Situated on the bank of Red River, Hanoi is considered a pearl of Southeast Asia. With historic temples and pagodas, well-preserved colonial structures and exquisite cuisine, Hanoi offers its guests a unique and charming experience to be found nowhere else. Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, has just celebrated its 1000 years! At the heart of the Red River Delta, Hanoi is one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. The surrounding region is made up of plains which extend out of sight of paddy fields
Hanoi used to be called Thang Long or the “Soaring Dragon”. This 1000-year-old capital of Vietnam has a gentle grace with shadowed boulevards, crowded themed streets and a variety of beautiful lakes, temples, pagodas and museums. Hanoi is best known for the emerald Hoan Kiem Lake and the vibrant Old Quarter with a myriad of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. There are also a number of not-to-miss sites stamped with its traditional culture or French colonial influence: the National History Museum, Hanoi Opera House, French Quarter, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature, to name just a few.
Hanoi also makes a perfect base for travelers to explore the whole north of Vietnam: from the magnificent Halong Bay in Quang Ninh, the fairytale Tam Coc-Bich Dong grottos in Ninh Binh to the mind-blowing terraced rice fields and colorful ethnic culture in Sapa, Mai Chau or Ha Giang, all will capture your heart