Welcome to Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam is an awe-inspiring mix of East and West, combining conventional Sino- Vietnamese motifs and French style. Known as the 'Paris of the East', the city retains much of its older French inspired charm of bygone eras, however, it is now going through a building boom, making it a swiftly developing city in Southeast Asia and standing out as a must – go city attraction in Asia where the exotic chic of old Asia colonial legacy blends with modern outlook of new Asia.
The proud Old Quarter is second only to Hoi An for constant stretches of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, dense narrow plots and amazingly bustling streets. Visitors are enchanted with hawkers in conical hats ply their wares, locals sip coffee and fresh beer, watching busy life pass them by. Witness hikers of all ages at day break on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake while gray-haired granddads tug at their wisps over the following chess move. Enjoy delicious street foods or see the beautiful dine at charming restaurants and cut the latest moves on the dance floor.
Stop by a modern or vintage street side café and make the time gone by slowly with a cup of café au lait. There is no better place to untangle the paradox that is modern Vietnam. Grand mansions line great boulevards, and lakes and parks scattered around the city, providing romantic scenery to the nonstop soundtrack.