Hanoi and Surroundings
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 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 HalongBay 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.