Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city with over a thousand years of rich history from Chinese occupation to the capital of French Indochina. Hanoi is now full of historical and cultural attractions which make it a fascinating place for holidaymakers to visit.
There are so many attractions and things to do in Hanoi. The city has lots of museums and also temples, including the Hani Temple which worships the Vietnamese Goddess of beauty & love, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university founded in 1070.
The Old Quarter is a really fascinating part of Hanoi to visit, consisting of approximately 36 streets which made up the city in the early 20th century. Each street had merchants specialising in a particular trade, such as silk traders or jewellery. Today the area is famous for its small artisans and many fine silk shops.
As well as the cultural and scenic activities, Hanoi is a great place to visit for the nightlife.
Hanoi is known worldwide for its amazing food and there are many excellent restaurants and bars in the city. If you want fine dining it could be good to book a table in advance but otherwise just stroll down the streets and stop at one of the cozy places you pass by.
If your tastes run to fine music, then a visit to the Hanoi Opera House should be scheduled into your stay. The opera house that was built between 1901 and 1911 is located in central Hanoi.
Halong Bay is also definitely worth a visit. The name Halong Bay literally translates to ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’; The area is dotted with an immense number of limestone islets and is incredibly beautiful. You can take boat trips around the bay and go on excursions to explore the many caves. Halong Bay also boast some fantastic beaches and is said to be one of the best places in Vietnam for swimming.
Hanoi is a great place to visit all year round, but if you don’t like the heat then try and avoid the summer months of June to August as it tends to get extremely hot.
Other good times to visit include September for the Mid-Autumn Festival, an important children’s festival (also known as the Moon Festival), and the Vietnam International Film Festival in October each year.
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