots of physical adventures - some knee problems and neither of us into squeezing into cramped van/bus spaces for long periods at a time. I was in Vietnam in 2002 and realize it has probably changed a lot since then - my son has lived there several times. We will be visiting him in Saigon but will be on our own in Hanoi and Hoi An
As of right now we have flights to Hanoi and then to Hoi An and then down to Saigon.

Questions -
1) Would like some recommendations for tour to HaLong Bay - when I was there in 2002 we had a lovely 1 day tour from Hanoi - left early and got back late - I found that to be OK - we are not into swimming or kayaking but I would like my friend to see the area. Would like to make sure the transport there is not a crowded min van - and that the boat is relatively easy to board. Any recommendations

2) I would like for her to see the main highlights of Hanoi - are there any sightseeing tours of the city that anyone can recomment Also anyone gone to water puppet shows?

3) Would appreciate hotel recommendations - hopefully less than $100/night within walking distance of old town and other tourist attractions.

4) we both enjoy handicrafts and would like to know where to best find them in Hanoi and also in Hoi An

5) would appreciate hotel recommendations in Hoi An - we stayed a couple blocks from the market area before. also any specific recommendations for shops, galleries etc there. I remember purchasing some very nice art in Hoi An but it has been so long not sure where we were

My son and his wife will be our tour guides in Saigon so not too concerned about that.

Thanks so much

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