Hanoi – the adorable heart of Vietnam – is the capital city of more than 1,000 year history. This is a must-see destination on your trip to Vietnam and to Indochina. Our capital city was formerly called “Thang Long” which means the “Ascending Dragon”. The city is located in the tropical zone climate so that travelers can experience two main different seasons in a year.
Hanoi – Temple of Literature
After very long time of continuous construction, destruction, preservation and development, the city still possesses many ancient colonial architectural works comprising the Old Quarter and more than 600 pagodas and temples. With 36 old streets shaped in a tangled web, the Old Quarter is an extremely exciting place to visit. Wandering around, travelers will be able to see a mass of motorbikes swarms, to drink unique Hanoi beer on the sidewalks, to taste delicious Hanoi street food and to immense themselves in the fast commercial growth of a developing city.
Other well-known attractions are One Pillar Pagoda (built in 1049), the Temple of Literature (constructed in 1070 – the first University of Vietnam and the symbol of Hanoi), Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum…. Many travelers have been deeply impressed by the image of Hanoi as an ancient city.
Hanoi – One Pillar Pagoda
Our beloved capital is also a modern city with a fast-growing pace. Vincom Mega Mall Royal City – the largest underground commercial center in Asia and Keangnam Landmark Tower – a supertall skyscraper residences and office towers are stunning places to visit.
This charming city is also the city of lakes. There are tens of lakes in both the city centre and the outskirts namely Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake), West Lake, Bay Mau Lake and Truc Bach Lake, etc. These lakes with their surrounding gardens and various pieces of flora are playing the role of the city’s lung. While enjoying the charming natural scenes, travelers can either listen to the folk stories about the history of the lakes or take part in puppet shows and traditional classical music performances.
Hanoi – Sword Lake
Furthermore, the city has numerous long-lasting professional handicraft villages like Bat Trang pottery village, Ngu Xa bronze casting village, Van Phuc silk village, etc. These places attract thousands of travelers each year. Visitors are excited at the fine arts inside each product and they feel really interested in the ways these handicrafts are made. Visitors are free to take photos and even craft products with local villagers if they desire to do.
The traffic in Hanoi is not very straightforward to follow but quite convenient. You can easily take buses, taxis or motorbikes everywhere. Let’s come to meet friendly residents of the City for Peace and discover this adorable destination.