During your trip to Vietnam, we recommend you visit Hanoi, the capital and second-largest city in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh. Located in the north of the country, Hanoi, a lively Asian city, is enriched with an exceptional historical heritage. A true cradle of Vietnamese civilization, Hanoi’s culture owes its richness to the influences of France, China, and Southeast Asia. This harmonious blend is reflected in the architecture, which will take you from Europe to Asia, while you remain in the same city with its unique character.
The name of Hanoi is translated to French as “The Town Beyond the River” due to its location. Indeed, Vietnam’s capital is located on the banks of the Red River Delta and is surrounded by many lakes. Lake Hoan Kiem, nicknamed the Sword Lake, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. A peaceful and romantic natural setting awaits you when you go there. You can also admire many temples and pagodas located by the waterfront. They are dedicated to the deities and Lord Buddha.
This waterfront city is divided into different districts where a multitude of narrow streets intermingle with little treasures. Visiting Hanoi is a real delight. Surprises are to be discovered on every street corner. Hanoi’s must-see district is undoubtedly its old quarter. It used to consist of 36 streets each bearing the name of a trade or guild. You will discover the traditional Vietnamese houses, which are narrow, very tall, and deep. The old quarter is the tourist hub of the Vietnamese capital, a place where you can enjoy warm encounters with the local population, street vendors, and tourists from all over the world.
Among the must-see attractions, is the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, which will charm you with its original architecture and calm environment. Traditional-style temples and gardens with majestic vegetation border this former university. There are also many museums where you can learn more about Vietnam’s history, such as the Women’s Museum and the Museum of Ethnology. You can also escape to the heart of the Dong Xuan Market, which is both the largest and oldest market in the capital of Vietnam, with its heady scents and rainbow colours.
Hanoi would not be so lively without its many scooters that wander all over the capital. It also represents the starting point for many of Vietnam’s must-see attractions. You can easily reach the Sapa Region and its majestic terraced rice fields or the Ha Long Bay with its turquoise waters.
This Asian capital city is highly appreciated by epicureans who find their happiness in combining tourist discoveries with enjoyment for life. Many restaurants, bars, and cafes are scattered throughout the streets of Hanoi. What better way to relax after a day full of surprises than savouring a cold beer called “bia hoi?” You can also opt for street food and share a warm moment with the Vietnamese people.