Map of Hanoi
A certain anonymous person has suggested that "There are lakes in Saigon!"
I said in my post: "It (HCMC) has few, if any lakes unlike Hanoi, but does have some nice, well maintained, although well-hidden parks." With a lot of searching I have found a map of District six (somewhere I have not been as of yet because I am still to rent a motorbike and am doing everything on foot or xe om (motorbike taxi)) showing lakes, but nothing like central Hanoi, which has West Lake, which is huge and the very central Hoan Kiem Lake which is the focal point of the city.
I offer the evidence above and leave it up to the reader to decide.
He also suggested: "They do enforce the closing time at bars that do not pay!The backpacker ghetto is open because they ALL PAY!"
My opinion: Who gives a toss? Whether the bar owners pay the police or not is not my problem. I am a user of bars not an owner. It is their country and it is up to them how they want to run the police force and bars.
He went on to say: "If you do not want to wait, come over to the Q.I am there every nite after 10.You do not need to ask for me, as I said NOBODY could miss your stupid face."
As this person has not told us his name it would be extremely difficult to ask for him... He has again used an abbreviation "Q.I" of which I am unfamiliar, so I don't think I will be going to look for the invisible man of Q.I.