Hanoi is the capital, also is the important center of politics, culture and tourism in Vietnam. It is located on both sides of the Red River in the northern plains. Hanoi has a long history, possesses a variety of cultural and architectural works, as well as is famous for many historical sites. This capital attracts travelers for its ancient appearance, the elegant and tender beauty of people who have settled along the Red River for thousand years, building up a thousand-year civilization.
Being a city of rich history, diverse traditions and rich cultural identity, Hanoi is one of the most attractive sites with both domestic and foreign visitors. Coming to Hanoi, you cannot forget to pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Because this undoubtedly is the city’s single most visited site, and one of Vietnam's most respected places.
You also cannot help being overwhelmed by the tranquility of Van Mieu and Quoc Tu Giam. This place is the first university of Vietnam and today has become a popular destination of tourism in Hanoi. Besides, take some time to explore the Old Quarter, Ngoc Son Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi Opera House and Museum of Ethnology, tourists will have a deeper look into Hanoi’s history and culture.
Spend your full-day with one of the unique features of tourism in Hanoi which is called cyclo and explore the ancient beauty on every street in the busy and bustling city of Hanoi. Take a chance to see one of traditional art forms in Vietnam - water puppet which has existed for more than 1000 years.
Not far from the center of Hanoi is Bat Trang ceramics village. This is where famous and well-known ceramics are produced and traded throughout the country. You may wander around the village to view a lot of potteries. In small workshops, you can manually create favorite products or paint on the beautiful pottery souvenirs for family and friends.
Not only famed for historical beautiful spots, Hanoi is also well-known by various special cuisines. Being invented in the early 20th century, “Pho” is the universally famous food which is best enjoyed in Hanoi. Tourists can have a taste of Pho (Noodle soup) anywhere in Hanoi from street vendors to high-end restaurant chain Pho 24.
If Pho is well-matched to linguine in shape, Bun is much more like a spaghetti dish. Bun thang is one of the most popular yet hidden cuisines in Hanoi that tourists can hardly find it outside the Old quarters or a few particular restaurants scattering across the city. Cha ca La Vong is also a must try when you come to Hanoi. It has been listed as one of the “Top 100 things you gotta try before you die” by many cuisine experts. A glass of local beer or ‘tra da’ (ice tea) will definitely give your meal more flavor.